Originally posted on Ted's Army  |  Last updated 10/6/11
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Terry Francona maintains that his departure from the Red Sox was a mutual decision. But he did acknowledge during a radio appearance yesterday that he was never asked to stay on as manager during his meeting with Sox owner John Henry last Friday.

“That didn’t happen,’’ he told WEEI. “Again, there was a reason [for] sitting up in that office having some meetings. I have to own a lot of responsibility for what happened because it was my responsibility to not let happen what happened.’’

Francona said last week that he perceived a lack of support from Henry, chairman Tom Werner, and president Larry Lucchino. He initially backed off that statement yesterday, saying the owners were “second to none’’ in baseball.

But later in the interview, he addressed the issue again.

“Eight years together is a lot, and I have a lot of respect for them and what they do,’’ he said. “There were some things that were voiced in meetings I viewed maybe as not being supportive. Maybe they didn’t. Everybody has their own opinion.

“They gave me an opportunity and I ended up being here for eight years. For that, I’ll always be grateful. Again, maybe it was time to move on.’’

Globe: Francona reflects on departure from Sox 

For those that didn't catch the interview on WEEI, here you go. Glenn Ordway went out of his way to ask all sorts of questions that Tito weren't going to ask, particularly about the clubhouse issues. Francona also tried to squash the issue about the beer drinking in the clubhouse that has been driven to the ground by the media. He simply stated that he treated the players like men, which is nothing wrong with that.

The other topics discussed in the interview were his upcoming debut as a color commentator, if he'd work with Theo Epstein again in the future, and if he'd come back if they picked up his option. It's good to hear from Francona but Ordway was awful with the questions and reminded me he embodies everything I hate about Boston sports media. The highlight of the interview was when Tito mentioned he recieved a call from Manny Ramirez and that he appreciated the call. I would love to know what was said on that call but I bet Manny definitely said somewhere "I told you that Youkilis was a puta! You should've let me kick his ass!"


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