Francona on WEEI @ 3:00 pm-What questions would you like the hosts to ask?

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    Are you mad?

    ...not insane , but angry at someone, players, GM, owners, fans, media.

    I am curious to know if he is going away with anger and resentment.

    I probably would be angry with someone or everyone.
     
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    Why weren't the starting pitchers in top physical shape? When and why did you lose control of some members of the team? What kind of selfish behavior did you observe? Did you feel you were let down by some of the veterans who didn't speak to the guilty individuals? Could you go into detail about why you felt management didn't completely back you?
    Posted by 2004Idiots
    How about now that you aren't being paid to be diplomatic, how do you really feel about the media in Boston? Are fans more crazy and bitter in Boston or Philly? Did anybody bother to ask you how you'd use Crawford before they signed him?

    My bet is that Francona will continue to be very diplomatic. Ther will be no names. His "brand" is built on having everyone's back and for the most part he will continue to do that. It is who he is. 
     
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    Posted by fivekatz


    The Crawford question!!  However you feel about Carl, he was not a good fit in this line-up from the start and was ultimately set up to fail.  Thus, Tito was set up to fail as well.


     
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    In Response to Francona on WEEI @ 3:00 pm-What questions would you like the hosts to ask? : How about now that you aren't being paid to be diplomatic, how do you really feel about the media in Boston? Are fans more crazy and bitter in Boston or Philly? Did anybody bother to ask you how you'd use Crawford before they signed him? My bet is that Francona will continue to be very diplomatic. Ther will be no names. His "brand" is built on having everyone's back and for the most part he will continue to do that. It is who he is. 
    Posted by fivekatz


    Francona's not gonna burn any bridges...he'll take the high road for now.
     
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    Are you mad? ...not insane , but angry at someone, players, GM, owners, fans, media. I am curious to know if he is going away with anger and resentment. I probably would be angry with someone or everyone.
    Posted by ZILLAGOD
    Zill, I honestly think disappointment is a better word for how he feels, if his comments so far are any indication. he has core values, deep beliefs about how men should worked with and his beliefs to some extent were betrayed.
     
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    In Response to Re: Francona on WEEI @ 3:00 pm-What questions would you like the hosts to ask? : Francona's not gonna burn any bridges...he'll take the high road for now.
    Posted by Beantowne



     It has nothing to do with "The High Road" and all to do with showing a potential future employer he knows how to keep his mouth shut !! Terry's main attribute, it seems like, is knowing how to keep everything internalized. Last thing he wants to do is blow that bridge up. If the Playeres got out of hand he only had himself to blame, unless he was under direct orders from above to let the party go on, which I really doubt !!
     
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    This really is a serious question!

    Will you now be endorsing Pepto Bismol instead of Begelow Tea?

     
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    In Response to Re: Francona on WEEI @ 3:00 pm-What questions would you like the hosts to ask? : The Crawford question!!  However you feel about Carl, he was not a good fit in this line-up from the start and was ultimately set up to fail.  Thus, Tito was set up to fail as well.
    Posted by Thesemenarecowards


    How was Crawford set up to fail?  Clearly LF at Fenway isn't the best use of his speed, but how exactly was he set up to fail?  Did they put him in a position that he'd never played?

    And how was Crawford's failure equate to Tito's failure?  It was widely reported that Crawford showed up every day and worked hard.  He didn't have any run in's with any other players.  Didn't have a bad attitude.  Even took responsibility for his less than stellar year.

    The Sox didn't miss his offense.  They scored enough runs in enough games to make the playoffs. 

    It was clearly the pitching.

    Now, I can see how the failure of Theo to pick up a legitimate starter after Dice-K went down led to the failure of the team.  They started the season thin at starting pitching.  The starters were capable, but they didn't have anyone in AAA that was close to being ready to step in.  Dice-Ks injury put them in danger of being one injury away from being in trouble and nearly everyone in the rotation had a history of spending time on the DL. 

