Terry Francona Out As Red Sox Manager

BOSTON (CBS) – Terry Francona will not be back as manager of the Boston Red Sox next season. The news comes two days after the team completed an historic collapse, and missed the playoffs.

Francona met with General Manager Theo Epstein and ownership Friday morning at Fenway Park, but the news wasn’t confirmed until a press release late Friday afternoon.

“It was my decision,” Francona told reporters in a press conference Friday night.

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He says over the season it grew harder to reach his players, and told ownership, “It was time for a new voice.”

Francona says he would like to stay in baseball, but wouldn’t comment on his future plans.

The Red Sox missed the playoffs despite holding a 9 game lead on September 4. The team finished with 7-20 record in September.

In eight seasons managing the Red Sox, Francona led the team to a 744-552 regular season record and won two World Series (2004, 2007). The Red Sox made the playoffs five times under Tito, posting a 28-17 postseason record.

Boston won 90+ games six times under Francona.

Francona released the following statement about his departure:

“We met this morning to look back on the 2011 season and to consider the future of the Boston Red Sox, including my involvement with the club.  I passed along my frustrations at my inability to effectively reach the players.  After many conversations and much consideration, I ultimately felt that, out of respect to this team, it was time for me to move on.  I’ve always maintained that it is not only the right, but the obligation, of ownership to have the right person doing this job.  I told them that out of my enormous respect for this organization and the people in it, they may need to find a different voice to lead the team.

In my eight seasons as manager of the Boston Red Sox, I have developed a tremendous appreciation for Red Sox Nation.  This is a special place with some of the most knowledgeable and passionate fans in all of baseball.  They packed Fenway Park for every game and because of them, I had a special sense of pride coming to work every day.  I want to thank John, Tom, Larry and Theo for giving me the opportunity to manage this team through some of the most successful years in this franchise’s history.  I wish the entire organization and all of Red Sox Nation nothing but the very best.”

Red Sox ownership released the following statement Friday:

“We met with Terry Francona, Theo Epstein and Ben Cherington Friday morning to discuss the 2011 season, ways to improve the club in the future, and Tito’s status.  During the meeting, Tito, Theo and Ben agreed that the Red Sox would benefit from an improved clubhouse culture and higher standards in several areas.  Tito said that after eight years here he was frustrated by his difficulty making an impact with the players, that a different voice was needed, and that it was time for him to move on.  After taking time to reflect on Tito’s sentiments, we agreed that it was best for the Red Sox not to exercise the option years on his contract.

We have enormous respect, admiration and appreciation for Tito and the job that he did for eight years, including two World Series Championship seasons and five playoff appearances.  His poise during the 2004 post-season was a key factor in the greatest comeback in baseball history, and his place in Red Sox history will never be forgotten.  We wish him only the best going forward.”

Statement from Theo Epstein:

“Tito and I didn’t know each other when he was hired eight years ago, but over time we developed not only a great working relationship but also a personal friendship that will always be important to both of us.  He proved to be an unflappable leader for our major league club, displaying consistency, calmness, hard work, thoughtfulness, a sense of humor, and faith in the players even at the most difficult of times.  Without Tito’s commitment over eight years, we would not be the organization we are today.  Nobody at the Red Sox blames Tito for what happened at the end of this season; we own that as an organization.  This year was certainly a difficult and draining one for him and for us.  Ultimately, he decided that there were certain things that needed to be done that he couldn’t do after eight years here, and that this team would benefit from hearing a new voice.  While this may be true, his next team will benefit more than it knows from hearing Tito’s voice.  I will miss seeing Tito every day in the manager’s office, and I wish him and his family nothing but the best in their next chapter.”

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  1. FireGuyFrank says:

    Tito has done a pretty good job in a difficult market. However, it seems in sports that players need a new face, new voice, new motivator from time to time.

    Thanks, Tito. Good luck to you.

    1. Mama Brat says:

      Tito: I have so much respect for you. By not hiding behind a gorilla suit and trying to escape the media like someone else did! Best of luck, you will surely be missed here in Boston

      1. Barry's CT. SSN 048-68-4425 FAILS E-VERIFY; Media Silent says:

      2. Change, We Can Bereave In says:

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    2. gramps says:

      Both Tito & Theo will land on their feet in Chicago…..

      Theo with the Cubs & Tito with the White Sox….

      They’ll be in different leagues & probably meet for a steak every so often on the sly. Talk shop & swap scouting reports on the needs of the other….

