Long before they were honored for guiding teams with depleted rosters to first-place finishes, Dave Roberts and Terry Francona were forever linked.
Fans in Boston and beyond will always remember that signature stolen base.
It was Roberts' daring swipe as a pinch-runner in the bottom of the ninth inning that helped the Red Sox — managed by Francona — rally from the brink of being swept in the 2004 AL Championship Series and sped them toward ending their 86-year World Series curse.
Francona went on to win two titles with Boston, and on Tuesday he earned his second AL Manager of the Year award with Cleveland.
But what if Roberts had been thrown out,...