Well, the “upset some people” definitely seems to be true

July 12th, 2006 → 6:41 pm @ // No Comments

Michael Holley: “Terry, Seth Mnookin has a new book where he talks about a number of things regarding the Red Sox and one of the things, when you first met Manny Ramirez he refused to shake your hand and cursed you.”

Terry Francona: “Well I haven’t seen the book yet…but I do know a couple of things, where maybe I’m in it or something. Unfortunately I think he took some information maybe he thought he was privvy to and didn’t get it quite right. The thing with Manny, the first time I met him, it wasn’t the cursing or anything like that….from what I undertstand, I don’t think [Mnookin’s] done the best job conveying the hard core truth, and I think he’s probably upset some people.”

— Terry Francona on The Dale and Holley Show, WEEI, July 12, 2006

“His introduction to Terry Francona, his new manager, wasn’t much better. When Francona first saw the star at spring training, the manager stuck out his hand to introduce himself. Ramirez responded by swearing at him as well, and proceeded to skip the start of the first team meeting of the spring.”
Feeding the Monster, page 267

“A few stories Terry Francona never told as he was guiding the Red Sox to their first world championship since the inventions of traffic signals, frozen food, and bubble gum:
* The moment Francona first extended his hand in spring training to Manny Ramirez, the slugger verbally lashed out at the new manager, then briefly boycotted the first team meeting. Ramirez apparently needed to vent about the front office placing him on irrevocable waivers and switching managers over the winter.”
— “Francona Kept Sox’ Snags Sewn Up,” Bob Hohler, Boston Globe, January 2, 2005, page E1.

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4 Comments → “Well, the “upset some people” definitely seems to be true”

  1. Nordberg

    18 years ago

    I heard Tito’s interview on Dale and Holley.
    How do you explain the discrepancy?


  2. loshjott

    18 years ago

    Mnookin says Manny was “swearing” at Francona. Hohler says Manny “verbally lashed out” at Francona. Not necessarily the same thing. If Mnookin used only Hohler’s quote as his source for the “swearing” then Seth could have gotten it wrong.

    I had many sources for this; I just want to point out that not only is this not the first time it’s been discussed, but it’s previously been written about in an article that largely came from Francona and was a celebration of how well he handled the team. But I heard from many sources that “verbally lashed out” was not a shorthand for, “Terry, I’m quite upset with you and the team and would like to express my displeasure.”



  3. Bring Back Pedro

    18 years ago

    Seth didn’t touch upon Theo’s ego nearly enough. Theo’s ego is the stuff of legend. Self proclaimed wonderboy.

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