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Francona has earned his lofty spot in Red Sox history

Originally Published: October 14, 2008
By Howard Bryant | ESPN.com

Over dinner, my wife tells me she cannot look at Terry Francona. She believes he has a kind face, and takes me at my word when I explain his welcoming, easy demeanor. But she cannot abide by Francona's dugout manners: wrapping a wad of chewing tobacco in a cocoon of bubble gum before stuffing the acrid combination into his mouth, doubling his Red Sox pullover as a bib.

It is the manager's spit quotient alone that every summer forces a channel change from important Red Sox games (thank ...

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