With these manager openings popping up in the National League (in the last week Theo Epstein fired Mike Quade and Tony LaRussa retired), it shouldn’t surprise me that Terry Francona’s name is being bandied about…and it doesn’t surprise me, but it makes me a bit melancholy for the time before September 2011.
I want Tito to continue to be successful in baseball if that’s what he’s looking to do…but I don’t know that I’m ready for him to be someone else’s manager. Â He’s still ours, in my mind. Â And more than anything, I certainly don’t want to see him going to Chicago. Â I know we’re supposed to be moving on but watching both Theo in Tito working together with another team would be something really tough for me to get past.
Still trying to decide if I’m high on either Pete Mackanin or Dale Sveum as Red Sox manager. Â I’ll admit to being a bit more intrigued with the idea of either Sandy Alomar, Jr., or Mike Maddux, though. Â If we had Alomar in Boston just think of all the amusement WEEI could get out of pretending he was his brother and making spitting jokes. Â Ah, the hilarity that would ensue!
Really, though, I like Sandy and would like to hear more from and about him. Â Mike Maddux’s moustache would distract me terribly. Â Sometimes, I’m just that shallow.
For all the activity around the Red Sox this off-season, it still seems too quiet. Â Nothing major happening (unless you count David Ortiz sharing the news that the Red Sox didn’t make him a contract offer prior to yesterday’s deadline. Â He’s now, officially, on the free agent market, along with Jonathan Papelbon and the rest of the guys ~ oh yeah, and the Red Sox fired strength and conditioning coach Dave Page and assistant athletic trainer Greg Barajas…that should make some of the bloodthirsty throng happy); it feels like the, relative, calm before the massive storm.
Maybe I’m projecting from a place totally unrelated to baseball, but I can’t shake the feeling that as big as losing Theo and Tito were to this team, there’s another blockbuster of some sort around the corner. Â I so look forward to Truck Day, when all of this is behind us.