Wednesday, July 16, 2008

You Have to Give Credit to Tito

Terry Francona treated the All-Star game at Yankee Stadium with great respect for the fans and the city.

He removed A-Rod in the middle of an inning so he could get fan recognition, and then did the same for Jeter. He brought in Mariano Rivera after Frankie Rodriguez got an out so that he could get the huge ovation, and it would be televised.

He did everything right. I've never really had a problem with Francona - people tend to think all Yankee fans hate anything Red Sox related, but Francona has never been anything but classy.

It's his catcher, closer, injured big mouthed starter, non-injured big mouthed starter, and left fielder with whom everyone has the problem.

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posted by Mr. Faded Glory @ 10:05 AM   3 comments


At 7/16/2008 12:30 PM, Blogger TaggedTruck said...

I have to agree. He was classy and handled everything in appropriate fashion, from using Joe's office, showing respect to Mo and Jeet, and playing the boys correctly. I agree on hating certain players. Papelbon showed his jerkness is grand fashion with his comments on Mo, and himself. But Terry even handled that OK.

At 7/16/2008 5:37 PM, Blogger June said...

agree tote, like a baby stoat

At 8/03/2008 12:55 AM, Blogger susan mullen said...

Agree about Francona, but only people in the stadium could see or hear the ovation for Mariano entering. Fox immediately went to commercial as Rivera appeared in the bullpen door. They did not wait even 2 seconds. That this was a slap in the face is obvious. But it has happened before and will again because no one will stop them. They (and ESPN and soon the MLB Channel) can do whatever they want--they can cause Mariano to cease to exist for all the televised world as they did that night. Later in the game, their camera took a long, lingering walk with Joakim Soria back to the dugout.


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