The Boston Red Sox were supposed to do more than contend in 2011 – one Northeast beat writer humbly dubbed them the best team ever.
Fast forward to the final game of the season, and Boston lost to Baltimore, missing the post-season entirely. I tweeted from Safeco Field that night: “‘Tonight might have cost Terry Francona is job.” Now, it appears the Red Sox are about to cut their manager loose.
It’s the baseball way.
Managers I have respected, from Sparky Anderson to Lou Piniella to Jack McKeon, have all boiled down the art of their job with this: It’s …