      A marriage made in Base Ball Heaven!

      gramps

      1. macmum says:

        So far it looks like Theo is unscathed….sadly. He’s made So many mistakes with those that he has hired…..let’s talk about what a waste of money Dice K was and is. Want to complain about ticket prices???consider how much his contract is costing all of Red Sox Nation…thanks Theo! As for Tito, we were fortunate to have him…and the next team will be as well…Terry! you will be missed!!

      2. supersniffy says:

        that’s right!! We’ll take anyone’s leftovers….why do you think we got Barry!

      3. The Truth says:

        On a side note, it’s being reported that a man wearing a monkey suit was seen fleeing the dock by John Henry’s yacht….

    3. Joel says:

      Exactly. Tito is very good at what he does, but every so often, a team needs new ideas, new blood. Managers can certainly work to reinvent themselves over time, keep up with trends, etc., but after eight years in one place, can hardly fill the need for a new face & new blood. All the best, Tito, and thanks for the memories!

  2. Good Job Guys says:

    Good plan. Pin the losses on the guy that’s not swinging a bat. Send a message to the players that “It’s ok, it’s not your fault that you struck out swinging on four pitches or that you got hurt, I’m sure you’re in great condition. We’ll just get rid of that nasty, incompetent manager. You know, the guy that won a couple of Series and spent most of his day covering your ass. We’re sorry?”

    I don’t know anything about baseball but when I’m reincarnated I want to come back as the relief pitcher for any team playing the Sox with a lead. 8 pitches should get me out of any inning.

    I never saw Francona swing at any pitches that bounced on the way to the plate.

    1. FireGuyFrank says:

      Agreed — the players are to blame. That said, if Francona can no longer reach them, then for Terry’s sake, as well as the organization’s, it is time to move on.

      I think Tito’s departure is more HIS idea.

    2. Geoffrey Britain says:

      When a team blows a nine game lead, it’s the players… not management.

      But the buck stops with the team culture that ownership establishes. When ownership backs the player over the manager, even when they know the manager is in the right…it’s the beginning of the end.

      When ownership won’t allow the manager to bench a player out of short-sighted concerns over fan anger and money invested in the player, along with front office unwillingness to look bad at bringing on board players with attitude problems…it becomes a ‘cancer’ that destroys the team.

      Francona’s leaving because he recognizes that the prima dona, babied players are backed by management and they don’t have to listen to him. Once that happens there is no longer a team but just 9 players on the same field. And that’s a guaranteed prescription for losing.

      1. Susan Mclaughlin says:

        Couldn’t agree more…

      2. Allie says:

        Preach it. You’re absolutely right. I don’t see how this team is going to come back from this. I wish we could just cut Lackey – I think he’s the biggest problem in that clubhouse. Gonzalez doesn’t seem that much of a puss, but then again he blames God for them loosing and not the team. So I don’t know. I know Crawford took full responsibility for his poor play, so maybe he’s the only one of the new guys who actually takes accountability. Ortiz has been complaining all year about his contract, so maybe, sadly, it’s time for him to go. I miss the Sox team that used to have each others’ backs, like back in ’04. What happened to THAT club environment? It’s sad. Really is.

  3. Tee Kay says:

    Thank you Terry for many years of exciting baseball. This over-paid under achieving team is not your fault. EVERY free agent should be thrown out the door behind you, and then some, including the GM. You deserve better. However, I don’t blame you for wanting out.

    1. RalphSchmalph says:

      Well said Tee Kay….management has saddled a good manager with a collection of overpaid, entitled, layabouts who don’t play for the uniform.

  4. Glass Half Empty says:

    There is plenty of blame to go around, so I hope Francona isn’t going to be the fall guy. Start with the players. Some pretty incompetent people earning mega-millions for contributing absolutely nothing. Who negotiated those contracts…hmmm. I can’t even afford to go to a game, the ticket prices are so overpriced to support those salaries!! And Crawford should have caught that ball!!!

  5. Vincent Lee says:

    In a recent Sports Illustrated poll MLB players were asked which manager for whom they would like to play. Francona finished second only to Joe Madden of the Rays, and we know what his leadership meant in the team’s September surge to overtake the Sox. And it’s no coincidence that Joe was a finalist back in 2003 when the Sox were interviewing for Grady Little’s replacement before Tito was hired or that both of these men have similar personalities and styles. If Tito wants to take a year or two off from one of the most demanding managing jobs in any sport, I wouldn’t blame him. Maybe the Sox could hire an interim manager – which would be a whole lot cheaper and more productive than signing free agent stiffs like Lackey and Crawford. But if Theo Epstein or anyone else in the Sox hierarchy thinks that there is a better fit than Tito for this team, he’s just plain wrong. (We don’t need some spotlight-grabbing egotistical know-it-all like Bobby Valentine, whose name has come up for God knows what reason.) And if there are any players now on the team who are tuning Tito out or who think a lack of leadership is to blame for their overpaid and underachieving performances, they’re invited to ask be traded or released.

