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.”

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Comments (12)
  1. karen of rsn in ny says:

    terry, this is 1 member of red sox nation who wants to say thanks for all you did during your time as the skipper. it was not a good end for someone who showed much decorum and class. best wishes to you and your family. i look forward to your work on espn.

    1. Anne says:

      Tito, I’m another member of Red Sox Nation who loves ‘ya and wants to say thanks! I know many more Rex Sox fans who feel the same way! You “Reversed the Curse” and did a LOT of great things with “Our Red Sox”, including winning ANOTHER World Series. I was upset at the way you had to leave Boston. Many of us wished the Red Sox kept you. At the very least, there should have been a day to honor you. You “Reversed the Curse!!” I still hope we someday DO have a “Tito Day” at Fenway, and that you come back for it and hear all the CHEERS you so deserve! You always showed a lot of class, you were a GREAT Red Sox Mgr.!!
      I wish both you and your family well and I’ll hear you on ESPN. Hope you do get back into Managing, maybe the next year or so? You’re great at it!!

  2. CG says:

    Terry look what you did you won two world series what ells could you ask for, thought you were a great part of the team for the years you were hear, dont let other peoples words get to you its not worth it in the end. ENJOY the rest of time your a good man!

  3. Andre says:

    There will be very few fans who remain seated the first time Francona appears at Fenway this season. John Henry is like Mitt Romney: socially awkward, and can’t relate well to the man in the street. The same will never be said of Tito.

  4. Jim Donovan says:

    2 championships….says it all…no one feels our team is better this year..and the new drama queen manager is part of why.
    Thanks Tito.

  5. Jean says:

    He will always be remembered as the Red Sox Manager who finally ‘broke the curse’ and won a world series for Boston – and another one after that! He’s a great guy, class act and should be remembered fondly by Red Sox Nation.

  6. Neil says:

    I think it was Tito’s time to go. The Sox had begun to stagnate and even go slightly backwards as they completely fell apart down the stretch. It was time for a change.

    For anyone like Francona to take it personally is silly. It’s a big dollar business. He was a good manager who did some great things, but the last few seasons he was not getting it done. Time for a change and I am excited that Bobby V is here.

  7. William Smith says:

    Tito is 1000 times better than Valentine !
    Thanks for all you’ve done, Terry !!!

  8. Maura Flynn says:

    Terry, I was very upset with the way you had to leave town. I didn’t seem right to me. Thank you for all you did with the Red Sox. Two World Series trophies- you will be remembered as one of the best ever managers in Boston.

    1. Neil says:

      You seem to let your emotions get the better of you. He didn’t have to “leave town” but I think if you give him credit for 2004 and 2007, then he deserves the blame for 2008, 2009, 2010, and especially 2011.

      You can’t have it both ways.

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