October 23, 2007

Re-evaluating Tito

With Terry Francona managing the Red Sox to a second World Series appearance in four years, it's time once again to evaluate his less-than-successful tenure as Phillies manager in the late 1990s. The Inquirer's Jim Salisbury takes a stab:

Despite all his successes in Boston, Francona still is viewed by some in Philadelphia - fans, media, even prominent baseball people - as a schnook.

That's a mistake.

"Nobody that matters or knows what they're talking about sees him that way," said Curt Schilling, who has spent eight of the last 11 seasons pitching for Francona, first in Philadelphia, now in Boston.

"Unfortunately, there are some people in Philadelphia that have the ability to shape opinions. There are some people in the media there that are the most ignorant sports people I've ever met.

That impression reminds me of, I don't know, every player or manager who has ever played in Philly, ever.

Speaking of Boston sports, here's an actually good Dan Shaughnessy column. Even though I saw the punchline coming a mile away.

Posted by Stephen Silver at October 23, 2007 04:22 PM

Wow, was that ever telegraphed.

"Old thing, old thing old thing, BLOG, old thing, old thing, old thing."

Posted by: Jeremy at October 24, 2007 12:24 AM

don't forget to see Schilling's own take on this on his blog. he rips the philly sports "media" a new one.

Posted by: LilB at October 24, 2007 10:08 AM
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