    1. smokehouse56 says:

      Let me remind you that Tito was a complete failure in Philly and the fans celebrated when he was shown the door.

      1. John says:

        A reminder for you dude…Belichick, Cleveland

      2. Flashman1854 says:

        Maybe so, but he was a complete success in Boston.

        Two world championships in 8 years, 6 times in playoffs, very nice win/loss record.

        And this with a team that had not won the World Series in what? 80 years.

        No, the wrong guy was let go.

      3. Jim Panyard says:

        Smokie – Tito was very popular in Philly and did well with a mediocre team. Check it out!

  6. Barleysdad says:

    What’s said above is all too true. Think Theo not Tito for leaving. Almost like Bill Parcells when he commented on “you want a gourmet meal from me, but you don’t let me buy the groceries.” And Tito brought more to this town than The Tuna ever did. Try TWO World Championships. For the money spent we came up way shortm,,that wasn’t Tito’s fault!!!!

    1. RedSoxFaninFL says:

      Tito was 8-0 in World Series games…almost as good as Undertaker’s 19-0 record at Wrestlmania!

  7. Rocky Stallone says:

    What other RED SOX Manger still alive has 2 WORLD SERIES Championships? I wish him nothing but the best!

  8. Paul Martin says:

    now john henry grow a pair an fire theo

    1. Dennis Smith says:

      Exactly I blame this season on Theo more!

  9. Dave Ballum says:

    Big mistake! Wake up Red Sox! Throwing money at a problem doesn’t work, ask the Federal Government. IMO Theo Epstein made this mess. Tito will come back to haunt them. Watch!

    1. smokehouse56 says:

      Just how will he “haunt” them?

      1. Ron Langevin says:

        prob by getting hired by another division team and beating their ass everytime they play, IDIOT YOU!!

  10. Phil Kenney says:

    This is one of the worst decisions that has been made by this organization in a long time. As a long time Sox’s fan this is very disheartening. It will be interesting to see who they feel is qualified to run this club and put them in the right direction. Thanks for all of the great years Tito and good luck in your future endeavors.

  11. hopeimwrong says:

    JOHN HENRY IS OUT OF HIS MIND. FRANCONA IS NOT THE PROBLEM
    HE ONLY HAD ONE PROBLEM AND THAT IS JOHN HENRY WHO DID
    NOT GIVE TITO WHAT HE NEEDED THAT BEING AN EQUIPTMENT
    SHORTAGE THERE WERE NOT ENOUGH RATTLES AND BINKIES
    TO GO AROUND TO THOSE OVER PAID UNDER PERFORMING
    GROUP CALLED BALL PLAYERS.

    1. smokehouse56 says:

      Do you really need attention?

  12. Ann says:

    i dont think they should lose terry yes they had bad year
    but i dont think terry falit .
    i saw all the game on tv they had lots of player did get hurt.
    They need better pitchers but dont blame on terry.
    they just got some bad luck this year and i dont like to say this but its only a game it all ways next year.
    :)

  13. bigswingin says:

    had to happen. ever since the Tito-Hazel-Tek scandal, team has lost respect for their leader. can’t lead and expect respect when you are romping around with a babe like Hazel while one of your players is doing the same

  14. B's Fan says:

    Wow this is ridiculous they should have never let him go it wasnt his fault god while henry is at it why doesnt he fire all the fat and lazy players we have they were way to out of shape and have no one to blame for the lose then themselves. Lester threw 85 pitches and looked like he was going to have a stroke give me a break bad move henry bad move!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  15. Happy in Florida says:

    Rays manager Joe Maddon would have won the division by 10 games if he managed in Boston. Enjoy the off season, Sox fans.

