Terry Francona grew up at the ballpark, hanging out with his father, Tito, who played 15 years in the big leagues. Though Terry's MLB career left much to be desired (he batted .274 with 122 home runs and 143 RBIs in 10 seasons), he has thrived as a manager. After a rocky start in Philadelphia (Francona was 285-363 from 1997 to 2000), the Red Sox hired the former 1B/OF to lead their "cursed" franchise. In his first season, Francona led the team to a World Series title, repeated the feat three years later and has become one of the most respected managers in the game.
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