Red Sox Owners Don't 'Love Baseball': Francona Tell-All

Theo, Tito unload in new book co-written by Dan Shaughnessy

By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff

Posted Jan 16, 2013 3:20 PM CST

(Newser) – Terry Francona isn't holding back anymore. In a new book, co-written with columnist Dan Shaughnessy, the incoming Cleveland manager unloads about his time with the Red Sox, accusing the owners of meddling with the team to disastrous results, the Boston Globe reports. "They come in with all these ideas about baseball, but I don’t think they love baseball," Francona writes of the owners in one excerpt. "They’re good owners. But they don’t love the game. It’s still more of a toy or a hobby for them."

The book also quotes Theo Epstein with similar complaints. "They told us we didn’t have any marketable players. We need some sexy guys," he said. "Talk about the tail wagging the dog. We’d become too big. It was the farthest thing removed from what we set out to be." Francona also discusses his dismissal, describing his last meeting with ownership as a "charade." "When people ask me if I left the Red Sox on my own or if I was fired, I don't even know how to answer that," he writes.

In this June 25, 2011, file photo, Boston Red Sox manager Terry Francona stands in the dugout during a 6-4 loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates
In this June 25, 2011, file photo, Boston Red Sox manager Terry Francona stands in the dugout during a 6-4 loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates   (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File)
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