Francona gets 'cool' reminder of 2004

October, 7, 2010
Red Sox manager Terry Francona didn't need to watch ESPN's 30 For 30 documentary "Four Days in October" -- a dramatic chronicling of Boston's amazing four-game comeback victory over the Yankees in the 2004 ALCS. He lived it. But on Tuesday night, while helping paint his daughter's apartment ("that ending wasn't quite as successful," he joked), he took a break and caught some of the show, and admitted on WEEI's "Dale and Holley" Thursday: "It was pretty cool."

"I've never really taken the time to just watch that stuff ... I remembered some of it, and I didn't remember some of it. It's kind of neat how it stirred so many passions of so many people here. Maybe it's not so bad to be reminded of it once in a while."

He talked about the contributions of Kevin Millar on and off the field, saying that his positive energy and confidence in the team was a big reason the Red Sox were able to it pull it off. "We wouldn't have won it without him, I guarantee you that," said Francona.

"He was like that every day," said Francona, about Millar's antics, positive attitude and vows to anyone who would listen that the Sox could overcome the three-game deficit against New York. "He was just dumb enough to think we could do it."

Francona said he was particularly moved while watching the footage on Curt Schilling, who pitched the Red Sox to a crucial Game 6 victory while barely able to walk on his injured ankle. He said he might have taken Schilling's will to compete -- and to win -- for granted.

"He had no business being out there... but I never for a minute thought that he wouldn't be."



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