Red Sox chairman Tom Werner took the high road when asked about the criticism of team ownership in Terry Francona’s new book.
“We had unbelievable success together for many years, and now our focus is on 2013,” he told the Globe.
John Henry has yet to respond to requests for comment. The Red Sox also have been silent.
Francona and Dan Shaughnessy emphasize that the controversial excerpts should not be taken at face value. The book, they said Tuesday, details what happened during Francona’s eight seasons in Boston — the positive and negative.
“I’m not concerned with any fallout,” said Francona. “If you read the book cover to cover, you’ll know why. There were plenty of good things that happened in Boston that we wrote about. There’s context. What’s in Sports Illustrated isn’t the whole story.”
Still, it is interesting to know some of what was going on behind the scenes while at the same time understanding that the Sox did win two titles under these owners. The recent seasons can’t erase that.
Peter Gammons mentioned something interesting on Twitter, writing that things haven’t been the same since Adrian Beltre left.
That’s a good point. What if the Red Sox had signed Beltre after the 2010 season, shifted Kevin Youkilis to first base, and not chased Adrian Gonzalez?
Beltre may not be the “sexy” player Henry and Werner wanted. But he is an undeniably productive player who plays hard, plays hurt, and puts the team first. His presence could have headed off some of the chemistry issues that contributed to the downfall of the Sox.
The Globe will run excerpts from the book for three consecutive days starting Jan. 27. On Sunday, Shaughnessy will write about the making of the book and his relationship with Francona in the Globe magazine.