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Recently departed Boston Red Sox manager, Terry Francona, made his debut as an analyst for FOX on Saturday night. And Francona’s stint proves that networks can’t just throw any former player or manager into the booth and expect it to work.Francona partnered with Joe Buck during game one of the American League Championship Series, subbing for Tim McCarver, who was undergoing a medical procedure. He will be back in the booth this afternoon for game two, before McCarver returns for game three.
To put it gently, Francona sounded like it was his first game as an analyst. There were a number of awkward pauses and silent moments. And Francona admitted that he even cut short an interview with Tigers manager Jim Leyland because he “didn’t know what to ask him.”
But the most telling, and honest moment, came when Buck asked Francona how he was adjusting to his new gig.
“What’s hard right now? I wanna chew, and I wanna be able to curse at will. And I can’t do either”
No Tito. No, you can’t.
Francona said after the game, that he has no plans to give up his managerial career, saying “no, I like being on the field.”
Let’s hope so.
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