02.11.2019 Three Cheers for Sports Done Right
The 2018 World Series Champion Red Sox Represent PCA Principles
These are just a few of the many moments that represented and reflected PCA principles throughout the latest Red Sox World Series victory. See the detailed list below of all the ways the Red Sox supported each other to victory.
10. “Every player on the bench, every player on that roster, coaches, medical staff, everybody . . . everybody put their heart and soul into this and here we are.” Chris Sale credits the Red Sox World Series championship on the whole team’s positive culture.
9. “We just lost a World Series game in 18 innings. But after that meeting (with Cora), it didn’t feel like we lost. It felt like we won.” Rick Porcello’s words show that the Red Sox went on to win the next game because of the way Cora makes his players feel.
8. Pats on the back and encouraging words for Ian Kinsler after his errant throw prolonged game #3 show that Red Sox players understand that a Triple-Impact Competitor® supports teammates.
7. The Fenway faithful gave former Red Sox hero and World Series Champion Dave Roberts a standing ovation during his game #1 introduction. Red Sox fans know what it means to Respect Your Rival.
6. “He made me feel better than what I am.” Eduardo Nunez captures how so many Red Sox feel about Cora, their tank-filling manager.
5. “I know that whether I play well or not or whether we win or lose, I am still going to get to a big hug from my family.” Mookie Betts is relaxed on the field because he has Second-Goal Parents.
4. Starting pitchers David Price, Nathan Eovaldi, Chris Sale, Rick Porcello, and Eduardo Rodgriguez pitched in relief, and catcher Christian Vazquez played first base, without complaint. Stepping into new roles, these Red Sox showed a powerful growth mindset.
3. “It’s not crushing at all. Guys gave their maximum effort.” Alex Cora’s response to losing game #3 the longest game in World Series history shows that he is a Double-Goal Coach®.
2. Xander Bogaerts’ hustle to beat out a double-play extended the inning making Steve Pearce’s 425-foot highlight reel, MVP-earning home run in game #4 possible. In pointing out Bogaerts’ hustle to the press post-game, Cora demonstrated the importance of noticing effort.
1. The Red Sox come from behind win for the championship in game #4. Staying focused on the ultimate goal, the Red Sox showed grit after falling behind 4-0 early in the game and battling back to beat the Dodgers, who were 54-0 when leading by 4 or more at any point in a game.
+ 1. “The next thing I’m going to ask ownership is if we can take the trophy to my island.” Cora and the Red Sox brought a planeload of supplies and staff to Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria devastated the island, now the trophy and many on the team will go back because Cora and the Red Sox understand that sports are “bigger than the game,” exemplifying PCA’s mission of developing Better Athletes, Better People.