Sunday, February 24, 2008

The Sox finally signed a three year contract extension with Terry Francona. It took a while, but no one seemed very bothered about it and it did eventually get done.

There is no question that this was the right thing to do. You can't argue with success; two World Series championships in four years. You may be able to question Francona's in-game maneuvers, but there is no question that he knows how to handle his players and the pressure that comes with being the manager of the Red Sox. He essentially has a job that virtually everyone in New England thinks they can do better.

While you may have individual quibbles with Francona in 2007, there is no denying the masterful job he did if you look at it over 162 games plus the post-season. His team won the division and won the playoffs. Sure, the fact that the Red Sox can outspend almost everyone has something to do with it, but plenty of teams spend lots of money and don't have anything like the success the Red Sox have experienced recently.

I'll be glad to see Tito in a Red Sox uniform (or sweatshirt) for the next few seasons.


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