Thanks for the Memories

If today is the end of the Terry Francona era as skipper of the Boston Red Sox, let me be the first to say Thank You for all that you have given us fans.  This has been the best seven years of Red Sox baseball and he has guided them through thick and thin.  He was the perfect choice at the perfect time and it was one of Theo’s best moves. 

I remember being in the Philly area around the time that Francona got hired.  I got so much slack from my Phillie fan relatives about how bad Fran”coma” would do in Boston.  Well, it’s pretty impressive what a guy can do when hired by an A+ organization and given top talent.  I think it worked out pretty well.

I can’t blame the guy for wanting to leave.  The man’s gotta be exhausted.  Seven years at the helm of the BoSox is like 14 human years.  It is so stressful.  Every game is looked at as a playoff game.  You get just as much heat for a game in May as you do for a game in October.  I think this collapse just solidified the fact that he was done. 

Now the issue this team faces is what next?  Theo will be hiring the next manager but what future does Theo have.  Epstein has two years left on his contract.  If he hires a new manager, that guy will most likely get a three-year deal.  What if this team craps out again and Theo gets canned.  The new GM will be brought in with a manager that’s not his guy.  He’ll want to start fresh and then this organization is in complete disarray.  Of course that is the pessimistic Sox fan talking.  I think that this late collapse is a total aberration.  A once-in-a-lifetime event.  I trust that Theo and co. will hire the right guy for the job. 

The early rumors lead us back to Philly.  The bench coach there Pete Mackanin is rumored to be a great fit and why not.  He understands what it takes to coach in a big baseball town under the hot lights of scrutiny and what it takes to coach a clubhouse full of big time stars. 

Other interesting options are DeMarlo Hale, I’ve read Bobby Valentine(ick), a longshot could be Brian Daubach who coached in AA for the Nationals and dealt with the media and bigtime stars in Bryce Harper and Steven Strasburg.  Tony LaRussa and Joe Torre are highly unlikely.  I think it’s going to be a younger “new-age” manager who can bring a new level of energy to the bench.

Only Tito knows what is up.  Hell, if the man’s done he’s done.  I’ll tell you what, he looks done.  This job takes a lot out of you but the rewards know no bounds. 

Thank You Tito for seven great years and two titles.  You will always live on in Boston sports lore. 

Now, about that roster………..  (BTW 140 days till Spring training) 🙂

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2 Responses to “Thanks for the Memories”

  1. Pete Olsen Says:

    How about a blog in regards to the recent airing of dirty laundry throughout the Red Sox organization? Fried chicken, beer and video games in the clubhouse while teamates were on the field fighting for a spot in the playoffs’s? If that is true I have no doubt that you would find it unacceptable.

  2. Trust me, there’s one coming

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