Just when you thought that Bobby Valentine would revamp and enact a new found confidence in the Boston Red Sox, the team sinks even further into the abyss that it was trying to get out of last year when the team choked down the stretch, and ended up not even making the playoffs. This year, the Red Sox are out of contention and the relationship between the Boston front office and Valentine is rocky to say the least. Could it be that the man they let go prior to the 2012 season is actually the man to right the sinking ship in Boston?
When the Boston brought in Terry Francona in 2004, the Red Sox lost in Game 7 to the New York Yankees on an Aaron Boone walk-off home run. Spirits were low, but expectations to bounce back were extremely high. Francona led the team and did just that: bounced back. The team won the World Series that year and then again in 2007. Francona was a miracle worker of sorts.
However, at the end of last season his reputation was tarnished with the Boston Globe revealing about what the players did behind closed doors. It didn’t seem like they respected Francona at all, which led to the firing of Francona, a move that seemed inevitable. The organization brought in the fiery Valentine behind new GM Ben Cherington. After the clashes that both parties have had it looks like Valentine will be out of a job at the end of the season.
Francona is the man that could revive the Boston faithful like he did in 2004 when the Red Sox came back down 3-0 to defeat the Yankees in the ALCS. The distractions of Josh Beckett, Carl Crawford and Adrian Gonzalez are gone and it would be the perfect time to start fresh. What do the Red Sox have to lose?
Who is the better option? Toronto Blue Jays manager John Farrell is not walking through that door any time soon. DeMarlo Hale will not turn this club around. Francona is the only Red Sox manager in the past half-century to win a World Series, and has the second most victories as a manager in franchise history in just eight years. Maybe he could even convince David Ortiz to stick around for a few more years.
All we can speculate now is that it will not be Valentine in 2013. Give Tito a second chance.
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