Henry: Francona always part of Sox family

February, 20, 2012
John Henry, responding to comments that Terry Francona had made to the Boston Herald that he had not spoken to Henry since leaving the team despite calling Henry seven or eight times, said in an email that the parties spoke today.

"I called Tito about this today," Henry wrote. "We spoke about a number of things, but regarding what you inquired about he said he had called on my cellphone but didn't leave any messages. We simply missed each other apparently a few times. Had he left me a message I would have certainly called him back.

"We talked extensively and agreed that we had waited far too long in speaking and both of us had probably come to some wrong conclusions as to why we hadn't. We are looking forward to sitting down in Fort Myers this spring for lunch or a game. He will always be part of the Red Sox family.

"Tito was the best manager the Boston Red Sox ever had. We won two World Series together. He'll be terrific on ESPN's Sunday Night Baseball and no one can doubt that he will be managing again very soon."

Henry responded to emails from ESPNBoston.com and WEEI.com.

Gordon Edes

ESPN Staff Writer



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