Finally, former Red Sox manager Terry Francona is giving credit where credit is due. He said on ESPN last night that the Orioles are the reason he's now a baseball analyst instead of the current manager of the Boston Red Sox.
Gotta throw some credit to Baltimore Magazine's Evan Serpick for picking up on Francona's comment, which reportedly was during an on-air conversation in which Francona gave the Orioles props for playing hard under manager Buck Showalter.
When he was asked what proof he could provide to support his contention that the Orioles play hard every night, Francona didn't hesitate.
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"The fact that I'm working for ESPN,'' he said.
Of course, there was a lot more than contributed to Francona's departure, including the fact that some Red Sox players were more interested in drinking beer and eating in the clubhouse than joining their teammates in the dugout during the great Sox collapse of 2011.
But his comment proves that the Orioles are making real progress. Normally, they just get their own manager fired every few years.