While most people in Boston are angered by Terry Francona's departure from the Red Sox, Michael Felger believes the Sox -- by not bring Tito back -- did the right thing.
"The more I think about it, the more I believe it's the right move," the 'Mohegan Sun Sports Tonight and 'Sports Sunday' host said on Sunday's broadcast.
"Three years in this market, with this payroll, without a playoff win is too long. He's finished third for two straight years. They just had one of the worst months a good team has ever had in the history of the sport.
"The drinking in the clubhouse thing . . . Gordon Edes reported on ESPN Boston.com that it wasn't just this year. That's been going for two years, and Terry Francona had to have known about it. And he just let it go on, or was unable to put it out, for two years?
"If that's not a reason to fire somebody, then no reasons exist. And it stuns me that so many fans are like, 'This is terrible!' And it shows you how smart Tito is to cozy up to people in the media, because 90 percent of the media say this is the wrong move.
"What? I mean, to me, how much more do you need to do to lose your job?"
One White House tradition will have to wait, if it’s in fact maintained.
President Donald Trump is not going to throw out a ceremonial first pitch for the Washington Nationals this season, according to the Washington Post.
Post reporter Barry Svrugula wrote on Twitter on Tuesday that the White House declined an invitation from the Nats.
POLITICO reported early Tuesday morning that Trump was in talks to throw out the first pitch and that it was also possible he could spend an inning in the MASN booth.
President William Howard Taft began the custom of U.S. presidents throwing out a first pitch on April 14, 1910, at National Stadium in D.C.
According to The Week:
“Since Taft, every president not named Jimmy Carter has thrown out at least one Opening Day first pitch. The executive guests of honor followed in Taft's hefty footsteps, throwing the first ball from the stands, until the late 1980s when Ronald Reagan sauntered onto the mound and improved upon the tradition."
The most famous presidential pitch in recent memory is George W. Bush’s toss during the 2001 World Series at Yankee Stadium.
The Nats open their season on Monday at home in Washington D.C., in a 1:05 p.m. game against the Miami Marlins. A Nationals Magic 8 Ball is to be given away to the first 20,000 fans.
The Red Sox happen to play the Nats in a pair of exhibitions right before the season, on Friday and Saturday. Friday’s game is at the Nats’ home park in D.C. Saturday’s game is to be played in Annapolis, Md., at the U.S. Naval Academy.
Evan Drellich talks with Toucher and Rich about who the starting catcher will be and should be for the Red Sox. Christian Vazquez appears to be all the way back from Tommy John surgery. Can he hit?