  16. AceMaster says:

    I could be wrong, but from Tito’s comments, even if the team did want him back, I don’t think he wanted to be and probably would have declined his option or just flat out resigned. He had grown tired of his players attitude and lack (Lackey) of respect for himself and the game. I hope he finds himself a team who actually cares about the game

  17. SOX LOVER says:

    JOHN HENRY KNOWS NOTHING ABOUT BASEBALL. HE’S JUST ANOTHER RICH GUY WHO CAN’T STAND NOT TO GET WHAT HE WANTS AND THEN REACTS LIKE A 2-YR OLD. GOOD LUCK TO TERRY. I’LL BE ROOTING FOR WHATEVER TEAM HE MANAGES BECAUSE HE IS TRULY A CLASS ACT, UNLIKE THE RED SOX BRASS.

  18. KB says:

    Hey, just where is Larry when you need him? Oh, sorry I forgot he was out shopping for a new manager – you’re all a bunch of fools. This is looking more and more like a Polo league – just for the rich and famous.

  19. denmom says:

    With so many overpaid primadonnas (each one thinking it’s all about him) how can there be any sense of teamwork? The fools who are handing out the big contracts to underperformers are the problem. Francona has to work with what he’s handed – I wouldn’t blame him if he walks.

  20. Arlene says:

    Tito you will be sorely missed. Under your watchful eye, you made watching the Red Sox play exciting (even on those days we lost). The Boston Red Sox will never be the same without you. I guess this day was to come sooner or later (and we all hoped it would be later). Tito, I wish you all the best in your future endeavors. Bye, bye!!

  21. Lori says:

    Have to look at the players, not Tito. And he as much said it. Compare the dugout of 2004 with 2011. No comparison, evident from the start. A bad mix, many with attitude, Lackey leading the pack. No loyalty, no chemistry, no teamwork, or love of the game, and as Lackey clearly showed in his last outing when he walked off the field, no respect for the manager. With some exceptions, such as Ellsbury, it seemed few cared about winning and teamwork, more about where’s my check and who’s carrying my luggage. Would have kept Tito, and if rules allowed, fired atleast half the team and started over.

  22. gigi says:

    Team sports are exactly that – a team. To blame one person is just plain ignorant. The team had some rough spots and a rough month, just like any other city’s team. One any given day you can name certain players (or management) that didnt do as well as they could; its the nature of being a team, you have to rely on other players.

  23. TeeKay says:

    The team does need a new motivator, and I not talking manager. Varitek is not it and Ortiz is not it. Ortiz is looking like Manny did, jogging down to first base – that guy can’t run. You never saw the ‘captain’ in anyone’s face if they got lazy or laid back. A guy might be good for the clubhouse, good in the community, but if he can’t play baseball professionally – see ya later. This is one reason I disagree with the DH. Can’t play defense, only hit. To be in the majors leagues you should be able to do both. How can Ortiz motivate any player to ‘dig down and give it 110%’ when he just goes from bench to plate to bench to plate etc, etc. etc. How can a young player be motivated when they see their closer making $12million for about 70 innings of playing all year? Back up the U-haul, the team needs an overhaul.

  24. Anoldjock says:

    Too bad our vote doesn’t count, all we do is BUY the tickets, fill the pockets of the unworthy, and BLAME one, the one not even playing. If you ever played any sport at any level, especially a team sport,..you know what I’m talking about.

  25. Hank Warren says:

    Baseball collapses, basketball strike, Lindsay Lohan, Jersey Shore, all distractions. As the Mainstream Media creates illusions, the US gov’t (and their corp. friends),start more illegal wars, ban books like “America Deceived II” and bail out banks.
    Last link (before Google Books bans it also]:
    http://www.iuniverse.com/Bookstore/BookDetail.aspx?BookId=SKU-000190526

  26. Bev Frain says:

    Terry you will always be part pf Redsox Nation

  27. Mike says:

    Terry will land on his feet…Class guy 100%..Redsox loss

  28. Trevor says:

    I think this is a good move because Tito lost complete control of the clubhouse but Theo needs to go as well. He has made some HORRIBLE deals since being here.

  29. Jeffrey Shultz says:

    As if that monumental collapse is somehow his fault. Coincidentally, I moved down here to just outside Tampa just in time it would seem. ;-)

  30. Cliff says:

    I hear Grady Little is available…

  31. Steve says:

    They stick bad guys like Lackey in there, bad signings like Scutaro, Drew, Crawford, Cameron, Lugo and all the rest and then dump Tito? Gimme a break! This is Epstein’s mess and everyone knows it. If Francona sat in the owners’ laps during games it’d be the other way around. But there isn’t time to second guess when you’re trying to manage a bunch of overpaid jerks.

