Dave Roberts and Alex Cora’s best moments playing for their 2018 World Series opponents |

    After guiding their respective teams to the World Series, managers Dave Roberts and Alex Cora are well-liked in Los Angeles and Boston, respectively. Not too long ago, however, the tables were turned: Cora played the first seven years of his career with the Dodgers, while Roberts spent a fairly famous few months as a Red Sox. so before the two captains square off in the fall classic, we thought we’d go wild on Friday and revisit some of their best moments with the team they’ll face in game 1 tonight. Cora’s Debut Cora was initially drafted in the 13th round by the Twins in 1993, but instead of signing he opted to play for the University of Miami. He quickly became a star, arguably the best defensive player in the country, and led the Hurricanes to back-to-back college World Series appearances in 1995 and 1996. The Dodgers took notice, taking Cora in the third round of the 1996 draft. and in less than two years he was ready to make his big league debut, thanks to both his smooth glove and his undeniable youthful charm:

    Cora got the call on June 7, 1998, as a defensive replacement in the last inning against the Mariners, where her brother Joey happened to be the starting second baseman. Sure, the younger Cora struck out in his only at-bat that day, but over the next seven years he proved to be a solid contributor for the Angels, appearing in 684 games and racking up 482 hits. a rushed first hitabout a month after her major league debut, cora got her first career hit with a perfectly executed drag bunt down the first base line at candlestick park, though it required Cora dodged an inspired bunt attempt by first baseman J.T. snow:

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    Pretty remarkable way to get your first career hit, right? Cora had a flair for drama, as a hit six years later would prove. the 18-pitch at-batCora’s at-bat against Matt Clement of the Cubs on May 12, 2004, began like any other mid-season plate appearance. the infielder made it 2-1, then fouled out to even things up at 2-2. he then he threw another foul pitch…and another…and another, until he had blown 14 pitches in a row. release no. the 18th, however, was not a foul. it was a dinger:

    Roberts’ Breakthrough With Curt SchillingRoberts didn’t hit many home runs throughout his playing days, only 23. But he did occasionally sneak up on pitchers with his swing, as he did with curt schilling in arizona on april 1, 2003:

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    working together to help each other outthe lines get a little blurry when you consider that both managers were teammates on the 2004 dodgers, before the red sox drafted roberts down the stretch (more on that later). And on April 14 of that year in San Diego, Cora scored on a sacrifice fly hit by, you guessed it, Roberts to set up a run for the Angels. teamwork!

    the robbery ok, here we are, the moment you’ve all been waiting for. (okay, not yankees fans; they might want to look the other way). Roberts had been stealing bases for most of his life. A two-sport high school student in San Diego, he made the UCLA baseball team and left four years later as the school’s all-time stolen base leader. in his first full season of minor league baseball in 1995, he stole 30 bags in just 92 games. He compiled 45 steals in 2002, with the Dodgers no less, and 40 more in 2003. Then, when the Red Sox looked around at the 2004 non-waiver trade deadline for anything that might help their team to finally break his 86-year contract. World Series drought, they thought Roberts’ speed could come in handy off the bench. if only they knew :

    roberts spent only three months in boston, but etched his name forever in franchise history.

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