Former manager Terry Francona, appearing at a Red Sox-related function Thursday for the first time since the release of his new book earlier this week, said the process of putting the book together had been cathartic after the bitter parting of ways following the team's disastrous finish to the 2011 season. Cathartic until this week, that is. "This book's been done for a while and we kind of put it on the back burner and I've been working in Cleveland and being busy and all of a sudden there's a release date, which I probably lost track of, and then all of a sudden everything comes out, which I understand," Francona said. "So I hadn't really been thinking about it very much." Appearing at the annual dinner for the Boston chapter of Baseball Writers' Association of America, where he will receive an award for long and meritorious service to baseball, Francona said he hopes people take the time to read the book and not just the excerpts – some of which are controversial – that have been released. "I think there's been a reaction to the excerpts," he said. "I think that's the way it works. I think as people take time to read the book, which I hope they do—I hope they buy it—I hope they read it... if they have to choose one I hope they buy it. I think a lot of things are in context better. Once I decided to do it, since I wasn't manager, I had time to kind of dig in and get after it. It was fun. I tried to deal year to year and I knew at some point we would have to come to the end, so we had to touch on that, too. It's a tough subject for me. It's kind of a personal one. "I don't think I wake up every morning anymore thinking about it. I'm not bitter or anything but we certainly have to talk about it." Some of the excerpts paint the organization and ownership especially in a less than satisfactory light. Francona, who was named manager of the Indians earlier this offseason, said he is not worried about public perception. "I can't help that," he said. "I tried to word it really honestly. The end was really public and hurtful but I still thought they were good owners. When I made the comment that they didn't love baseball, I think they like it, but I don't view that as being critical. I was just comparing it to my perspective on the game. So maybe I'm looking at it through a different lens. I don't know."
Francona: 'I'm not bitter or anything'
NBC Sports Boston | Jan 25