Francona becomes voice of retro Sox

Originally Published: August 29, 2007
By Howard Bryant | ESPN.com

NEW YORK -- It wasn't so long ago that the Red Sox front office resembled a banana republic, a comparison at the time that insulted every banana republic around the globe. Owning the Red Sox didn't seem to be enough for John Henry, Larry Lucchino and Tom Werner. The trio that took over the team from the Yawkey dynasty in 2002 didn't just want to sign the checks, but needed to be seen, heard, felt.

So tickled to own a team, they wanted to manage it, too. In 2003, Henry, in particular, ...

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