  32. CTdave says:

    Hey Theo,

    You knew Dice K was out for the season by early June and you picked up no pitching. Lackey blows and only won games on sox bats heating up. Crawford can’t catch a ball and Drew’s back is always hurt. Love Papi (decent year0, but its time to go.
    Theo, YOU should out the door for your decision making before the trade deadline.

  33. CTdave says:

    Theo you made Cashman and the Yanks look like geniuses this season. Great job Bozo. What’s your heat index??

  34. Matt Souza says:

    the over all team is to blame

  35. Andy says:

    Yankees Rule! Go Evil Empire!

  36. Michelle in Whitman says:

    Buckner, eh hem, Crawford lost that game in the end. Albeit they were playing badly in September, one person should not take the hit for the SEASON and Terry should not be the one to blame. I don’t know what was going in that clubhouse that such a premier ball team slid so quickly, but I hope it was Terry’s choice to leave and not the management/owners giving him the boot. Mr. Francona, THANK YOU, for the best years most folks’ waited a LIFETIME to see. THANK YOU for bringing home two World Series’ to Boston. I wish you the VERY BEST!

  37. gmaven says:

    Too bad. One of the class acts in baseball. As a Yankee fan I really respected Francona. As they say when you fire a guy like this, what better manager are you going to bring in to replace him? Sox will regret this move.

  38. sheat says:

    Great move Red Sox, now our grandchildren will talk about the Curse of Tito, and how this move is why we can’t win a series! Wish him well, he earned our respect and fan loyalty, unlike so many others lately.

    1. Tennessee3501 says:

      Cheer up! If the curse of Tito is as bad as the curse of the Bambino, the Red Sox are scheduled to win the World Series again in 2091! Your great, great, great great grandchildren will be thrilled!

  39. George says:

    Ya can’t blame the manager for this dive. Even the lowly Orioles played better in September. I to, am a Yankee fan and did enjoy watching the swan dive in September. It would be nice to see Francona join the Yankees as the bench coach for Joe Girardi. Would he also be boo’d by thankless red sox fans when he returned???

  40. Jim Galt says:

    I’m a Yankee fan who used to enjoy chanting 1918 before Francona became the Red Sox Mgr. Fire the guy who kept cool and motivated your team to come back from 0-3 against the Yankees and win 2 World Championships during his tenure … Brilliant! Have fun sliding back to AL East also-ran status. For the record, Joe Torre was shafted too!

  41. rustyk says:

    John Henry is an amoral fool.

    Thank you, Tito, for all you did for a grateful Red Sox nation.

    1. john henry says:

      yes i am an amoral fool for not seeing what was going on
      yes i should have been more in touch with terry, how ever
      it was his choice to leave not ours. terry will be missed

      1. rustyk says:

        I amend my original post: John Henry is actually a disingenuous, amoral fool.

        .

  42. Ferdie says:

    the only answer, SPEND MORE MONEY!

  43. Flashman1854 says:

    Let’s see, in 8 years he leads the team to 2 World Series wins, 6 times in the playoffs, and a 744-552 win-loss record.

    This is the Red Socks that had not won a world championship, prior to his arrival, in what? 80 years – ever since the Babe was sold to the Yankees in 1919.

    And Socks ownership is expecting what? A better manager than this?

    One can only wonder at the shortsightedness, arrogance, and/or stupidity of
    management.

  44. Tennessee3501 says:

    Although I have been a Yankee Fan for as long as I understood what the game of baseball was and is, I rooted hard for the Red Sox in the World Series against the Cardinals in 2004 and the Rockies in 2007. The Red Sox and Tito did not let me down and beat the National League in both World Series with four game sweeps! Tito deserved better!

  45. Aamina Mian says:

    SHAME ON THE OWNERS AND MANAGEMENT OF RED SOX. Have they taken a look in the mirror lately? We had the best 8 years under Francona as manager. Terry Francona knows he will always be a part of Red Sox Nation. We will miss you.

  46. SickofmediainAmerica says:

    Why does media have an attention grabbing headline, a salacious first paragraph, and no confirmation of the story itself? If you want to be a tabloid, be a tabloid. If you want to report the news, WAIT until the news is news and then report it! Anything else is just rumor mongering…

  47. Richard Balbaton says:

    Just imagine all the money that will be saved on buying “bubble gum”!!!

  48. Tennessee3501 says:

    The only justification for firing Terry would be if physicians and scientists can establish, within a reasonable degree of medical certainty, that the September collapse was caused by the fumes from Terry’s chewing tobacco. It certainly was not caused by his managing!

