Francona to 'EEI: 'Feelings hurt a little bit'

Francona to 'EEI: 'Feelings hurt a little bit'
December 1, 2011, 10:39 pm
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Terry Francona says it's "probably not my place to have an opinion" on the Red Sox' hiring of Bobby Valentine since "I left with my feelings hurt a little bit, so I probably have mixed emotions still."

Francona appeared Thursday on WEEI Radio's The Big Show and talked a bit about the end of his tenure in Boston.

"Whatever happened happened," he said. "I could live with myself. I wasn't the perfect manager, but I did things my way. For seven years and six months, it worked."

Francona also said the Boston Globe story that indicated his performance was hampered on 2011 by the use of prescription pain-killers made him feel "terrible".

"The people that know me that well knew that what was said in the paper wasnt true. It was obviously said to hurt me," said Francona.

"If there was one thing I was probably guilty of, it was protecting everyone in that organization. Everybody. I felt that was part of my responsibility, even to the point where in that last press conference, I said I take responsibility for this. I couldn't get to the players. I thought, 'Okay, I'm done here. I'll take responsibility and go away.'

"Little did I know I was going to be going away limping because someone cut my legs out from under me."