Hello Cleveland fans. I'm a sox fan, but I'm not here to troll, but to enlighten.
In sox nation there was a small faction of fans that believed Tito was not a good manager, and I am one of them. We were not blinded by the shine from the WS trophies, like a lot of ignorant fans were. He was terrible in Philly, in fact he wound up needing security just to get to his car, before all was said and done there. In 2004, he came to Boston and was the manager of the WS winning team. A team that would have won the WS with a monkey managing them. They came one bad decision away from going to the WS in 2003, then added one of the best closers (keith Foulk) and one of the best starters (Schilling) to the 2004 roster. They were going to win no matter who managed the sox. Pretty much the same thing in 2007. The talent he had bailed him out time and time again.
There were threads that chronicled the games that Tito cost the sox, with his in game decisions, or non-decisions. He cost the sox 4-6 games a year because of his incompetence in the dug-out. How many games they won "Inspite of Tito" would have been a great thread, too. He completely earned the nicknames, "Francoma", "Sit and Spit", and the one that you had to live with this weekend, "The Francona Factor".
I brought up how completely stupid it was for Tito to give Lonnie Chisenhall the day off, and was of course chastised by sox fans that think he can do no wrong. Tito gave the hottest hitter in BB the day off, Because Lester is a tough lefty. First, LC is hitting .500 against lhp this year and is better against LH starters over his entire career. Second, he's the hottest hitter in BB, he can have a day off if he looks tired. Sorry for you folks, but resting LC is another one of those things that used to make me crazy about Tito. There was no logical explanation for doing that. And of course, predictably, it ended LC streak of multi-hit games. In fact he's been 0-7 the past 2 games. He cooled him right off.
If you start watching him, you'll see how bad he really is in the dug-out. He's great in the club house, but terrible where they keep score. Good luck Cleveland.