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John Henry and Larry Lucchino aren’t returning Terry Francona’s calls

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Gosh, you tellin’ me that there’s more strife in Boston? Crazy! Terry Francona says that Sox owner John Henry and team president Larry Lucchino aren’t returning his calls:

“I don’t talk to them. Again, I’ve tried a few times. There are some things that are personal, things that were said, things that I’ve asked them to do. They’ve never called back. That’s just the way that it is,” Francona said. “That’s personal. There’s been some things that I’ve asked them to do, they’ve promised, and then I’ve never heard back from them. So, that’s just the way that it goes.”

I wonder what he needed to hear back about. What the messages were. Maybe like “Hey, Larry, I really want my favorite beer stein back when you get a chance call me.” Or “John, I just got a dry cleaner’s bill sent to me for a bunch of uniforms. First, you don’t need to have a shirt dry cleaned as Tide will get our chicken grease. Second, send it to Beckett and Lackey, not me. I didn’t even wear jerseys. I wore that blue warm-up thing and it was stainguarded.”

Yeah, that’s hacky. Sorry. I’m hungry and bored.

Someone stole Jose Fernandez’s high school jersey after a vigil

MIAMI, FL - JULY 09:  Jose Fernandez #16 of the Miami Marlins pitches during the game against the Cincinnati Reds at Marlins Park on July 9, 2015 in Miami, Florida.  (Photo by Rob Foldy/Getty Images)
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People are the absolute worst sometimes. The latest example: someone stole one of Jose Fernandez’s high school jerseys, which had been displayed in his old high school’s dugout for a vigil last night.

That report comes from Anastasia Dawson of the Tampa Bay Times who covered the vigil at Alonso High School in Tampa yesterday. Her story of the vigil is here. Today she has been tweeting about the theft of the jersey. She spoke to Alonso High school’s principal who, in a bit of understatement, called the theft the “lowest of the low.”

The high school had one more Fernandez jersey remaining and has put it on display in the school. In the meantime, spread this story far and wide so that whatever vulture who stole it can’t sell it.

 

What Hall of Fame-eligible pitcher would you ask to pitch today?

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In an earlier post I made a joke about the Indians starting Dennis Martinez if forced to play a meaningless (for them) game on Monday against the Tigers. On Twitter, one of my followers, Ray Fink, asked a great question: If you had to hand the ball to a Hall of Fame-eligible pitcher to give you three innings, who would it be?

The Hall of Fame-eligible part gets rid of the recently-retired ringers, requiring a guy who has been off the scene for at least five years, ensuring that there’s a good bit of rust. I love questions like these.

My immediate answer was Mike Mussina. My thinking being that of all of the great pitchers fitting these parameters, he’s the most likely to have stayed in good shape. I mean, Greg Maddux probably still has the best pitching IQ on the planet, but he’s let himself go a bit, right? Mussina strikes me as a guy who still wakes up and does crunches and stuff.

If you extend it to December, however, you may get a better answer, because that’s when Tim Wakefield becomes eligible for the Hall. I realize a knuckleball requires practice to maintain the right touch and subtlety to the delivery, but it also requires the least raw physical effort. Jim Bouton went well more than five years without throwing his less-than-Wakefield-quality knuckler and was still able to make a comeback. I think Tim could be passable.

Then there’s Roger Clemens. I didn’t see his numbers for that National Baseball Congress tourney this summer and I realize he’s getting a bit thick around the middle, but I’m sure he can still bring it enough to not embarrass himself. Beyond the frosted tips, anyway.

So: who is your Space Cowboys-style reclamation project? Who is the old legend you dust off for one last job?