Last week, I reported that Terry Francona wouldn’t be attending the Boston Red Sox celebration of the 100th anniversary of Fenway Park. Well Francona has apparently changed his mind, and an ESPN report indicates that Francona will in fact attend the celebration on Friday against the Yankees.
In the ESPN report, Francona is quoted as saying that he feels like he owes it to Red Sox fans to show up at the event.
Personally, I’m wondering if Francona’s decision has anything to do with the disastrous week that Bobby Valentine has suffered in New York, first with his criticism of Kevin Youkilis, then with his mishandling of Daniel Bard in the Patriots Day game on Monday, and then last night, when the Red Sox got blown out to kingdom come by the Rangers.
It almost seems to me that by attending, Francona is giving Red Sox ownership a jab by reminding them that the team won two World Championships with him at the helm, while with Valentine, there has been more scrutiny and scandal in two weeks of play than in Francona’s eight years on the job.