SEATTLE -- Whether it is Jason Varitek hopping into the dugout on crutches, or Dustin Pedroia sitting on a folding chair outside the batting cage so he can watch batting practice with his walking boot on, Red Sox manager Terry Francona is full of appreciation for the character of his team.
"They've all been good," said Francona. "I don't think people realize how extraordinary what we have going here is. You don't see this. I've been a lot of places. You don't see guys standing around the cage in a chair. You don't see guys on crutches trying to play. It doesn't happen. This is an extraordinary group right now. Sometimes I think that gets lost. It's amazing."
For Francona, it makes coming to work every day more enjoyable.
"It makes me love my job," Francona said. "It's not always very easy. [There are] some nights where you come in, like last night, with your heart broken. It's a good feeling. It's hard to explain. When you lose, it like, rips your heart out. You bounce back, and to do it with guys that you know care means a lot. The losses hurt more when teams care. But that's a good way to do it."