“The Francona Rule”

Good to know that Bob Watson is focused on the important things.

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  • That’s pretty funny. I guess everyone has to worry about something.

    Brad December 3, 2007, 1:58 pm
  • Come on Francona wearing what he did totally gave the sox an unfair advantage all year, its clearly why they won it all. On top of that it really detracted from the game. Scan down the sox bench and there he was at the end not wearing his uniform on the outside. It negatively effected the sox TV ratings and earnings in 2007.
    As dumb as this is please please lets avoid the Bob Watson just hates the Red Sox argument. Bob Watson sucks for many reasons but he sucks equally towards all teams.

    sam-YF December 3, 2007, 2:01 pm
  • Wow, Bob Watson is a TOTAL ass.
    Tito wears the fleece shirt for health reasons.

    LocklandSF December 3, 2007, 2:03 pm
  • Watson’s just pissed nobody has been talking about him lately. Why should all the focus be on these pesky players.

    sam-YF December 3, 2007, 2:07 pm
  • Performance Enhancing Clothing has been a problem for quite some time–another great example is the Patriots coach wearing a hoody during every game! Clearly Major League Baseball needs to intervene in all related situations, and retroactively remove all awards and records that were gained while using PEC’s. Both 2004 and 2007 championships fall under this category.

    Atheose December 3, 2007, 2:29 pm
  • Believe it or not a similar rule exists for HS coaches as well where I am. I guess it’s to keep the game from drifting from it’s roots, but I don’t have feelings about it either way.

    John - YF December 3, 2007, 2:30 pm
  • Under normal circumstances, this would be dumb and petty.
    But considering Francona wears the fleece to help his circulation because he has had heart trouble in the past, this isn’t just dumb and petty, it’s unconscionable.

    Paul SF December 3, 2007, 2:45 pm
  • Seems to me if there is a health issue here, Francona and the sox should have made Watson aware of it after the incident. It seems like Watson would make an exception if the issue is indeed legit.
    How does fleece help one’s circulation? Can’t another garment (underwear, perhaps) achieve the same benefit?

    Andrews December 3, 2007, 2:59 pm
  • Apparently he does, Andrews (two sets of stockings, for one). Francona’s health issue is pretty public, as I recall. Saw a quote somewhere today where Francona said something along the lines of, “I don’t want to make this a sob story, but I’m wearing a lot of clothes under there…”

    Devine December 3, 2007, 3:03 pm
  • Francona went public with the reason for the fleece after Watson tried to police it in the final week of the season, as I recall. So I think Watson is aware of the issue.

    Paul SF December 3, 2007, 3:16 pm
  • As we all know first it’s a fleece pull-over and then the next thing you know…


    ass-less chaps.
    Where does it end people?

    walein December 3, 2007, 3:56 pm
  • indeed it’s a slippery slope to naked pull-ups.

    Nick-YF December 3, 2007, 3:58 pm
  • According to Watson, a team jacket is acceptable, so why not have some lined in fleece for Francona?
    I think Watson was out of line for approaching Francona in the dugout before a game, but as silly as it seems, it’s a rule.

    Andrews December 3, 2007, 3:58 pm
  • Next thing it’s cats marrying dogs, fans feeling like the owners of teams only care about the bottom line, a Twins owner making 35 million plus on revenue sharing while not spending a dime on the team.
    Craziness people. The fabric of the game would be undone.

    walein December 3, 2007, 4:03 pm
  • as long as francona doesn’t start wearing his underwear on the outside of his pants, baseball should leave him alone…

    dc December 3, 2007, 4:13 pm
  • I don’t know how to quote here, so forgive me:
    I think Watson was out of line for approaching Francona in the dugout before a game, but as silly as it seems, it’s a rule.
    Posted by: Andrews | Monday, December 03, 2007 at 03:58 PM
    Actually, Watson approached Tito during a game, while Jeter was on second base. The verbal exchange caused Tito to miss a pitch or so during a game.
    I guess laser pointers weren’t Watson’s style …

    Brad December 3, 2007, 8:17 pm
  • Actually, if I remember correctly, Watson saw Tito before the game, had his talk with him, THEN sent a MLB rules official to inspect him during the game, causing him to miss almost an entire at bat with men on.
    The funny part? Tito was wearing his jersey when inspected by Watson’s minion. I’ guessing Tito was wearing it BECAUSE Watson had spoken to him, you know, PRIOR TO THE GAME!
    What can we determine from this event…
    Watson’s an ass.

    LocklandSF December 3, 2007, 9:56 pm
  • Linkage: http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/news/story?id=2997982
    I loved Torre’s reaction…
    “You’d think there’d be more important things to do this time of year than do Mickey Mouse stuff like that,” Torre said. “It’s a farce, I think.”

    LocklandSF December 3, 2007, 10:22 pm

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