Terry Francona Through The YearsTerry Francona Through The Years(Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)After eight years together, it appears the Red Sox and manager Terry Francona are parting ways. After a 744-552 record and two World Series titles, it was a great run for Francona and the Sox.
Terry Francona Through The YearsTito IntroducedOn December 4, 2003, the Boston Red Sox introduced Terry Francona as the 44th manager in team history. (Photo by Jessica Rinaldi/Getty Images)
Terry Francona Through The YearsFirst Season(Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images)The Red Sox posted a 98-64 record in Francona’s first season on the bench, good enough for the AL Wild Card.
Terry Francona Through The YearsWhat A Comeback!(Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)Facing a 3-0 series deficit, the Red Sox mounted a comeback for the ages against the New York Yankees, winning four straight to advance to the World Series.
Terry Francona Through The YearsWorld Champs(Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images) In his first season as manager, Francona and the Red Sox won the World Series, sweeping the St. Louis Cardinals.
Terry Francona Through The Years2005(Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)After the first world championship in 86 years, the Red Sox posted a 95-67 record in 2005. But in the playoffs they were swept in the ALDS by the eventual world champion Chicago White Sox.
Terry Francona Through The YearsNo Playoffs In 2006(Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)In a year filled with injuries and Manny Ramirez drama, the Red Sox went 86-77 and missed the playoffs for the first time under Francona.
Terry Francona Through The YearsGetting His Point Across(Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)While mostly seen as a mild-mannered manager, Francona was not afraid to get his point across with umpires. Tito was ejected 25 times while with Boston.
Terry Francona Through The YearsDivision Champs In 2007(Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)In 2007, the Red Sox returned to the postseason after posting a 96-66 record and winning the American League East.
Terry Francona Through The YearsAnother Title In 07(Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)Francona won his second World Series championship in Boston after the Red Sox swept the Angels, beat the Indians in seven games in the ALCS, and swept the Rockies in the fall classic.
Terry Francona Through The YearsSox Fall Short In 2008(Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)The 2008 Boston Red Sox finished 95-67 and went to the postseason as the AL Wild Card team. After defeating the Angels in four games, Boston lost to the AL East Champion Tampa Bay Rays in seven games.
Terry Francona Through The YearsSwept In 2009(Photo by Lisa Blumenfeld/Getty Images)The Red Sox went 95-67 for the second straight season, but were swept out of the playoffs in the ALDS by the Angels.
Terry Francona Through The YearsInjury-Plagued 2010(Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)In a season filled with injuries to star players, the Red Sox still managed to go 89-73 but missed the playoffs. The Sox stayed in contention until late September, and many call the season Francona’s best as a manager.
Terry Francona Through The YearsNightmare Season(Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)With an All-Star roster, the Red Sox started the season off just 2-10. But they turned things around and became the best team in baseball for the middle months of the season, until September rolled around. A 7-19 final month led to the biggest collapse in MLB history, as the Red Sox blew a 9-game lead over the Rays for the Wild Card.