Use Maddon's playbook
Most managers end up eventually being fired – unless they die first. Very few leave on their own terms if they are under the age of 70. There’s never a happy ending when it comes to managing the Red Sox.
While Terry Francona’s reign had run its course, there was no justification for the way he was shanked on the way out the door by management. The most successful managers in baseball – at least the ones I’ve always admired before Joe Maddon – were outspoken, cantankerous, often profane and focused squarely on winning today and not in 2019.
They were also combative with upper management because they knew that they’d be the first ones thrown under the bus when things fall apart. Maddon’s style is a perfect fit for today’s modern game, younger players and less-passionate/crazed fans, especially in a place where the size of the fan base is measured in cowbells.
The 2013 Red Sox aren’t good enough right now for a manager of Maddon’s caliber, nor would he be a good fit in this city. Being stuck with yours truly might be fitting punishment for both.
But Maddon’s unorthodox style is worthy of emulation in parts. His philosophy on losing is to let it hurt for 30 minutes and then move on. That’s in contrast to folks in Boston who are still pissed about that pitch Mike Torrez threw to Bucky Dent 35 years ago and the fact that Torrez didn’t throw a single pitch to stay loose while Dent was hobbling after a foul ball hit his foot.