    Add in the terrible season that Lackey had, and they basically had 3 legitimate starters.  When Buch went down, that left it up to Beckett who was more interested in beer drinking with Lackey than staying in shape.

    Crawford?  Had nothing to do with the collapse of the red sox.
     
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    Would you go to the White Sox if called?

     
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    In Response to Re: Francona on WEEI @ 3:00 pm-What questions would you like the hosts to ask? : Zill, I honestly think disappointment is a better word for how he feels, if his comments so far are any indication. he has core values, deep beliefs about how men should worked with and his beliefs to some extent were betrayed.
    Posted by fivekatz



     That may very well be true but I would say this... As manager It's his job to seperate the boys from the Men and enforce some discipline when needed, not to be their best friend !! Who could possibly deny for years that has been his MO, The Players Manager, The Guy everybody wanted to play for ?? You have 25-40 different Personalities on that team and it's hard to imagine all can be treated exactly the same way. That may have worked in the past but it didn't work this season and because he was unable or unwilling to adapt may be the reason why he had little support from the guy writing his check !!
     
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    In Response to Re: Francona on WEEI @ 3:00 pm-What questions would you like the hosts to ask? : How was Crawford set up to fail?  Clearly LF at Fenway isn't the best use of his speed, but how exactly was he set up to fail?  Did they put him in a position that he'd never played? And how was Crawford's failure equate to Tito's failure?  It was widely reported that Crawford showed up every day and worked hard.  He didn't have any run in's with any other players.  Didn't have a bad attitude.  Even took responsibility for his less than stellar year. The Sox didn't miss his offense.  They scored enough runs in enough games to make the playoffs.  It was clearly the pitching. Now, I can see how the failure of Theo to pick up a legitimate starter after Dice-K went down led to the failure of the team.  They started the season thin at starting pitching.  The starters were capable, but they didn't have anyone in AAA that was close to being ready to step in.  Dice-Ks injury put them in danger of being one injury away from being in trouble and nearly everyone in the rotation had a history of spending time on the DL.  Add in the terrible season that Lackey had, and they basically had 3 legitimate starters.  When Buch went down, that left it up to Beckett who was more interested in beer drinking with Lackey than staying in shape. Crawford?  Had nothing to do with the collapse of the red sox.
    Posted by DirtyWaterLover


    He had nowhere to hit in this line-up.  I know some dismiss this, saying it doesn't matter but it does.  He wasn't ever going to hit 1 or 2, 2 where he was most comfortable.  So you put him 5 between youk and papi and his speed is largely negated.  Put him after papi and his speed is largely negated and it doesn't make sense to have Crawford hit in front of Papi anyway.  So then he is stuck batting at the bottom of the order and I can't think of a time when a 140 million dollar player was brought in to be the 7th hitter, but with this roster, Crawford basically was.   

    Many of us said it was a bad fit from the beginning, 2011 didn't disprove that.
     
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    Why did the pitching fail in the final month?

     
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    Are you excited to be calling the game on FOX game 1 and 2 of ALCS?

     
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    In Response to Re: Francona on WEEI @ 3:00 pm-What questions would you like the hosts to ask? : How was Crawford set up to fail?  Clearly LF at Fenway isn't the best use of his speed, but how exactly was he set up to fail?  Did they put him in a position that he'd never played? And how was Crawford's failure equate to Tito's failure?  It was widely reported that Crawford showed up every day and worked hard.  He didn't have any run in's with any other players.  Didn't have a bad attitude.  Even took responsibility for his less than stellar year. The Sox didn't miss his offense.  They scored enough runs in enough games to make the playoffs.  It was clearly the pitching. Now, I can see how the failure of Theo to pick up a legitimate starter after Dice-K went down led to the failure of the team.  They started the season thin at starting pitching.  The starters were capable, but they didn't have anyone in AAA that was close to being ready to step in.  Dice-Ks injury put them in danger of being one injury away from being in trouble and nearly everyone in the rotation had a history of spending time on the DL.  Add in the terrible season that Lackey had, and they basically had 3 legitimate starters.  When Buch went down, that left it up to Beckett who was more interested in beer drinking with Lackey than staying in shape. Crawford?  Had nothing to do with the collapse of the red sox.
    Posted by DirtyWaterLover
    Lot's of fair points BUT it was a bad signing. If you look at the career stats without perjudice because Crawford killed us head to head where did Crawford fit in a tsrating line-up:

    Ellsbury was even before his 2011 breakout a much better leadoff hitter. Higher OBP equal base stealer.