  49. T. Burns says:

    This is why Boston did not win anything for 86 years. Stupidity. I am a Yankee’s fan and do not like the Red Sox. However Francona is one of the best managers in baseball. He only lead the Red Sox to two world series titles after 86 years of futility. The GM goes out and signs overrated players, especially Carl Crawford and John “lackluster” Lackey, and then you fire Francona . Theo Epistine is the one who should be fired especially after paying Carl Crawford and his 18 stolen bases 142 million dollars. The Red Sox may NEVER win another world series with this kind of management. Then again as a Yankees fan i’m loving it.

    1. Flashman1854 says:

      t. Burns, Flashey is right with you.

      I am not a Red Sox fan either, I’m a Giants fan (God, if only we had some of your Yankee bats!), but first and foremost I am a FAN.

      Francona, by his record, is one of the best managers Boston ever had – and ownership let’s him go? Or, fires him?

      Utterly insane!

  50. karen s says:

    thanks for so many good memories terry. you added a level of class to a profession that will be the poorer for your leaving it. it’s a sad day for parts of the nation. hope your future is happy and rewarding.

  51. KT says:

    Thank you, Terry, for helping Red Sox Nation experience two world championships. I’ll be a fan of whatever team you end up working with- you were the heart and soul of this team for the past 8 years. Best of luck.

  52. Ronald Ballard says:

    I’M SAD TO SEE THAT THE SAME OLD “FIRE THE MANAGER” CULTURE’S STILL IN PLACE IN BOSTON. IT’S HARD TO SEE TERRY LEAVE THE SOX AFTER THE TEAM’S MISERABLE COLLAPSE UNDER LOUSY PITCHING, LOUSY FIELDING AND LOUSY EFFORT THIS LAST PART OF A SEASON WHICH STARTED OFF PRETTY POORLY TO BEGIN WITH. I THINK THE TEAM WAS BURNED OUT AND I THINK THAT BETWEEN LOUSY PITCHING AND TREMENDOUS PRESSURE TO DELIVER ANOTHER PLAYOFF SERIES-IT WAS JUST TOO MUCH FOR A BANGED UP, DISHEARTENED TEAM

  53. dogsweat1 says:

    What a genius move.

    The Manager of the 2004-2007 World Series Champs.

    The Manager of the greatest playoff team comeback- 3 games to 0 and losing in game 4 of the 9th.

    Do you remember whom the Bosox beat in that series? (Yanks)

    I hear Dave Trembley is available.

  54. Ann says:

    Terry Franconia your still be with us i dont care if your not going to be hear anymore but you will be missed.
    next year when they start the ball game we will still be thinking of you.
    have good year what ever your going to do,

  55. Conor says:

    How ungrateful can you get?

    I have been a general fan of the Red Sox but firing a good guy who pulled the stinking franchise out of the mud really makes me sick.

    How would all the complainers in Red Sox Nation like to be treated like that by their boss? After doing so much for that team, that city.

    Your memories are too short.

  56. David Rodden says:

    How can you let a guy with Francona’s track record go…Almost 200 games over .500, 2 world championships…That is just for starters…Take a good look at our President, Barak Obama’s,, record…He’s still got a job…

  57. john hand says:

    i,m a lifetime yankee fan who has always respected tito for his tenacity and driving desire to win,i,ll tell you who blew it,self loving players like papelbon,beckett,and crawford. PAPELBON BLEW THE GAME NOT TITO!!!

  58. Anthony Summers says:

    From the ‘greatest team evah’ to the ‘greatest collapse evah’….love it!

    Sincerely, The Yankee Nation

  59. Daniel Staggers says:

    being a devout Yankees fan, I have only one thing to say; the Red Sox really are insane. They don’t deserve the players they have, and should have NEVER won a World Series, they have absolutely NO class. Tito will bounce back, the Sox? Not so much. Who’d want to work for them now? And the Yankees side of me is cheering! Way to go Red Sox, shoot yourself in the foot again! When your team reveals how shallow it is, meaning the loss of Yuke, was enough to end your wins, getting rid of one of best managers in the game is a giant step backwards. Way to go, thanks!

  60. bbruin says:

    Thanks Terry from all that saw a WSC before death. Many double skunks in the future

  61. pontes says:

    I think this is one of the worst decisions that has been made by this organization in a long time, we will see how to move on.

