ESPN analyst Terry Francona said on The Michael Kay Show on Friday that he didn't think he did anything wrong by sitting and chatting with his former players in the visitors' clubhouse at Yankee Stadium last weekend. He said he later messaged an apology to Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine because he didn't want there to be any misunderstanding.
"Some of the writers made a story of it, and being in his shoes for so long, I just wrote him and said, 'Hey, if I caused you having to answer a question or two, I apologize. He was great about it. I didn't think it was a big deal, but I also have been in his shoes before and I just wanted to let him know that I wasn't trying to, you know, do anything on purpose."
Francona said he visits with players before games as part of his job with ESPN.
"But because it's the Red Sox, everything I seem to do, you know, people are watching," he said.
"It was comfortable," he said. "I got to see some people I hadn't seen in a while, and I felt like it's been long enough now that I could sit there and talk to them for a little bit, and it wouldn't be a big deal. But I think I was wrong."
He acknowledged the troubles Valentine has had in Boston, but dismissed the idea that his own popularity with several players may have made matters worse for Valentine.
"No, I don't think popularity is all that important being the manager," he said. "I think that, you know, having your players going in one direction is important."
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