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Terry Francona touches base

Updated: February 17, 2010, 9:40 PM ET
By Gordon Edes | ESPNBoston.com

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Terry Francona enters his seventh season as Boston Red Sox manager, the longest unbroken string by any Sox manager since Joe Cronin had a 13-season run from 1935 to 1947. And Cronin didn't have to deal with the 24-7 news cycle, coast-to-coast travel, cell phones going off in his media sessions, guaranteed multiyear contracts or Manny Ramirez, who could add years to any manager's life (while helping to win a World Series ring or two).

Francona drove to training ...

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