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Francona all wet with rip of Bobby V.'s beer ban

Posted on: February 27, 2012 4:53 pm
Edited on: February 27, 2012 5:07 pm

Terry Francona derided his Red Sox managerial replacement Bobby Valentine's decision to ban beer in Boston's clubhouse as a "PR move'' while talking on one of his new employer's new shows. That banning beer became obvious and necessary due to Francona running a Romper Room the previous year was never mentioned.

Francona can have an opinion here if he wants, but it needs to be said in context. And here's the proper context: Francona's lax policing of a clubhouse gone wild necessitated this move by Valentine, which he likely would have done anyway.

Valentine banned alcohol in the Mets clubhouse and, as he pointed out, nearly 20 clubs have banned alcohol. Why the other 10 haven't remains a mystery.

Nothing good can come from drinking in a clubhouse, and the Red Sox's in-game beer drinking by three of its key pitchers last year covered that team in shame. Two, Jon Lester and Josh Beckett, owned up to their mistake. How about Francona owning up to the fact he took a paycheck to do practically nothing last year?

Francona was there, but he wasn't there. He needed to speak to several of his players last year, and he blew it off. Instead, he called a team meeting, when at least 20 of the guys in the meeting probably wondered why Francona wasn't calling in Lester, Beckett and John Lackey individually. He mishandled the situation, and he managed to lose a job he appeared to own.

Now he's spouting off for cash. As Valentine -- who in a twist was Francona's TV predecessor -- said in a retort to the Red Sox writers: "Remember, you're getting paid over there for saying stuff. You get paid over here for doing stuff. I've done both.''

Francona will continue to get paid for saying stuff. But it is a more valid opinion when he targets someone other than the one guy in baseball who took his job.


Since: May 23, 2007
Posted on: February 27, 2012 7:48 pm

Francona all wet with rip of Bobby V.'s beer ban

Agreed with Silas and others: this is tired stuff, tiresomely reported.  'Covered that team in shame'.  Really?  By who?  Holier-than-thou sportswriters interested in high drama?

Since: Jun 24, 2008
Posted on: February 27, 2012 7:34 pm

Francona all wet with rip of Bobby V.'s beer ban

Well, here's a first...I completely agree with Jon Heyman.  Because of the context, this was a stupid battle for Francona to pick.  And I'm pretty sure that alcohol will be banned in all 30 clubhouses in the near future.

Since: Jun 18, 2007
Posted on: February 27, 2012 7:25 pm

Francona all wet with rip of Bobby V.'s beer ban

Frankly, it's much adieu about nothing. Seems like the Red Sox have, or are, dealing with the situation. Let's talk about some truly interesting baseball topics for a change and stop re-hashing this garbage.

Since: Jan 18, 2012
Posted on: February 27, 2012 7:10 pm

Francona all wet with rip of Bobby V.'s beer ban

Boston ownership knew what they were getting when they hire
him.  He had been fired b4 because his team’s
lack discipline and the players ran rough shot. 
Ownership thought this guy was a stop gap guy but he did something that
had not been done in Boston.  His teams
won two championships. 

Once he no longer won and the inmates were running the asylum
ownership said it was time for him to go.

Bobby Valentine comes into Boston known for two things Francona
will never be.  He is a terrific judge of
talent and great game manger.

Unlike Francona Valentine will steal at least 5 games by out
managing his opponents.  He will also put
Boston in the position to win and it will be up to the players to perform.

Francona should have some class and keep quite.  His last year with Boston was a disaster.

Since: Jan 19, 2012
Posted on: February 27, 2012 7:09 pm

Francona all wet with rip of Bobby V.'s beer ban

Where did he "rip" anything or anyone?  Another case of the Media trying extremely hard make stuff up I guess

Since: Jan 19, 2009
Posted on: February 27, 2012 6:51 pm

Francona all wet with rip of Bobby V.'s beer ban

What a non-story. Francona didn't rip it, he said it was a PR move and probably one that had to be taken. Why is CBS trying to make an innocent comment into something inflamatory? Oh, you have the likes of Freeman, Prisco, Judge, and Doyel on their staff. They have no insight, so they need to write something that will guarrantee responses! Epic failure!

Since: Aug 25, 2006
Posted on: February 27, 2012 5:13 pm

Francona all wet with rip of Bobby V's beer ban

I swear, its getting tougher and tougher to take you seriously.  Between this post and the load of crap about the Sox payroll/Liverpool situation, I'm beginning to wonder why CBS doesn't clamp down on you.

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