Found April 19, 2012 on Rumors and Rants:
After initially claiming he would not attend the 100th anniversary celebration of Fenway Park, Terry Francona has changed his mind and will be there. Francona and the Boston Red Sox had a bit of a rough parting last September and he took a job as an analyst for ESPN. He will call the Red Sox-Yankees game on Sunday night as well. The 52-year-old Francona led Boston to five playoff appearances in his eight years with the franchise, and guided the Red Sox to World Series titles in 2004 and 2007. The championship in 2004 was the team’s first since 1918. Overall in his time with the Sox, Francona led them to a record of 744-552, a .574 winning percentage. Despite those accolades, he had a falling out with the franchise after the team imploded at the end of the 2011 season. Unnamed team sources leaked details of Francona’s marital problems and use of pain killers to the press. In addition to that, team owner John Henry refused to return his calls for months before finally speak...

Report: Francona to attend Fenway event

Despite his messy departure last year, former Red Sox manager Terry Francona will return to Fenway Park Friday for the team's celebration of the ballpark's 100-year anniversary. Francona told The Boston Globe last week he would not attend the centennial celebration, but according to ESPN he has changed his mind, feeling an obligation to Red Sox fans. The manager who guided...

Tito reverses stance, agrees to attend Fenway bash

Less than a week after confirming to Dan Shaughnessy that he would not be attending Fenway's 100th anniversary celebration, Tito has changed his mind.  ESPN has the scoop: Former Boston Red Sox manager and current ESPN analyst Terry Francona has changed his mind and says he will be attending the Red Sox's 100th anniversary celebration of Fenway Park on Friday afternoon...

Report: Terry Francona to Attend Fenway Park's 100th Anniversary Celebration on Friday

Terry Francona has had a change of heart apparently. One of the best managers in Red Sox history will in fact be in the house Friday afternoon when the club formally celebrates the 100th anniversary of Fenway Park, according to Francona initially declined to return to for the celebration after he and the Red Sox parted ways after the end of the 2011 season. Francona was...

Terry Francona Will Party With Fans

As manager of the Boston Red Sox, Terry Francona won two World Series Championships and broke the “Curse of the Bambino.” The past decade was very kind to the Sox with Francona at the helm. Well, after last season’s “collapse,” things fell apart, the Sox fired Francona, and there’s been heavy tension between the organization and the former

Terry Francona changes his mind, will attend Fenway Park 100th anniversary

On second thought, maybe I will attend one of the most historical days in the history of the franchise that I won two championships with. That is the decision that Terry Francona has reportedly made, as he now plans to attend Fenway Park’s 100th anniversary celebration when the Red Sox host the Yankees Friday night. Last week, Francona was adamant about the fact that he would not...

Francona changes mind, will attend Fenway celebration

Last week, I reported that Terry Francona wouldn't be attending the Boston Red Sox celebration of the 100th anniversary of Fenway Park. Well Francona has apparently changed his mind, and an ESPN report indicates that Francona will in fact attend the celebration on Saturday against the Yankees.  In the ESPN report, Francona is quoted as saying that he feels like he owes it to...

Terry Francona Shuts Down Lansdowne Street As Fans Welcome Back Former Skipper (Photo)

Things got a little wild on Lansdowne Street just hours before the Red Sox-Yankees game, and believe it or not, it had nothing to do with fisticuffs. Fans began chanting and traffic was stopped when folks noticed former manager Terry Francona walking by, s seen in reporter Jeff Howe's photo below.

Terry Francona changes his mind and will attend Fenway’s 100th Anniversary Celebration

According to John Buccigross of ESPN via Twitter, Terry Francona has changed his mind and will attend the 100th Anniversary Celebration at Fenway Park this Friday. Terry Francona says he WILL be attending the Red Sox’s 100th anniversary celebration of Fenway Park on Friday afternoon. — John Buccigross (@Buccigross) April 18, 2012 Unless Terry found [...]

Daniel Bard Pleased That Terry Francona Is Returning to Fenway Park (Video)

Terry Francona will be back at Fenway Park this Friday as the Red Sox celebrate Fenway's 100th anniversary. Francona, who managed the Red Sox for eight years, originally said he wouldn't make the trip. But now he says he'll be there with all of the former players and Red Sox greats. Former Red Sox player and Red Sox GameDay LIVE presented by UNO analyst Jim Rice gives...

Francona Changing His Mind About Being At Fenway On Friday?

Although not yet confirmed by the team, numerous sources are indicating that former Red Sox manager Terry Francona will be in attendance at the 100th anniversary celebration of Fenway Park on Friday.Francona, of course managed the Red Sox from 2004 through 2011, winning the World Series in '04 and '07.

Your Morning Dump... Where Tito finally got his send-off

  Every morning, we compile the links of the day and dump them here... highlighting the big storyline. Because there's nothing quite as satisfying as a good morning dump. Terry Francona’s unceremonious departure from the Red Sox [team stats] after last season couldn’t have been uglier. But the erstwhile manager received a hero’s welcome yesterday upon his return to Fenway...

"Shame on Them"

Welcome to Boaton, where sticking up for your teammate is undermining the manager.Time heals all wounds, or so we have been told, but here's the real problem with the 2012 Red Sox: whether it was Terry Francona last September or Valentine now, the manager doesn't have a leg to stand on. Players undercut him then and they're undercutting him now. (Shame on them for...

Boston Red Sox vs New York Yankees Preview

So good, so good, so good. Or is it? The Boston Red Sox ownership wants you to feel that way, masking the Red Sox miserable 4-8 start behind the 100th year ceremony of Fenway Park. Today, they will make their best efforts to make you think about the past, and not the present. But then Terry Francona will step [...]

Red Sox to celebrate Fenway's 100th birthday vs. Yanks

The Boston Red Sox have a big celebration planned for Friday’s 100th birthday of Fenway Park. All living uniformed personnel that could be tracked down were invited to the festivities, and even former manager Terry Francona changed his tune and decided to join. Hoping to spoil the event will be the rival New York Yankees, who are already 2 ½ games ahead of slumping Boston. ...


No one's saying it but the signs are right before our eyes. The Boston Red Sox have been a divided team. The 25 man squad split into camps. One camp was thrilled to see Terry Francona "leave" town, another clique "upset" that he left, and still other players who just want to play baseball. Owner John Henry hires "old school" Bobby...
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