Tito on TV
Those of you who already miss hearing Terry Francona’s voice on a daily basis can get that fix cured for the first two games of the American League Championship Series.
The Boston Globe’s Chad Finn — citing confirmation from FOX — reported that Francona will fill in for veteran analyst Tim McCarver for at least Games 1 and 2 of the ALCS, which will pit the Rangers against either the Tigers or Yankees. McCarver, reported Finn, is dealing with a medical issue but is expected back for Game 3. In the past, FOX has utilized a three-man booth during the ALCS, so perhaps Francona will do the whole series.
Francona obviously didn’t have much problem communicating with the media during his eight years in Boston, not to mention his four years in Philly, so it would seem his transition from manager to analyst would go pretty smooth. He will also be working with a consummate pro in Joe Buck.
I, for one, am looking forward to hearing Tito dissect the ALCS.
As for who will replace Francona as the next manager of the Red Sox, that remains a work in progress. Team Owner John Henry tweeted that the Red Sox will start talking to and/or interviewing candidates soon, perhaps as early as next week.
Meanwhile, there continues to be silence on Yawkey Way regarding the report that the Cubs have requested permission to speak with Sox general manager Theo Epstein, who has one year left on his contract. The report from the Boston Globe is all but certain to be accurate. The true questions are these: Will the Red Sox grant Epstein permission to speak with the Cubs; Does Epstein want to speak with the Cubs?
Several requests for comment from Henry have gone unanswered.