    Pedroia is a better #2 hitter. Sees more pitches, can take a strike or give up a strike to protect the base runner and still get on base after.

    Gonzalez is the best all around hitter, best hitter hits 3.

    Youk is a better all around hitter and avoids stacking 3 -4 LH in a row. he becomes an untraditional but viable 4 and is better offensively than Crawford. 

    Ortiz is the clear choice over Crawford at 5.

    That made Crawford a 6 at best in this line-up. Now why you spend what the RS did for #6 hitter is beyond me...My question was tongue and cheek but I bet Tito was very puzzled just where to put that $142M player.   
     
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    LOL... Listening to the Interview, apparently nothing was a problem !! Everything was fine !!
     
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    In Response to Re: Francona on WEEI @ 3:00 pm-What questions would you like the hosts to ask? : Lot's of fair points BUT it was a bad signing. If you look at the career stats without perjudice because Crawford killed us head to head where did Crawford fit in a tsrating line-up: Ellsbury was even before his 2011 breakout a much better leadoff hitter. Higher OBP equal base stealer. Pedroia is a better #2 hitter. Sees more pitches, can take a strike or give up a strike to protect the base runner and still get on base after. Gonzalez is the best all around hitter, best hitter hits 3. Youk is a better all around hitter and avoids stacking 3 -4 LH in a row. he becomes an untraditional but viable 4 and is better offensively than Crawford.  Ortiz is the clear choice over Crawford at 5. That made Crawford a 6 at best in this line-up. Now why you spend what the RS did for #6 hitter is beyond me...My question was tongue and cheek but I bet Tito was very puzzled just where to put that $142M player.   
    Posted by fivekatz


    Well, given Theo was willing to spend 70 million on a #8 hitter are you that surprised?
     
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    I am wondering why he is even granting this interview? More spin? A bad idea. Honest answers? The bridge will be burned, leading to potential employers going forward to take a hard look. He should just go away for his own good. Who needs to be interviewed and have to answer very hard and pointed questions is John Henry.
     
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    What do you really think of Joe Madden
     
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     How did he lose the clubhouse and what were the on-field consequences of that??
     
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    Do you have "rose colored" contact lenses?
     
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    Would you tweek you management style to encompass more micro management, instead of macro-management?
     
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    Francona was asked about Lackey and admitted there needed to be changes   and theo asked him if he was the one to do it going forward. he said some of what is being reported is inaccurate. most surprising was Francona said he got a nice voice mail message from Manny Ramirez
     
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    I think the whole "lose the clubhouse" thing is wrong. 

    Guys who make $12 million or more a year shouldn't need to be babysat.  They are proven commodoties and know how to be successful.

    Beckett doesn't need a manager looking over his shoulder.  Lackey doesn't need a manager telling him to cut back on the beer.  They should know that they have to stay in shape.

    This isn't a AAA team or even a team made up of young players. 

    Lackey has guaranteed money coming his way.  If he decides not to give it 100% there is nothing anyone can do.

    A manager of a team like the Red Sox is there to provide the tools and environment that will give the players the best chance to be successful.  But ultimately, it's the players that have to make that commitment.

    The team provides state of the art equipment to help these guys stay in shape.  But if a player like Beckett decides not to use the equipment, what can the manager do about it?  He can't release him.  He can't fine him.  He can't send him down to the minors.  About the only thing he can do is make a scene in front of the press and if he does that, how long will he last as a manager?

    These guys should show up in shape and should know how to stay ready for an entire season.
     
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