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Terry Francona after interviewing with Cardinals: “Whatever happens happens”

Nov 8, 2011, 4:44 PM EST

Terry Francona AP

As expected, Terry Francona interviewed with the Cardinals today, meeting with team chairman Bill DeWitt Jr. at his private equity firm in Cincinnati.

Joe Strauss of the St. Louis Post Dispatch spoke to Francona after the interview and the former Red Sox manager said: “There is a huge amount of tradition. A good organization. I was just excited to back in there and talk to them. Whatever happens, happens.”

Strauss also reports that Francona declined to comment on whether he’s a candidate for the Cubs job.

Tomorrow the Cardinals are scheduled to interview third base coach Jose Oquendo and Phillies minor-league manager Ryne Sandberg, and they’ve already interviewed Mike Matheny, Chris Maloney, and Joe McEwing..

  1. paperlions - Nov 8, 2011 at 6:35 PM

    I would like to confirm Tito’s statement. It is true: whatever happens, does indeed happen.

    • baccards - Nov 8, 2011 at 6:46 PM

      Yep, it is what it is

      • spudchukar - Nov 8, 2011 at 7:20 PM

        Phillie Phans however, disagree vehemently.

      • paperlions - Nov 8, 2011 at 7:53 PM

        It definitely looks like Francona has high CAR (cliches above replacement).

      • okwhitefalcon - Nov 8, 2011 at 10:23 PM

        At the end of the day…

      • fearlessleader - Nov 9, 2011 at 2:16 AM

        That’s baseball.

      • Old Gator - Nov 9, 2011 at 9:40 AM

        I always knew Francona was a phenomenologist at heart.

    • cur68 - Nov 8, 2011 at 8:33 PM

      And, going forward, when it happens, he’ll have expected it to happen.

      • natstowngreg - Nov 9, 2011 at 1:21 AM

        Unless it doesn’t happen the way he expected. The solution to that, of course, is to not expect anything.

        Maybe this was Francona’s oral exam for his PhD in Managerial Cliches from the Crash Davis School of Baseball Cliches.

  2. ms72lbc - Nov 8, 2011 at 8:12 PM

    Hopefully this charade will end tomorrow and the 3rd base coach gets moved to the dugout with a 3 year contract!

  3. aceshigh11 - Nov 8, 2011 at 9:20 PM

    Don’t worry.

    Tito’s apparent apathy towards getting the job is, in fact, just the Percocet talking.

    Too soon?

  4. JBerardi - Nov 9, 2011 at 10:21 AM

    That’s the relaxed Terry Francona attitude that served the Red Sox so well last september.

  5. cintiphil - Nov 9, 2011 at 10:36 AM

    I think this interview stuff is all for show. The redbirds have a guy in mind from within the organization. Probably Jose, but could be another guy. They just want to show the fans that they did an “extensive search” for the best guy.

  6. sparkycon - Nov 9, 2011 at 10:46 AM

    I understand Tito being cautious. He’s taking them one managerial job at a time….

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