The question posed to Red Sox manager Terry Francona before last night’s game against the Yankees was about Jason Bay, who is struggling to hit in his first season with the Mets.
But as Francona readily admitted, Bay’s struggles are quite far from his radar, especially given the slow start his entire team is enduring this season. The Red Sox found themselves in the odd, uncomfortable position of hanging on for dear life on Mother’s Day evening — at least until the bats finally showed signs of life against A.J. Burnett in a 9-3 win over New York.
So, with 80 percent of the season yet to be played, Francona’s answer about Bay seemed intended as much for his own impatient audience. Deep breaths, Nation. Deep breaths.
“Our job is to sometimes not react,” Francona said. “I think if you react too much as a manager, you get in trouble. When you’re not sure about something, I think doing it slow, rather than fast, is better.”