By Josh Kramer
It may be freezing outside, but the baseball world is still as hot as ever. With the winter meetings currently underway in Dallas, the baseball world is as vibrant as one could possibly hope for in December. Sure much of the attention has been centered on the second coming of the “MonStars” being formed in Miami and the next stop for the Albert Pujols train. But how about the major deal between Beantown and ESPN? This was not a one-sided move by any means. For once, there appears to have been a fair deal made in baseball.
As most of you are well aware, the man who will be running the show for the Red Sox this year goes by the name of Bobby Valentine. Bobby V, widely considered to be one of the great baseball minds of this era, not only has been very successful as a manager over the years, but he also did a phenomenal job in the booth as a broadcaster. It was an absolute pleasure watching this guy almost on a nightly basis serving in various roles on “Baseball Tonight,” “Sunday Night Baseball,” and more. His insight and analysis will truly be missed. I wish him the best of luck as manager of the Red Sox. Hopefully his stay in Boston will be a good one.
I am assuming you have noticed a new face helping the ESPN team out with their coverage of all of the baseball off-season transactions. I am of course talking about the most recent Red Sox Manager, and newest ESPN personality, Terry Francona. Nobody saw the Francona firing coming at the beginning of September. Sadly for the former Red Sox Manager, Boston had one of the worst meltdowns in baseball history, going 7 and 20 in September, resulting in his firing.
Does anybody else find this switch a roo amusing? In essence, Francona was fired. Boston plucked Valentine away from the Worldwide Leader (ESPN), and ESPN extended an invitation to Francona. As a fan, this is great. You are getting the best of both worlds in that one great baseball mind has replaced another in terms of television coverage. This year, Baseball Tonight’s coverage was as good as I can ever remember it being. Expect the quality insight and analysis to continue with Francona in the booth. I think there is one real question to ponder now.
Will Luke Fickell be joining the Worldwide Leader (ESPN) to help with College Football coverage following the Buckeyes date with Florida in the Gator Bowl?
Stay tuned for the next edition of TheSportsKraze.