“Somebody went out of their way to make me look pretty bad,’’ Francona told Shaughnessy. “It’s a shame. I’m sure they’ll have a great event … but I just can’t go back there and start hugging people and stuff without feeling a little bit hypocritical.’’It makes me sad, guys. I don't blame him for not wanting to go. Really, I don't. The smear campaign was crazy when Tito was departing. But as the best Red Sox manager possibly ever, for him to not be there? It's not right.
No other living manager has won a ring with the Red Sox. Tito has two. Tito was at the helm for the two most important seasons in recent history. What say you, Sox fans? Is this birthday bash going to be incomplete without Tito? Or will you not even notice his ommission?