Francona makes chicken and beer joke in Cleveland
BOSTON (WHDH) -- Red Sox fans would love to forget the epic September collapse that doomed a promising 2011 season. So former Sox manager Terry Francona may have ruffled some feathers when he explained his new team's September success this year.
“I don't really know, I mean we stayed away from chicken and beer. That helped. Might as well get that out of the way,” Francona said.
Francona, of course, is referencing the infamous story that some Sox players drank beer and ate fried chicken in the clubhouse during that doomed 2011 season.
Current Red Sox first baseman Mike Napoli said that's old news.
"That's them. I worry about our team and what’s goes on in our clubhouse. Everything’s good here,” Napoli said.
David Ortiz said he wishes Francona success with his new team and takes no offense at his old manager's comment.
"That's Tito being funny and trying to have a good time. I’m really happy for the way things are going for him and for the Cleveland Indians,” Ortiz said.
Some red sox fans we talked to did cringe to hear Francona's beer and chicken comment some even hoping this year's sox team makes him eat his words.
"I'd love to see the Red Sox play against the Indians. I’d love to see Terry come this way and maybe he’d by the team some chicken and beer after we beat him. That’d be pretty good,” Sox fan Chris Coughlin said.