FORT MYERS, Fla. — Terry Francona’s departure from the Boston Red Sox was less than ceremonious, and the fallout that later took place in a Boston Globe article was downright ugly.
The former Sox manager and current ESPN analyst was at JetBlue Park to call Thursday night’s Red Sox game for ESPN, and he told the media that he’ll always feel hurt by the way his time in Boston ended.
Listen to Francona describe his Red Sox departure:
“I thought I tried to take responsibility in that last press conference,” Francona said of his announcement back in October. “After that, when I left, I thought I would just leave. What happened after that hurt me a lot, and it probably always will. But the best thing to do is to move on. Carrying grudges and stuff is not real healthy.
“I’d spent eight years there and we did a lot of good stuff. So that hurt me a little bit.”
After it was revealed that John Henry hadn’t returned Francona’s phone calls in the months that followed the season, the two did eventually talk, though Francona said it didn’t change much.
“I don’t know. It was probably five months too late,” Francona said. “We talked. It doesn’t matter anymore. That’s what I kind of told him. I said we should have had this conversation a long time ago. Because anything you say now doesn’t matter. But he was good. He was good.”