View Full Version : What we didn't know about Cora

10-19-2005, 05:35 AM
When blood pours from your body because of a stab wound, as it did from Joey Cora's 19 years ago, your perspective tends to change.

It certainly did for Cora, the White Sox' third-base coach, but only gradually. As a feisty young ballplayer who had an against-all-odds mentality to become a major-leaguer despite doubts about his size, Cora rambled through life with a chip on his shoulder.

He refused to give an inch despite always being the smallest guy on his team. He's listed now at 5-8, 170 pounds, but both numbers seem a little generous. Yet there used to be no backing down. While playing for Class AA Beaumont (Texas) in 1986 as a member of the San Diego Padres' organization, Cora showered quickly after a game at San Antonio because he had dinner plans with a member of the opposing team. He went outside the clubhouse and noticed three young men on the team bus and argued with them until they left. Teammates Candy Sierra and Eric Hardgrave emerged, and Cora was explaining what happened when the three youths returned, now in a crowd that numbered .............

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