Peter Gammons said Thursday that there is 'an increasing' disconnect between Terry Francona and Theo Epstein. Gammons, a guest on The Dan Patrick Show, was asked if Francona could be managing for his job as the Red Sox struggle to hold on to the wild-card lead.
"I think to some degree, it seems very strange to think that," Gammons said. "I've sensed an increasing disconnect between Theo Epstein and Terry Francona and I think some of the things that have happened ... when Terry came out to mercifully take John Lackey out of the game on Monday night after 14 base runners, four stolen bases, a wild pitch and blowing an 11-5 lead and Lackey -- I don't know if he realized it, he said he didn't -- he stared him down, as if 'How dare you come out and get me.' Lackey said that didn't happen, and that's for the world to see. And Terry was upset about it, but nothing was said, no veteran player got in Lackey's face. ... I think last night, there's that strategic 'Why was Beckett coming out in the eighth inning of a tie game when you've got Bard and Papelbon?' You go back over the other notable recent collapses -- the 2007 Mets, the 1995 Angels, neither would be as great as this collapse if the Red Sox don't make the playoffs -- in each case the manager was gone by the middle of next season and there were major shakeups."
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