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Terry Francona’s new book will talk a lot about his time with the Boston Red Sox and a lot about former outfielder Manny Ramirez.
“Francona: The Red Sox Years,’’ co-authored by Globe columnist Dan Shaughnessy will detail his eight year run as the manager of the Boston Red Sox naturally there are plenty of Ramirez stories to be told.
Here are a few from Boston.com.
Francona’s exasperation turns to anger when he recalls the incident when Ramirez shoved 64-year-old traveling secretary Jack McCormick to the ground when the mercurial slugger was denied a late, unreasonable request for 16 tickets in Houston during the 2008 season.
“It took me a few seconds to realize this wasn’t in fun,” Francona said. “There were not a lot of guys around when I got out there, and I saw Jack leaning against a table, kind of dazed. I grabbed Manny and said, ‘What the [expletive] are you doing?’ I was hoping he wasn’t going to hit me.”
Ramirez was traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers later that season but th
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Video is from prior to the Red Sox writers dinner today. Video courtesy of WEEI's Mike Petraglia.