Terry Francona returns to Fenway Park for the first time as an opposing team's manager tonight. While it may be an emotional return for the former manager, it will be business as usual for this current group of Red Sox.
When asked if there was anything planned for his former manager and cribbage rival second baseman Dustin Pedroia said, "Nothing, I got nothing. He knows what people think of him. But we played against [the Indians] already. That part is not a big deal."
Asked if he knew Francona's upstart Indians are in first place Pedroia said, "Are they playing good? We're about the Red Sox, man. That's it."
Pedroria did concede, "It'll be good to see him."
The current resident of Francona's former corner office, Red Sox manager John Farrell, said he expects Tito will get a big welcome.
"I would fully expect he'd get a great welcome and a great ovation and deservedly so."