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Terry Francona unsure about managing in 2012

Oct 5, 2011, 7:03 PM EDT

Terry Francona Reuters

Speaking publicly for the first time since exiting as Boston’s manager, Terry Francona touched on several subjects Wednesday on WEEI, saying that he would have stayed with the Red Sox had his options been picked up and that he’s unsure about his status for 2012.

On his departure:

I have to own a lot of the responsibility for what happened. It was my responsibility to not let what happened happen. So regardless of how ownership feels or regardless of how (general manager) Theo (Epstein) feels or how the fans feel, I had a responsibility to get something done and it didn’t get done. …

Maybe it was just time. It certainly hurts. Some things I felt like was able to get done in the past, I wasn’t able to quite get done this year, especially at the end. That bothered me, a lot.

On his plans for 2012:

I don’t know, guys. I really don’t know. I certainly would love to stay in the game. I have no ambition to ever leave the game. … I don’t want to try to manage in the wrong situation. That wouldn’t be good for me. To manage again, you have to have someone think you’re worthy to manage. That may not happen. It may happen down the road. Who knows? What I need to do is try to take a deep breath, try to have some perspective right now. That’s not the easiest thing to do

Francona also talked about getting a phone call from Manny Ramirez after his departure was announced:

Actually, Manny called me. How ‘bout that? I was very surprised. It was actually a very nice message and I appreciated it a lot.

  1. 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Oct 5, 2011 at 7:43 PM

    “saying that he would have stayed with the Red Sox had his options been picked up”

    Does that mean this was not a mutual parting of ways as it has often been portrayed, but a straight-up firing of Francona by the Boston front office? If that’s the case their decision simply makes no sense

    • Glenn - Oct 5, 2011 at 10:22 PM

      I think it means that if they insisted he come back or at least just picked up the option, he would have stayed out of loyalty. Since they left the option open, he could leave if it didn’t feel right. Of course, what do I know.

      Francona is a class act who will be greatly missed in Boston.

  2. aceshigh11 - Oct 5, 2011 at 8:20 PM

    Always struck me as a helluva nice guy, and a straight-shooter.

    He really doesn’t much else to prove. I wish him well, wherever he lands.

  3. chrisnbeckett - Oct 6, 2011 at 12:47 PM

    Tito was the best manager we ever had in our dugout,whata shame for him to be the fallgoat.

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