  62. Tiger Fan says:

    Francona is one of the very best managers in baseball, and the owners/management of the Red Sox must have been drunk to let him get away. His record with the perennial loser Red Sox was nothing short of amazing. Two world championships? Now one bad month, and Francona will probably manage the White Sox next year. Such impatience. When the Tigers collapsed in 2006 and didn’t win the division title, and when they collapsed again in 2009 ( up four games with four games to go ) and didn’t make the playoffs, even the feeble-minded Tigers’ management did not fire Leyland. Now it has paid off. The Yankees suck!!! Go Tigers!!!

    1. BaseballFan says:

      Your last line is reversed.

      1. Tiger Fan says:

        You’re right. It should read: Go Tigers!!! The Yankees suck!!!

  63. john says:

    I agree with many replies. John Hnery is a spoiled rotten rich guy. He’s even took BREAKING NEWS away from MASS Soldier dying and SYCHO from Ashland..What a waste of tv air time. He had an “incident” on his yacht…Maybe slipped on Tito’s old contracts.. Tito and his team of players brought TWO world champions to the city of Boston and we will never forget that…Good luck Tito whatever you do, wherever you go….You will ALWAYS be a fan of RED SOX NATION

  64. BaseballFan says:

    They fired the best winner and best person on the team and kept all the ones who choked.

  65. Jack Blood says:

    Well we got our world series finally – guess my grandkids can watch the next one. BAD MOVE! We love ya Tito! FIRE JOHN HENRY

  66. Jim says:

    The arrogance of the Red Sox and the Red Sox fans has been partially vindicated by the epic collapse of the team this season. Karma is a real pain in the rear end, folks. I can only hope for many more disastrous seasons for the team and their supporters, perhaps then a little class and humility will be injected into an otherwise vapid wasteland of hubris.

  67. mrunpc says:

    Pitching, pitching, pitching. Just like the days of old revisited, September for the Sox brought me back to ALL of the frustrating days, weeks, months, and years of good hitting teams and LOUSY pitching staffs!!!

    WHAT the H is up with keeping Wakefield? Do they feel sorry for him or something? And Lackey…perfect name for him.

    1. Suze says:

      You are 100% right. While we’re at it lets get rid of Pap who blames players for his incompetence.

  68. Chris says:

    Joe Torre welcome to Red Sox nation. I love Torre and he or someone like him in the managers role is what’s needed in Boston.

  69. sam says:

    Theo, get out of Red Sox Nation and take your bum players with you. Rock on Terry! You will be missed.

  70. Tos says:

    Tito – you ended 86 years of misery in 04, and then put a cherry on top in 07, this city and ALL Sawx fans everywhere thank you boss. The players had their heads up their @sses, and all that “greatest team ever” hype got to their heads. You’re the best skipper this club’s seen and possibly will ever see. Good luck where ever you go.

  71. Orenthal says:

    He wasn’t so beloved here in Philadelphia, so I’m happy to see he earned the love of the fans in Boston. He’ll land on his feet.

  72. Tee Kay says:

    There’s an old saying that goes “It’s hard to follow a class act”. Terry is a class act and will win another championship with another team. I see 2012 as the year the consecutive sell-out games end. Some fans won’t want to pay the highest ticket prices in baseball anymore to see other teams in the post-season.

  73. SerfCityHereWeCome says:

    Well, as brutal as that was it still didn’t dethrone the 2004 Yanks as the most epic gag-fest in history, or even match the triple-choke of the 2006-08 Mets, really, IMO. While I’m mortally ashamed to admit that I was born in NYC before fleeing to TX, I think I’d consider selling my soul to see the Yanks get kicked to the curb by the Rays after they dragged them into the playoffs just to flip the bird at Red Sox Nation. I just wish they’d saved blowing a 7-run 8th-inning lead for a game 7 instead… A particular year always has at least some redeeming value if the Evil Empire loses their final game in it…better yet their final 162 games.

  74. Don says:

    Annual salary of Lackey, Crawford, and Youkilis = $43 Million

    Annual payroll for the entire TB Rays roster = $41 Million

    For the price of the Sox you could have FOUR entire Rays teams.

    Down here we respect Tito, are jealous that you get to play in baseball’s cathedral, and congratulate you on a fine 5/6th of a season. I hope we can offer you some console by the Rays getting in Yankees face again and knocking their bloated lineup out of the playoffs as well.

    But when looking for a new coach, don’t look south. We love Maddon and the players do as well. He’s pure quality.

    I could say that this was payback for your Bruins last year, but I think the Bolts will take care of that business themselves this year.

    Happy in Tampa

  75. Robin says:

    I am saddened by this news and hate to see Francona go….

