The Red Sox will take on the Marlins for a weekend three-game series, but it will be Will Venable who will be managing the team, instead of Alex Cora.
Cora will be flying home to Puerto Rico, to see his daughter Camila graduate from high school. Camila Cora is the second of Alex and his ex-wife Nilda’s four children. Camila is also the manager’s only daughter.
“It’s our time to root for her,” Cora said before Wednesday’s Red Sox-Braves contest. “I cannot wait for Saturday. It’s probably the biggest day of my life, to be able to see Camila graduate from high school. It’s amazing. She’s actually the life of our family, the vibe of our family and she’s the leader of our family. I cannot wait for that – It will be a special day.”
Camila will be attending Boston College this fall, as a part of BC’s 2025 class. Alex and her will get to see more of each other with BC’s campus being very close to Boston.
“This girl, she means the world to us,” Cora later remarked. “She has been through a lot in her life. A child of divorced parents, that’s not easy. But the fact we’ve been able to work together and put her in the situation where she’s at right now. She’s going to college, she has been great to us throughout the process. She has suffered a lot in the last 16 months with everything that happened with me, but at the same time, our relationship has grown. I explained to her a lot of stuff. She had a lot of questions and I answered all of them.”
Venable, the 38-year old Red Sox bench coach, will manage the team for the weekend. He was in the running for the Red Sox managerial job before Cora would end up winning the position. It will mark his managerial debut.
“For Will, no pressure at all,” Cora said. “Just go out there and try to win a ballgame. I told him, ‘No texting. No calling. Just get ready for that.’ He’ll be fine. So looking forward for Saturday on a personal note, and also to see Will go out there and do his thing.”