Red Sox brass did their best to dodge questions about MLB’s ongoing investigation into cheating allegations surrounding their 2018 World Series-winning team, but they were firm in their belief the championship is legitimate.
During a Wednesday press conference addressing their firing of manager Alex Cora, Sox owner John Henry and president Sam Kennedy both said Boston “absolutely” won the 2018 series over the Dodgers fairly.
It was by far the strongest sentiment expressed during a 50-minute press conference throughout which the regular refrain from Sox brass — which included chairman Tom Werner and chief baseball officer Chaim Bloom — was they wouldn’t comment on the investigation into the 2018 Red Sox or the 2017 Astros, while asking fans to reserve judgement on the ’18 Sox until MLB’s investigation is complete.
The firing was purely related to Cora’s role in the Astros’ cheating scheme.
“It was ultimately an easy decision for the Red Sox and for Alex,” Kennedy said, referencing the company line that the two side mutually agreed to part ways.
Werner said the team has a responsibility to uphold standards, which played a role in Cora’s ouster,…