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 User
Posted Jan 16, 2013 3:20 PM CST
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)

(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.

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Jan 16, 2013 8:41 PM CST
I used to go to Fenway Park every year, often multiple times. The teams were fun to watch and always contending. They lost all their clubhouse guys, then team became a collection of over paid, over pampered, over sensitive spoiled brats. They priced the average fan out of the experience of going to Fenway too. After parking, 2 tickets, food during and after the game, plus beer and a souvenir, your at about $400. I can fly to Tampa round trip get a ticket and eat drink, and park for the same price. Go Rays! 1/3 the pay role, more wins, grateful hard working players, 5 dollar tickets, free parking, and cheap beer.
Jan 16, 2013 6:45 PM CST
Bad management is a beyond epidemic, it's endemic.
Jan 16, 2013 5:12 PM CST
'Marketable players'? ' Sexy guys'? What is this baseball or a beauty contest?