Originally written January 28, 2013 on Waiting For Next Year:
New Indians manager Terry Francona was the subject of an hour long interview with Bob Costas for MLB Network’s Studio 42 with Bob Costas. The program will air Wednesday, January 30th at 9:00pm on the MLB Network. While the majority of the interview deals with Francona’s new book and his time with the Red Sox, there are discussions about his time in Philadelphia and Michael Jordan’s stint in AA baseball. Of course, his current job with the Indians is discussed as well- “I’m honestly excited to see how good we can be. We’re in a little different place than maybe the ’04 Red Sox were. We’re younger. I’m kind of looking forward to being able to get on the field and maybe making an impact with guys as opposed to maybe putting fires out, maybe being a little bit more of a coach again. I missed that so I’m excited.” Francona has been on a bit of a media tour for his new book, and at least one Boston Globe writer wonders if the Indians aren’t less than thrilled- “It has to be uncomfortable for the Indians, who now employ Francona as their manager. And if the Indians hierarchy had no past with Francona, they probably would have taken the book into consideration far more before they hired him. After all, owners believe that once they hire someone, whatever is said behind closed doors should stay there. Obviously, the end of Francona’s tenure in Boston became public and upsetting for him. And while he said in a news conference before Thursday’s Baseball Writers Dinner that the book was not about payback, the payback has come. Indians president Mark Shapiro said he hasn’t been surprised by the excerpts he has read, as Francona filled him in ahead of time. But the sooner the book tour is over, the better it likely will be for everyone concerned.” [Related: The case for a DH. Yes, that designated hitter.]
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