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Fire Francona? Nonsense

Sep 29, 2011, 10:30 AM EDT

Terry Francona

Because people naturally look for a fall guy in such instances, the question that was only simmering over the past few days has blown up today: should the Red Sox fire Terry Francona?  It’s the subject of columns. And a survey. And I presume it’s going to be all over talk radio.  But does it make any sense?

Not from where I’m sitting.  Terry Francona didn’t injure Clay Buchholz, Diasuke Matsuzaka, Kevin Youkilis and — I’m guessing to an extent more than anyone has let on — Adrian Gonzalez.  He didn’t cause Carl Crawford and John Lackey to take collective dumps all season and Jon Lester and Josh Beckett to do the same through much of September.  He wasn’t the steadiest hand on the rudder with the bullpen down the stretch, but then again, no one down there gave him any reason for confidence.

A ton of stuff led to this Red Sox collapse. So many things that it’s easy to throw up your hands and say that, given the total failure, the guy who is in charge of everything — Terry Francona — should be held responsible.  But I say that’s baloney.  Maybe he cost a team a win here or there with a questionable decision, but tons of games were lost simply because a lot of highly-paid professionals didn’t do their jobs. Or were hurt. Or both. Blaming Francona may make you feel good for a little while, but I really don’t see how he’s even in the top five of blameworthy Boston Red Sox.

Now, Fredi Gonzalez on the other hand …


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  1. 1historian - Oct 2, 2011 at 3:49 PM

    This kind of stuff happens in Boston with the Red Sox – it’s in the dna, it just HAPPENS and there is nothing you or anyone can do about it except sit back and enjoy the silly spectacle of people blaming other people and good people getting fired and all of the silliness that accompanies an epic stinkeroo such as the Sox managed to pull over the last month.

    and when the dust has settled there is but one conclusion to come to:

    feces occur

  2. bobdira - Oct 4, 2011 at 6:58 PM

    I was worried your TV may not be working. I remembered that since you are a sox fan you had to be a spectator to all the playoffs. It was fun being in it. I’ll explain what it was like to those who haven’t been there in a long while, but not now, I’m too busy looking at the season’s highlights.

    There’s one now, Longo’s home run to put us into the Wild Card over the, the, the…….

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