Joe on Francona: 'Tito has done a great job'

Shortly before the Red Sox announced the firing of Terry Francona, Joe Girardi was asked if the reports out of Boston reminded him of the tenuous nature of managing a big-league team.

"These jobs are precious, there's no doubt about it," Girardi said before Game 1 of the ALDS. "There's expectations. A lot of times they're extremely high expectations when you're in certain towns. We understand that when we take the job."

The Red Sox fired Francona after he managed the club through one of the worst September collapses in baseball history. Boston held a nine-game lead in the Wild Card race on Sept. 4. They let it slip away by going 7-20 in September. Francona had won two World Series with the Red Sox, including one that ended Boston's 86-year title drought.

That success likely prompted Girardi to note the high expectations of working in "certain towns."

"High expectations are better than no expectations," Girardi said. "You enjoy it and you enjoy your time when you're there. Tito has done a great job there. I'm not sure what's going to happen, but I know he's done a great job."