August 2, 2014

Terry Francona interviewed by Bob Costas for MLB Network

New Indians manager Terry Francona was the subject of an hour long interview with Bob Costas for MLB Network’s Studio 42 with Bob Costas. The program will air Wednesday, January 30th at 9:00pm on the MLB Network.

While the majority of the interview deals with Francona’s new book and his time with the Red Sox, there are discussions about his time in Philadelphia and Michael Jordan’s stint in AA baseball. Of course, his current job with the Indians is discussed as well-

“I’m honestly excited to see how good we can be. We’re in a little different place than maybe the ’04 Red Sox were. We’re younger. I’m kind of looking forward to being able to get on the field and maybe making an impact with guys as opposed to maybe putting fires out, maybe being a little bit more of a coach again. I missed that so I’m excited.”

Francona has been on a bit of a media tour for his new book, and at least one Boston Globe writer wonders if the Indians aren’t less than thrilled-

“It has to be uncomfortable for the Indians, who now employ Francona as their manager. And if the Indians hierarchy had no past with Francona, they probably would have taken the book into consideration far more before they hired him.

After all, owners believe that once they hire someone, whatever is said behind closed doors should stay there. Obviously, the end of Francona’s tenure in Boston became public and upsetting for him. And while he said in a news conference before Thursday’s Baseball Writers Dinner that the book was not about payback, the payback has come.

Indians president Mark Shapiro said he hasn’t been surprised by the excerpts he has read, as Francona filled him in ahead of time. But the sooner the book tour is over, the better it likely will be for everyone concerned.”

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  • LaundroMat

    Should we read any tentativeness in all his kindas and maybes?

  • FearTheRoo

    Don’t get me wrong I’m happy we have Francona as a manager but he will forever be linked to the Red Sox. Seems like any interview with him outside of Cleveland media is 90% focused on the Red Sox.

  • mgbode

    if he does win a WS with the Tribe, then how many millions upon millions will the Cubs offer him to break their curse?

  • MrCleaveland

    From the excerpt I read in SI, it appears that the Red Sox front office above the rank of GM Theo Epstein were kind of jerks, more concerned about TV revenue and “sexy” ballplayers than baseball. Of course, that’s only one side of the story, but it seems like the Sox were/are a bit dysfunctional. Hence Bobby Valentine.

    Francona’s move to Cleveland is good for all concerned. I wouldn’t sweat the book tour.

  • http://twitter.com/The_Real_Du Derek DuRoss

    Francona also talked with Bill Simmons on “The B.S. Report” on January 22nd. It was interesting to say the least. Subjects included Manny Ramirez, Tortured Sports Towns, and a little bit of the Cleveland Indians.

    Here is the weblink that has an itunes link to the podcast: http://www.grantland.com/blog/the-triangle/post/_/id/48384/the-b-s-report-terry-francona-and-jacko

  • http://www.facebook.com/cb.everett.9 CB Everett

    I met Epstein once. You know how he kind of looks like a stuck up ahole. Well he’s pretty much how he looked.

  • thepaledragon

    I don’t necessarily care about him airing his dirty laundry about the Red Sox, but I would prefer to see him devoted at this point to preparing for spring training. Pitchers and catchers report in just a few weeks.

  • Simmonsisahack

    Take your spam elsewhere