Red Sox manager Terry Francona talked to the Dale & Holley show Wednesday morning, and one of the points of discussion was the clubhouse and how the Sox have stuck together through the rough times of the first half of the year.
"It's actually some of the best I've ever seen," Francona said. "It's good. It's guys that are trying to pick each other up, and even the guys that are hurt, they're out there and they're enthusiastic. Our dugout's been as intense as any time as I've ever been here. It's not always been perfect, but the challenge has been kind of fun."
Francona also talked about the ordeal of whether Adrian Beltre was going to make an appearance in Tuesday's All-Star game after going down with a hamstring injury.
"He had been checked by a lot of medical people. We were pretty comfortable that if he did play, he'd be a little bit careful. I think Dr. [Lewis] Yocum saw him prior to the game and said that if he was on his team, he wouldn't stop him from playing so there were a lot of hands and eyes on him. We pretty much did the best we could. Trying to stop him from playing is not an easy thing to do. "
Finally, Francona like all other members of the baseball community told a story about the recently deceased George Steinbrenner, who he will always remember for his charity work.
"The one thing that sticks out for me is that it seems like to me in times of need, he always wrote the biggest check," Francona said. "There's something nice to be said about that."
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