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10:30 AM ET 02.18 | Terry Francona is still looking for a little perspective. His likely move out of the Boston area should help. The triple play of awfulness he experienced last year - being at the helm for the Red Sox' historic collapse, being fired and then seeing his integrity dragged through the mud by unnamed club sources in a local newspaper article - hit him hard and deep. There are few remaining reasons, family or professional, to keep his roots here. He certainly landed on his feet with the plum assignment of being an analyst on ESPN's Sunday evening baseball games, but he has not fully regained his confidence and brio. It will take some more time and distance for that to happen. Until it does, Francona wants to be careful how he sounds and what he says about the three-part car wreck that ended his mostly sweet eight-year tenure as manager of the Red Sox.

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Terry Francona, Icon SMI Terry Francona, Icon SMI
February 18, 2012  10:45 AM ET

True Sox fans still appreciate what you accomplished, Mr. Francona

February 18, 2012  10:54 AM ET

I agree with you there.

February 18, 2012  11:05 AM ET

Deplorable treatment. Perhaps a manager can't survive a historical collapse, fair or unfair....but the way he was kicked out the door was an embarrassment. Yet, not surprising from this fan base or media.

February 18, 2012  11:16 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

True Sox fans still appreciate what you accomplished, Mr. Francona

francona did great job while with the red sox, two world series championship, and a inforgetable memories from this great manager, but its tough to swallow for the owners, i mean they refuse to face the reality, and the manager not always can make any miracles, in life where ever francona goes he always will be a master in his knowledge in the baseball world!!!

February 18, 2012  11:20 AM ET

players or managers could get to see their heads rolling down, for any little mistake, especially in the big teams as its the boston, or the yankees, perhaps burnett wasn't that ## ! ace in the yankees rotation, but thanks to burnett the yanks were able to get # 27 championship!!!

February 18, 2012  11:22 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

True Sox fans still appreciate what you accomplished, Mr. Francona

No question. I wish him all the best.

February 18, 2012  11:22 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

Deplorable treatment. Perhaps a manager can't survive a historical collapse, fair or unfair....but the way he was kicked out the door was an embarrassment. Yet, not surprising from this fan base or media.

Please don't lump the fan base in with the media. Red Sox fans loved Tito and will always be grateful to him for helping bring 2 WS titles to Boston. As far as being kicked out the door, he really has nobody to blame but himself. He lost control of the locker room and let the players walk all over him. There was really no way he could come back under those circumstances.

Bottom line is he will always be a legend in that town in the eyes of the fans, and I'm sure he will never have to buy another drink as long as he lives.

February 18, 2012  11:31 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

Please don't lump the fan base in with the media.

Thank you, sir.

Now I can bite my tongue. :-)

February 18, 2012  11:38 AM ET

He certainly landed on his feet with the plum assignment of being an analyst on ESPN's Sunday evening baseball games, but he has not fully regained his confidence and brio. It will take some more time and distance for that to happen.

This is true of anyone else working in the corporate world who is the victim of mergers and subsequent layoffs. Been there, done that. If you haven't experienced this, then you haven't been pushing the envelope. Good people need to be let go when a franchise must go in a new direction. Life goes on - for everyone.

"Plum assignment" is the operative phrase here. He's in good shape as he writes a new chapter in his life. Meanwhile... life without the old ball-and-chain certainly will be part of it all. As if there wasn't enough going on.

We feel for you, Tito. Chin up! See you on TV!

February 18, 2012  12:53 PM ET
QUOTE(#3):

Deplorable treatment. Perhaps a manager can't survive a historical collapse, fair or unfair....but the way he was kicked out the door was an embarrassment. Yet, not surprising from this fan base or media.

Great first post...you've now established that you don't know a bleeping thing about the Sox fan base. Most Sox fans will always have a warm spot in their heart for Tito, despite the last month of his tenure here. He led the team to 2 WS championships, and was a class act all the way. As jnorman41 wrote, he'll never have a bar tab anywhere in New England again.

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February 18, 2012  01:30 PM ET

For most Sox fans, Tito is like family, and it wll be very sad not to see him in the dugout this year. Best Sox manager ever!

February 18, 2012  01:35 PM ET

It's 9 Years Since Gary Carter was inducted into the Hall of Fame, and the Mets have yet to retire his number, like they have a multitude of HOF Players. Be sure they will have a Gary Carter day this year, but not to honor Gary but to fill up the park so that they can make money on him!
God Bless Gary Carter, I don't think he's going to bless them!

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February 18, 2012  02:33 PM ET

Here is an idea, Tito. Next time you see a bunch of **** players eating fried chicken and drinking beer in the clubhouse during a game you fine and bench them instead of acting like you didn't see it. You're lucky you don't have a real job because they wouldn't wait until the end of the season to fire you.

February 18, 2012  03:01 PM ET
QUOTE(#15):

Here is an idea, Tito. Next time you see a bunch of **** players eating fried chicken and drinking beer in the clubhouse during a game you fine and bench them instead of acting like you didn't see it. You're lucky you don't have a real job because they wouldn't wait until the end of the season to fire you.

All players have my permission to Drink Beer & Eat Chicken, what the Hell is this world coming to?

February 18, 2012  03:13 PM ET

Glad we could help with the Red Sox collapse

February 18, 2012  03:17 PM ET

Good coaches sometimes get canned.Way to much being made of this chicken+beer media fueled drivel.Whitey Herzogs' dismissal by KC in '79 turned out some key players over doing the yeh-yo and some office backstabbing Their loss was our gain as he went on to field some pretty decent StL teams in the 80's. Herzogs '89 resignation + Joe Torres' dismissal in StL in '95 due to Busch III paring down expenditures in order to unload a business he hated. Our loss became their gain as he went on to some decent NYY teams. Never under estimate unpublished, behind the scenes politics. Both guys showed class, didn't point fingers, as has Francona, and moved ahead. Francona will rise again.

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February 18, 2012  03:26 PM ET

I am no Red Sox fan but Mr Francona has done a fine job. The firing may or may not have been necessary but was definitely handled in an unprofessional manner.
Terry did an interview (before the firing) stating that "a change may be necessary", which was a very classy way to set up a proper dismissal. Unfortunately, this was not reciprocated, with "Terry has been nothing short of a miracle-worker during his time in Boston etc..."
Terry could have blasted his players, GM, owners whatever but never did.
Don't worry Terry. The majority of Boston fans seem to love you & realize what you have done for them during your term as manager. By the end of the 2012 season, (and the disaster that this season will be for the Red Sox) the rest of the fans will realize it as well.

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