  76. Orlandoeagle says:

    I am a Yankee fan but I have always respected Francona. I think he is a class guy who did a masterful job over the years. Whatever happened this month was a deeper problem beyond anyone’s ability to fix.

  77. kcsparky says:

    I have said and thought for years that if a manager/head coach’s game plan got their team to the playoffs, that they have done their job very well. After that it’s up to the over paid beef on the field to get the job done. The Red Sox players let Tito down….HARD….and should be ashamed to the man. Management is equally ignorant by accepting his resignation as it WILL bite them in coming seasons. Same thing happened to the Seattle Sonics when they fired George Carl…..Office boys just aren’t that bright and players today are totally spoiled brats. If I had the team, Tito would still have a job (would insist on it) and players would face a 15% season payroll fine for lack of give a SH@#. The whole roster needs to be looked at in terms of a complete overhaul. Players don’t care…..fine…..conference with all other owners and let this bunch find work elsewhere. But with all quitters and egotistical “individuals”, they’ll be luck to be flipping burgers in the real worldl

  78. gameczar says:

    it seem to me when your players will not listen to the manager no more,
    because the player are being undermined by some else, other than terry
    i would have to agree with terry, it time to move on.

    i recall a movie called any given sunday, a football movie. where the coach played by al pacino. his player were being undermind by the owners of the club
    that when al said it time to move on. hey terry smart move

  79. Boston_Jarred06 says:

    If you listen to Terry, Theo, and the rest of management’s explanation of why this happened, it’s pretty clear Tito was asked to leave without actually being asked to leave. They didn’t ask him to comeback, but they did ask him to look in the mirror and make the decision for himself, which seems like a cop out for Sox management. Terry has way to much class to ask for another season after the boys upstairs gave him the implication that he wasn’t needed anymore. These are the same guys that paid $103M in total for some lousy Asian pitcher. Oh well…another 86 years I guess.

  80. john henry says:

    do’nt blame me terry wanted to go . i did not fire him in spite of what you may
    have herd or read . it was terry’s call the orgination will sorely miss him.

  81. jack coyote says:

    The guy brought two WS titles to the BoTox, an orgainzation that has been the definition of futility. Tito should have been made part owner. As a Yankee fan, glad to see Yanks have to face a Francona prepared team in Boston anymore.

  82. tonyoyz says:

    Right on to Tiger Fan. That reversal comment was sweet. As a transplanted fan myself I have only one regret about the Tigers and Rays—only one can go to the big show.
    I have to say that the Sox fans are easily the most annoying at any game I’ve attended at the Trop. The taunting and bragging that always goes on are in direct contrast to how Rays fans now say almost nothing to Sox fan in deference to his humiliation.
    PS: It never would have been pronounced ‘Dice K’ if not for the comedian Andrew ‘Dice’ Clay. It was cute in the beginning but got increasingly stupid sounding as time went on.

  83. redsoxnationNOMORE says:

    *****The redsox blew all the games for one simple reason*****
    they didnt care. They were too busy drinking before the games in the clubhouse and dugout, too busy staying out late partying before next day early games. Team was so disrespectful especially to the fans who paid all this money to see them. Working as a clubhouse support staff it was disgusting to see these over paid adults act like 19 year old college kids

  84. tonyoyz says:

    There you have it! Do the fans get that attitude from the players or is it the other way around?

  85. cinque says:

    First of all, it wasn’t “his decision” to leave the Red Sox since that decision was made 2 weeks ago and not by him. Any manager of any team is supposed to get his team ready for the season. Francona didn’t as witnessed by their horrendous April. Add on the record setting month of September and while it’s easy to blame most of the players, once again, it’s Francona’s job to motivate. I just think it’s fantastic that a team whose payroll equals just 3 of Boston’s overpaid non-performers, is now in the play-offs. But then again, I guess it was “God’s will”. haha

    1. john henry says:

      how do you know what decided were you in our meetings
      with terry, theo ,larry and I ? i’m telling you it was terry
      who decided to leave .we wanted him to stay DON’T
      BLAME THE OWNERSHIP FOR TERRY LEAVING!!!!!!
      BLAME US FOR THE FAILURE ON THE FIELD.

      1. gramps says:

        If that’s your position, then let ‘Theo’ talk to the “Cubs’!

        gramps

  86. Terry F. says:

    Just to let everyone know, the new “Red Sox Suck” t-shirts will be on sale Monday.

  87. thebestsoxblog says:

    Check out my take on the Sox at http://thebestsoxblog.mlblogs.com/

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