In his weekly interview on Boston sports radio station WEEI, Red Sox manager Terry Francona touched on Manny Ramirez's upcoming return to Boston this weekend for the Red Sox-Dodgers series at Fenway Park:
* On what he expects when Manny returns to Fenway Park this weekend?
"I have no idea how this is going to be. This will be one of the more interesting returns, probably, in the history of the game. It could range anywhere from them throwing a parade to a riot. You just don't know ..."
* Reflecting on Manny’s time in Boston
"There’s no getting around what Manny did for us. I don’t know that I really want to. This guy was one of the most unbelievable hitters I’ve ever seen, and he had a lot to do with us winning World Series. Then there comes a time when you make a change and you move on, and that's what we did. He moved on and we did. There’s been a lot of stuff written that was true and a lot of stuff written that's not true. From where I sit, if he comes here I hope we get him out."
* On why he’s hesitant to talk about the past with Manny.
"[Managing him] wasn’t boring. It was different from time to time. If something was private three years ago, it needs to stay private. I guess I just feel like that. I don't feel like that's a good way to be a manager. If I have a problem with a player, then when they leave, I don't feel comfortable raking him over the coals. I don't think that's a good way to go about it. We all make mistakes, myself included. This guy was a big part of what we did, and then there were some times when things weren't perfect. We certainly own up to it. But if I start bringing stuff up now, I don't know how I'd feel about myself doing that."