Francona: Red Sox fans are special

Francona: Red Sox fans are special
May 22, 2013, 12:00 pm
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One day before the Central Division's first-place Cleveland Indians head to Boston to play the Red Sox, current Indians and former Red Sox manager Terry Franconca spoke on WEEI's "Dennis and Callahan Show" this morning to talk about his time with the Red Sox and how his current job is going with the Indians before the two teams square off in a four-game series starting tomorrow night.

"The job in Boston is one of the most difficult jobs . . . it is one of the most awesome jobs, but it entails a lot," Francona said.

Francona touched upon several topics about his Red Sox tenure, including the end of his managerial career and how the Indians have been off to a hot start, winning 18 of their past 23 games.

He said the job in Boston constitutes more scrutiny from his peers and the media.

"You have a lot of people coming at you from a lot of directions, and then you have the players that you want to protect so they can go play the game, and you probably have to do that more in a place like Boston," he said.

He said he hasn't spoken with Red Sox owner John Henry or Red Sox President and CEO Larry Lucchino since Francona's book "The Red Sox Years" came out.

"I was kind of disappointed because I was expecting to talk to them. That was where some of my frustrations came from," Francona said. "It just kind of is what it is . . . You deal with it and you move on."

After an 86-year World Series drought, Francona led the Red Sox to two championships in four years and one of the most memorable comebacks in sports history, coming back from a 3-0 series deficit in the 2004 ALCS. He said the Red Sox fans are like no other.

"Those people in New England, I've never seen them care so much about their team," he said. "They're pretty special."

Despite having a rough end to his time as Red Sox manager, he said time heals all wounds and he is happy where he is right now.

"I wouldn't have scripted the ending in Boston the way I did. Saying that, as time moves on, the Red Sox are in a really good place right now," Francona said. "I'm thrilled with where I'm at. It allows you to kind of look back and remember some of the good times as opposed to some of the things that hurt."