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Terry Francona on D&C: ‘I haven’t been in touch’ with Red Sox ownership

05.22.13 at 11:33 am ET
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Former Red Sox and current Indians manager Terry Francona joined the Dennis & Callahan show Tuesday to talk about his first-place Indians, Dan Shaughnessy and some of the reaction to his book that was released in January.

One part of his book that caused a stir in Boston was the claim that the Red Sox owners did not care about baseball as much as they cared about making money. Francona said he has not had a chance to talk to the owners since the book release.

‘€œI haven’t talked to them. I was kind of disappointed because I was expecting to talk to them. That was kind of where some of my frustrations came from,” he said. “It just kind of is what it is, using the Bill Belichick term. You deal with it and you move on. I haven’€™t been in touch with them. And I was disappointed; I wouldn’€™t have scripted the ending in Boston the way it happened.’€

Francona went on to say that readers were possibly too focused on the negative things he had to say about the owners and did not pay much attention to the other positive things he had to say about them.

‘€œI tried to be really honest,” he said. “I think people maybe want to take out what they want. I remember having people say things about when I said the owners don’€™t love the game. I made it in reference to me and how much I — this is my whole life. I also pointed out that they’€™re great owners. And at the same time I pointed out in the tough times like with the Jon Lester situation how their good side showed through. I don’€™t think people wanted to take it on the balance, they just wanted to look at some of the things that maybe were a little bit on the negative side and run with that, instead of taking it in its entirety.’€

Francona also weighed in on Shaughnessy’€™s latest story to cause a stir in Boston, which involved him asking David Ortiz if performance-enhancing drugs could have been a part of how he got off to a fast start to the season. While Francona did not have a direct take on the situation, he said he understood where both sides were coming from.

‘€œDan has his job and he does it and he admits to being really good at being kind of that guy,” Francona said. “That is a part of him. I got to know him really well and I enjoyed it and it surprised me. I told him the first time I picked him up and we were driving in New York, and I said, ‘€˜Hey, man, I don’€™t mind picking you up, but I’€™m tinting my windows.’€™ There was a lot of good give and take and it was healthy for me, but that doesn’€™t mean he’s not going to aggravate a player. I get that.’€

Following are more highlights from the conversation. To hear the interview, go to the Dennis & Callahan audio on demand page. For more Red Sox news, visit the team page at weei.com/redsox.

On if the Boston job was harder than the Cleveland job: “The job in Boston is one of the most difficult jobs — and again, like I said, and I was pretty honest, it was one of the most awesome jobs — but it entails a lot. You have a lot of people coming at you from a lot of different directions and then you have the players you want to protect so they can go play the game. And you probably have to do that a little bit more in a place like Boston.”

On his AL Central-leading Indians: “Our starting pitching was having a tough time too often and then all of a sudden when our starting pitching started giving us a chance, our bullpen is pretty good and it’€™s pretty deep. We have some speed, we can hit the ball out of the ballpark, we catch the ball. So when we stay in games  we look pretty crisp — I mean, every team can probably say that. It’€™s not any magic button you’€™re hitting — but we’€™ve got a good group. We are kind of enjoying trying to see how much better we can get doing it together.”

On if he liked the Justin Masterson trade when it was made: “I thought it was a terrific trade and I thought it was a difficult one because [Masterson] was so special. But getting Victor [Martinez] at that point of the year was what we needed to try to get over the hump. So I understood it, I agreed with it. But it is still difficult because you can’€™t be around [Masterson] without really caring about this kid.

Read More: Dan Shaughnessy, David Ortiz, Jon Lester, Terry Francona
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