Correa loved E-Rod mocking his celebration: 'Go out there and have fun'
The Boston Red Sox left-hander raised a few eyebrows when he mocked Astros shortstop Carlos Correa's trademark celebration in the sixth inning of Game 3. As he was leaving the mound in the sixth inning, E-Rod pointed at his wrist, which Correa did in Game 1 to indicate it was "my time."
But while Red Sox manager Alex Cora was displeased with his pitcher's actions, Correa was far from offended, and thought the display was a "cool" moment for the sport.
"It's just the way baseball should trend going forward," Correa said after Houston's 12-3 loss, according to Mark Berman of KRIV Houston. "We talk about making baseball fun, we talk about baseball growing and more people coming to watch the sport, you need things like that. You need to let the players have fun. And I loved it, personally."
"Why would it bother me?" he added, according to Brian McTaggart of MLB.com. "It's fun. It's fun. It's the game of baseball. We should all go out there and have fun."
Rodriguez scattered five hits and three earned runs over his six innings of work while striking out seven. He baffled Astros hitters all night, and displayed increased velocity consistently. Correa, who went 0-for-4 on the night, was effusive in his praise of the 28-year-old pitcher.
"He was nasty. His fastball command was great," the two-time All-Star shortstop said. "So whenever you have a performance like that against the No. 1 offensive team in the regular season, (and) we were the No. 1 offensive team in the regular season, you can do whatever you want, and you should have fun with it."
Rodriguez himself expressed some regret for the gesture in a postgame interview with Fox Sports 1's Tom Verducci.
"(I told him) don't do that," Cora said while explaining his reaction, according to Jason Mastrodonato of the Boston Herald. "We don't act that way. We just show up, we play and we move on. He knows. I let him know. We don't have to do that."