Thursday, October 20, 2016

And Somewhere Larry Doby Smiles...

It may sound blasphemous for a Yankees fan to say but I have always been a fan of Terry Francona. In my defense, I follow the example of Joe Torre, who was always an enthusiastic Francona supporter when Francona managed the Red Sox and Torre the Yankees.  

For all of their success, the final scenes of Torre's final days as Yankees skipper and of Francona's last days in the Red Sox dugout played out in an unkind fashion for both men.  An argument can be made that each deserved a better fate.  

Joe Torre is long retired from managing in the big leagues and is now, in fact, enshrined in the Hall of Fame.  Francona is still at it.  And still doing one hell of a job.  His Cleveland Indians are the 2016 American League Champions.  For the first time since 1997, the Cleveland Indians are playing in the World Series, which they won most recently in 1948.

I know that a lot of people are rooting for the Cubs, whose date with destiny is not nearly as sure a thing on October 20 as it might have appeared on September 20, and still others are cheering for the Dodgers. Irrespective of whichever of the two represents the National League in the World Series, I am cheering for Francona and his Tribe.  


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