By now, everyone’s well aware of what happened in September of 2011. If you’re not, put on ESPN—they love to show it. The Sox had a historic collapse and missed the playoffs on the last game of the season, and two days later their manager, two-time World Series champion Terry Francona found himself out of a job.
Over the course of the offseason, reports came out that Francona had lost the clubhouse, that players were getting drunk, eating chicken, and playing video games in the clubhouse during games. It also came out that Francona had lost the team, and that his focus wasn’t on the team anyways, as pain medications and problems in his marriage were at the front of his mind.
Fast forward to April: The Sox 100th anniversary celebration is 9 days away. The Sox have welcomed back every former player and manager in team history to return for what is likely to be an epic celebration of one of the nation’s beloved ballparks. Francona, according to reports surfacing today, will not be making the trip next Saturday.
Do you think Francona’s making the right decision? Should he stand his ground and not disrespect himself by attending a celebration for an organization that threw rotten tomatoes at him, painting him the biggest scapegoat of the collapse? Or should he make a token appearance, not for the organization who shunned him, but for the fan base who loved him for his 8 years of service? It’s time for you, the readers, to DROP THE HAMMER!