Terry Francona Says He's "Still Trying To Stop The Bleeding"

Friday March 23rd, 2012

Former Boston Red Sox manager, Terry Francona, told the Boston Herald that he's "still trying to stop the bleeding."

“It was probably five months too late,” Francona said, when asked about a recent conversation with Red Sox owner John Henry. “We talked. It doesn’t matter anymore. That’s what I kind of told him. I said, ‘We should have had this conversation a long time ago because anything you say now doesn’t matter.’ But he was good.”

“It’s a little awkward for me,” Francona said about a return to Fenway Park.  “I’m not quite ready for the hugs yet, I’m still trying to stop the bleeding.”

Francona and the Red Sox parted ways last fall after the embattled manager led his team to a 7-20 record in the month of September. In doing so the team with the third highest payroll in 2011 blew a nine-game wild card lead in the last month of the season. It was later reported by the Boston Globe that the 2011 Red Sox were plagued with clubhouse issues, including reports that three of the team’s starting pitchers would drink beer and eat chicken in the locker room during nights in which they weren’t pitching. As the manager of the Red Sox, Francona helped coach Boston to a 744-552 record in eight seasons. The 52-year-old also helped the team claim the American League Pennant and the World Series in both 2004 and 2007. Overall he has a 1029-915 managerial record, having also served as the skipper of the Phillies from 1997-2000.

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