PITTSBURGH - Adrian Gonzalez in right? David Ortiz at first?
Terry Francona can't bring himself to pull the trigger on it.
"I don't think I'm going to do it tomorrow. I'm kind of on the fence. Since I am, I'm not sure I know what's right, but I am sure of what's not right. Until I'm positive that this is something to do, I'm going to stay away. That's how I feel. I'll probably stay away tomorrow. Re-evaluate on the way to Philly. I'm hung up and I'm struggling with it and I don't want do something I'm struggling with. If we put Gonzy out there and he got hurt, I'm just not ready to do it. Maybe three, four games into this road trip.....maybe I will. We'll see," Francona said.
Francona, asked if he would base it on how the team is playing said, "I would never do that."
He admitted it's one of the toughest decisions he'd had to make as a manager.
"Yeah, I guess," he said. "I'm concerned that if something happened to somebody, you can't go back. In theory, it sounds great and I'm excited by having David and Gonzy both in the lineup, but if he went out there and did something, I can't call time out and undo it. It's a little bit of an anxiety."
Francona readily acknowledges that Boston's defense would suffer, "we know that. But the idea that David's at-bats are important and if we had the lead we'd move them around. You don't know if David will hit a home run or will Gonzy not get to a ball? You don't know."
Francona said that the organization is also torn about which way to go and they've left it to Francona to make the final call.
"Yes (every one is torn)," Francona said. "Everybody would love to see the at-bats in the lineup. We're all together on that, but there are some ramifications and we're all in it together. I told Theo, until I'm sure, I'm not doing it and I think he's completely on board with that."