Can you blame him? Terry Francona, the former manager of the Boston Red Sox (remember, the one who led them to two World Series titles this past decade?) who was fired -- yes, fired -- after the team's epic collapse last September, has declined an invitation to attend the 100th anniversary celebration at Fenway Park this month.
"Until I'm more comfortable with some answers on what happened at the end of the year, I don't want to have much to do with the organization and that's a shame," Francona told the Globe. "With all the good things that were accomplished, I just feel pretty strongly about that.
"It was pretty raw at the end of the year. I think I've done a pretty good job of moving on from that. At the same time, I'm never going to forget that. For me to go back and start waving and hugging, I'm just not comfortable doing that." (via WEEI.com)
After the way things ended last year, and with Francona being tossed out the door and personal information about him being leaked, it's certainly understandable that Tito doesn't want in.
Nevertheless, it's a sad situation, considering everything he has done for the team. How can a team celebrate 100 years at the most famous ballpark in history without arguably its greatest manager? Well, they'll just have to cope.
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