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Why Francona is this team's MVP

Amid season-long adversity, manager's steady hand kept Red Sox ship from sinking

Updated: October 5, 2010, 10:07 PM ET
By Joe McDonald | ESPNBoston.com

BOSTON -- During the season, if Boston Red Sox players, coaches or staff members needed to find manager Terry Francona at any given time on a daily basis, he would be in either his office, the clubhouse or the dugout.

He was nowhere to be found on Monday afternoon, a day after the Sox's season ended against the New York Yankees at Fenway Park.

Just because Francona's office was empty, and even though the clubhouse and dugouts where ghost towns, don't think for one minute the 51-year-old ...

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