As the final weekend of the MLB regular season comes to a deliciously intense climax, there are other things happening in baseball of interest to Red Sox fans.
Former Sawks skipper, Terry Francona, has been tagged in the media as the front-runner manager candidate of the Cleveland Indians, an ironic twist considering Francona’s dad, Tito, spent five years with the Indians from 1959-1964.
If Francona ends up in Cleveland, the Indians will be the beneficiary of one of the most steady and professional influences in the managerial ranks today. A huge component of the Red Sox 2011 dysfunction – only overshadowed by the MASSIVE dysfunction being experienced under the Valentine circus tent – was the Boston brass incorrectly thinking that Francona was part of the problem.
Eight years, two world championships and all of a sudden it’s the manager that’s the problem?
The 2012 deal with the Dodgers was proof positive that the primary disruptive and cancerous influence in the clubhouse was muted when he and the three amigos were shipped to La La Land.
In a perfect world Francona is still the manager in Boston. The world is not perfect. It’s messy. One need only look at how far the franchise has fallen since Francona’s exit as confirmation that thing have indeed gotten very messy in Boston.
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