Now that he has become as vocal as Bobby Valentine... except Valentine didn't have to throw his organization under the bus in a book!
Bosox fans are in denial and want it to stay that way. Sad story about the Bosox fan base.
1) No one was knocking down his door to manage a team full of talent besides the Red sox owners, after an unimpressive stint with the Phillies. He should give the owners some credit for giving him an opportunity that no one else was willing to give.
2) Tito has some blame in this team's record going downhill as well. There were many questionable managerial decisions he made his last few seasons that you can't blame anyone else for.
Well, it's not as though a lot of managers hadn't had the same experience with other teams.
The Yankees had Torre among last in their search following Showalter's stint. He was a so so manager until he was handed a talent laden team.
And fwiw, Francona wasn't given as competitive a team in Philly, either. Tito was bookended by Fregosi and Bowa, who didn't fare a whole lot better.
If there was a strength Francona had, it was found in handling huge ego players that were often times at odds with one another... Schilling and Ramirez, Schilling and Martinez, Millar and Garciaparra... The similar kind of skill that Torre had in NY.
And sure, he bears some responsibility for the collapse in 2011, but so too did the Sox FO, who largely ignored his repeated calls for them to help.
Well, I don't know why some managers with mediocre resumes are more coveted than others around baseball, but the fact is there weren't a lot of other job offers with good teams waiting for Tito.
There was some tension when Torre finally left too, but he at least gave the Yanks some appreciation for the once in a lifetime job opportunity.
Well, the same would be true for why the Sox hired Valentine.
Francona also expressed thanks for his job with the Red Sox and during his total tenure with the club, he was the consummate company man - he never uttered an ill word towards anyone in the FO.
That changed, of course, when the media smeared the man every which way they could. And just as Torre did, here comes Francona with his take on what it was like. If you've read Verducci's "The Yankee Years", many in the Yankees FO don't come out looking so well.
Valentine took a team to the world series, a far cry from anything Tito had done.
Plenty of people didn't like him, but Bobby had established himself as someone who knew the game of baseball extremely well and a good in game manager, can't say the same for Tito before the red sox hired him.
..."Valentine took a team to the world series, a far cry from anything Tito had done."...
You're trying to be funny.
Prior to going to the Mets, Bobby spent 8 seasons in Texas and was about a .500 manager. He spent another 4 with the Mets before getting to the WS.
Francona? He spent 4 lackluster season in Philly and in his first year as Boston's skipper, won a WS.
But Valentine has never had the distinction of associating two World Series titles to his name.
The game passed Bobby by and this past season was more than enough for anyone associated with the game and knows it, understands that. But that isn't the principle point. Valentine isn't the topic - at all.
Francona is and he's finally getting to tell his story. Good for him.
The point is Tito hadn't accomplished much of anything before the owners hired him. Valentine had far far more major league wins under his belt before he started here. Bobby was a well known name around baseball, much more so than Tito Francona before he became red sox manager.
It's good he gets to tell a story, I just hope he tells the whole story. Because no one would care about anything he says if the owners hadn't hired him in the first place.
Your heart just isn't in this anymore. At least, none of your other accounts are.
Good, I'm glad!
Seriously, like the BS about the marriage stuff, and pill popping just came floating out of mid air....like the bashing of almost every Sox player that has left.
This FO is full of snakes and weasels, and this isn't new news.