Is there anything more certain after the last day of the season, besides the postseason schedule, than the simple fact that Terry Francona is the Manager of the Year?
Terry Francona is the Manager of the Year. We can say this all day without offering a single reason, and it would remain true. Will Beltre, Martinez, Ortiz, Varitek, or Bill Hall be in the lineup next year? Who knows? Will Theo Epstein chase Carl Crawford or Jayson Werth? Who knows?
Terry Francona is the manager of the year. This much is true.
Baseball managers make countless decisions throughout a game. But has there ever been a manager who had to make as many line-up changes, day-in, day-out for an entire season? We would have expected him to finally just lose it like Wally Backman managing his minor league team, seen in a great video making its rounds on the internet. But, in addition to throwing bats and balls onto the field, I can imagine Tito throwing everything else in the dugout onto the field in protest, including his own body in sacrifice. On the other hand, I can’t imagine that. Tito’s cool and Tito’s intelligence in the face of Red Sox Nation pressures is unsurpassed.
Tyler Kepner of the New York Times offers this:
“Descimated by injuries, and with virtually no reinforcements through trades, the Red Sox will finish with nearly the same record as Ron Washington’s Rangers, who won the West. Francona gets extra credit for surviving until the final week in baseball’s most rugged division.”
Kepner also mentions the lifetime achievement points he has earned. Sometimes an award that is given yearly is influenced by long-term accomplishments. Sort of like Clint Eastwood winning an Oscar later in his career. Even in the publishing industry, there are occasions when the National Book Award is given to a poet whose career is unmatched, even if the book isn’t his or her best.
Terry Francona is the manager of the year.
89 victories for 2010
654 victories in all his years with the Sox. Oh, did I forget to mention two World Series titles?
There were no signs of champagne in the Red Sox clubhouse, after the victory yesterday, but Terry, here’s one for you.