Alex Cora: A Little Respect, Please...Why the Laughter for the Mets?

Wendy AdairAnalyst IJuly 21, 2010

NEW YORK - JULY 07:  Alex Cora #13 of the New York Mets bats against the Cincinnati Reds on July 7, 2010 at Citi Field in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. The Reds defeated the Mets 3-1.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
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After last night's 3-2 loss, Alex Cora got quite upset about some laughter in the clubhouse.

This issue was also discussed by Boomer and Cartman on WFAN radio this morning.

Here is the link to David Lennon's Twitter Post:

While none of us were in the clubhouse to fully know what was the joke or why Cora in particular got so offended, there is a concern that the Mets players will be labeled as "playing for the paycheck instead of the win".

The laughter may have had nothing to do with the game they just lost, it could have been about Ollie Perez being activated or something completely unrelated to baseball.

On one hand, its a game, no sense crying over a loss, go get the win tomorrow, but on the other hand, losing is not something to be laughed off.

Baseball players get paid a lot of money and fans expect to see them take it seriously, so news of this kind will always draw ire from a fanbase.

The Mets players are going to take their cue from the leaders, both management, coaches and veterans.

Jerry Manuel has been known to laugh and joke about everything, and proven team leaders like David Wright, Jason Bay, Jeff Francoeur and Carlos Beltran did not openly confront the jokesters.

Wright, Bay and Beltran did not play a good game, but that is not the full reason they lost, it takes a 25 man team to win and it takes a 25 man team to lose.  Francoeur only had a pinch hit appearance. 

If anyone had reason to be angry it had to be either RA Dickey, Angel Pagan or Josh Thole, as they did very well, but only Cora seemed upset. 

As the team's de-facto Captain, Wright will always be expected to intervene in the clubhouse.  A lot of fans may be asking "where was Wright in this?", truth is he could have been any number of places - on the trainers table icing down his bruised knee, working out in the weight room or even in the showers when this occurred and found out about it after the fact.

Alex Cora has the utility and off the bench role so part of his anger may have been frustration at not getting a chance to play.

Time will tell if Cora's anger got through to his teammates, but I am sure it had an impact in the clubhouse last night.