Francona a Good Fit for St. Louis

Terry Francona
Terry. For the love. They gave you a jersey for a reason.

I just read that Terry Francona interviewed for Tony La Russa’s old job.   As much as I think Ryne Sandberg deserves a shot at managing in the bigs, I sure would love it if he stayed with Phillies organization, preferably at the helm of our own IronPigs.

Francona is the smart bet here.  He’s a winner (this year’s dismal collapse notwithstanding), and he’s a recent multiple World Series winner.  His penchant for questionable on-field attire aside,  I think he’s the right fit for the Cardinals.  As a veteran manager and recent winner, he’ll bring the kind of stability and gravity the franchise needs after losing their winningest coach of all time.

Fun Fact: Did you know La Russa has a law degree and is a member of the Florida State Bar? True story.

One For The Baseball Purists Among Us

I found this picture via the latest Jerry Reuss post at UniWatch:

What is up with Terry Francona’s mock turtle neck?  This picture was taken last season, I believe.  You know the umpire can’t believe he’s seeing this.  “Calm down, Terry.  And listen, man, I think, well, shit Franc, I think you’re wearing a tunic. Take it easy, little brother.  Did Jayson Werth roll and smoke your jersey during interleague again? No, I don’t know why he’s not staying with the Phils, but Terry, that’s beside the point.  You need to get back in the dugout.  Now.  You’re the manager of a legacy team, dude.  You need to class this up.”

Don’t way it’s a new New England thing.  Terry, you’re  better than that. I don’t care what Scioscia does.  He knows better, too.