Originally posted on NESN.com  |  Last updated 10/25/12
BOSTON -- Terry Francona may be in Cleveland, but he's still keeping his tabs on the state of the Red Sox. When John Farrell accepted the job to become the franchise's 46th manager history in history last Saturday, he called Francona -- he served as Francona's pitching coach with the Red Sox from 2007 to 2010 -- to share the news. Turns out, the Indians skipper is pretty pleased that his protégé is following in his footsteps. "[Francona] was pumped up that this had a chance to come to fruition, almost with his blessing in a way," Farrell said. "It was a neat conversation. We’ve shared a lot over time." But Farrell also inherited Francona's mess, a team in disarray with a slide that started when the Red Sox went 7-20 in September 2011 -- under Francona's watch. While Farrell is still identifying the organization's woes over the past 13 months, the skipper insisted he never discussed those issues with Francona. "They weren’t about that," Farrell said of their conversations. "He’s very positive, he reflects upon his time here in a very positive way." And it sounds like Francona hopes Farrell will experience the same positive sentiment. Have a question for Didier Morais? Send it to him via Twitter at @DidierMorais  or send it here. He will pick a few questions to answer every week for his mailbag.

This article first appeared on NESN.com and was syndicated with permission.

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