8. "Francona: The Red Sox Years" hits the bookstores
Revenge is a dish best served cold. And nothing was colder than the excerpts that came to light when former Red Sox manager Terry Francona published a tell-all book on his time with the Red Sox that he co-authored with the Globe’s Dan Shaughnessy.
This book covered it all. The good, the bad, and the ugly parts of the Red Sox dynasty, but mostly drew an unflattering portrait of the Red Sox brass that had brought two World Series titles to Boston at the time. Francona was fired after the infamous 2011 September collapse.
“Our owners in Boston, they’ve been owners for 10 years,” Francona is quoted in the book. “They come in with all these ideas about baseball, but I don’t think they love baseball. I think they like baseball. It’s revenue, and I know that’s their right and their interest because they’re owners—and they’re good owners. But they don’t love the game...”
Francona went on to lead the Indians to a postseaon appearance in winning manager of the year honors last season. The Red Sox meanwhile endured an embarrassing season with Bobby Valentine at the helm before roaring to a World Series championship behind. Francona has a frosty relationship with the Sox brass to this day but remains an immensely popular figure in Boston as we approach the 10-year anniversary of the epic 2004 championship.