Tim McCarver: I heard that when you were managing in Philadelphia, you always wore that pullover even when it was hot so people couldn't see your name.
Terry Francona: When I was managing here, I thought my name was "You Suck."
This weekend's interleague series in Philadelphia is Terry Francona's first trip back to the city that famously slashed his tires on fan appreciation day. Because my love for Terry Francona seems to grow exponentially with each passing week, it fills me with a personal sense of vindication to see the Sox stomp the Phillies, as they did last night and appear to be doing as we speak, given that in the top of the fourth, it's 5 to 0 Sox and Matt Clement just gave up his first hit in the bottom of the third, a single that went nowhere. I hope we sweep the bastards, and then Terry Francona rides repeatedly around the field on the back of an elephant, waving the World Series trophy in one hand and his middle finger on the other.
You go, Terry. You give 'em hell.
Also, after reading this transcript and remembering his now-classic calls from last year's World Series, plus his continued subtle sarcasm toward McCarver during today's game on FOX, Joe Buck is off my list, too. In fact, if Tim McCarver continues his renewed campaign of aggressive suckiness this season, we may need to start a "FREE JOE BUCK" campaign. Stay tuned for updates.