As the Boston Red Sox disintegrated in what would become the worst September collapse in baseball history, some at Fenway Park grew concerned that the pain medication Terry Francona was taking after a half-dozen procedures on his knee was affecting his ability to manage, according to a report in the Boston Globe. The newspaper spread the blame for the collapse on all sides, but the most salacious revelations involved Francona, who left the team after the season. It said Francona was worried about his son and son-in-law, who are Marines serving in Iraq. He was also separated from his wife of more than 30 years. Francona responded that he was dealing with the same problems during the four-month period when the team was going 80-41.
– Associated Press
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