Friday, September 30, 2011

Terry Francona: The Best Red Sox Manager Ever

Terry Francona Bobblehead
 Prior to 2004, I can think of the names of popular or not so popular Red Sox managers; Dick Williams, Don Zimmer, Darrell Johnson, Jimy Williams, John McNamara, Butch Hobson, Joe Morgan, Grady Little, Joe Cronin, etc....I remember when Francona was hired.  It was no surprise that Grady Little was fired after the 2003 ALCS game 7 debacle, but I also was like "Terry Francona"?  "Who the hell is that?"  "He Sucks."

On October 27, in his first season that all changed.  He managed the Red Sox to their first World Series championship in 86 years.  He instantly became a Red Sox legend after the last out.  Then 3 seasons later, history repeated itself and he managed another World Series champion with the same team, only legitimizing his legendary status and making him the most popular and greatest Red Sox manager ever.

2004 World Series Team Signed ball, Terry Francona on the sweet spot.
So what does that mean after he and the Red Sox legally separated today?  It means to find his autographed bat, photo, ball or other item and purchase it.  It means that his memorabilia will forever be marked as historic and valuable in the Boston Market.  His autograph is one that you'll want to pass onto children and grandchildren.  It means you have a piece of Red Sox history.  
Terry Francona 2004 World Series Autographed ball.
Thanks for the past 8 years Terry and we hope to see you in the visitor dugout for your much deserved Fenway Park standing ovation.

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