Originally posted on Rumors and Rants  |  Last updated 4/19/12

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 speaking to him in February. Francona was not happy about that, claiming the conversation came “five months too late.

Clearly Francona’s former players believe he should be there. Daniel Bard said, “I think he deserves a standing ovation for what he did. He was such a big part of so many good things that happened here.”

Outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury chimed in as well, saying, “I think Red Sox fans and players will give him a good reception. He won two World Series and built a relationship here through the years.”

The ceremony honoring Fenway Park’s 100th anniversary will take place before Friday night’s game against the Yankees.

It wouldn’t have felt a bit empty if Francona had not been in attendance. Bard and Ellsbury are right, he was a big part of those two championships and should be welcomed back with open arms.

GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Russell Westbrook gets emotional thanking family in MVP speech

Malcolm Brogdon makes history by beating out Saric, Embiid for Rookie of the Year

Bill Russell delivers epic line after winning NBA lifetime achievement award

Draymond Green ensemble at NBA Awards must be seen to believe

Victor Oladipo gets schooled by young boy at basketball camp

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

John Wall trying to recruit Paul George to join Wizards

Report: Saints looking at ways to recoup guaranteed money owed to Nick Fairley

Martellus Bennett thinks Rodgers is better than Brady?

Fairley expected to miss 2017 season due to heart condition

Cousins could get more than $30 million per year in free agency?

Charlie Sheen puts Babe Ruth trade contract, World Series ring up for auction

Big3 brings summer festival feel to basketball with barnstorming tour

The 'Tonight, we settle the Beard vs. Brodie debate' quiz

2016-17 NBA Awards: The 8th Man Award for most overlooked player this year

2016-17 NBA Awards: The Disappearing Act Award for player who came up small

Getaway Day: Welcome back to the world, AL Central

The 10 best sports docs available for streaming

Feeding your roundball addiction through the summer months

Best of Yardbarker: Diana Taurasi makes history

The 'Finest running back from America’s Finest City' quiz

Players who need to turn around their season to save their teams

Sports & Politics Intersect: Washington gets a rare win

Three Up, Three Down: Flouting the written and unwritten rules of baseball

MLB News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Big3 brings summer festival feel to basketball with barnstorming tour

The 'Tonight, we settle the Beard vs. Brodie debate' quiz

2016-17 NBA Awards: The 8th Man Award for most overlooked player this year

2016-17 NBA Awards: The Disappearing Act Award for player who came up small

Getaway Day: Welcome back to the world, AL Central

The 10 best sports docs available for streaming

Feeding your roundball addiction through the summer months

Best of Yardbarker: Diana Taurasi makes history

The 'Finest running back from America’s Finest City' quiz

2016-17 NBA Awards: The Billy King Award for worst trade

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker