Francona's Loyalty Costs Win!

James OConnorContributor IJune 11, 2010

BALTIMORE - MAY 02:  Manager Terry Francona of the Boston Red Sox watches the game  against the Baltimore Orioles at Camden Yards on May 2, 2010 in Baltimore, Maryland.  (Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images)
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After watching last nights debacle I felt so frustrated as a Sox fan.  The Rays and Yankees both had lost and our manager did one of his old tricks.  That is leaving a starting pitcher in too long.  It was clear to every fan that Lester was out of gas and Francona sends the pitching coach out to speak to him.  Does he think his warrior is going to say he wants out of the game, come on.  He should have been pulled before giving up the go ahead runs.  Francona has allowed his pitchers, mostly Beckett and Wakefield, to continue when the writing is on the wall to pull them.   I admire his loyalty which works in marriages, not baseball.  When the facts are right in front of you do your job, that is managing the Red Sox to a win, not being loyal to a pitcher.  I think Lester is the best left hander in the game but even he has an off night.  Last night was one of them.