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SBD/March 23, 2012/Media
Terry Francona Returns To Red Sox -- As A Baseball Analyst For ESPN
Published March 23, 2012
STRAIGHT SHOOTER: ESPN Senior VP & Exec Producer Jed Drake said during a conference call when Francona works Red Sox games, he expects him to "be candid." Drake: "I expect him to give insight that will be exceptional and special because of his knowledge of these players and their strengths and weaknesses, and I expect that he's going to go right down the middle of this. ... We're all going to take this straight ahead. And while I understand -- and I appreciate the unique situation -- I helped manufacture it, if I dare may say." Drake said once former "Sunday Night Baseball" analyst Bobby Valentine left the net to manage the Red Sox, ESPN "sort of put on the full court press" to bring Francona into the booth. Drake: "I enlisted Jon Gruden's support to reach out to Terry, which he did" (THE DAILY).