Jeter, Tex pay respects to Tito

Derek Jeter had both successes and failures against the Terry Francona-led Red Sox.

When asked for a response to the news that Boston had let Franconca go, Jeter paid his respects.

"I've always had a lot of respect for Terry," Jeter said. "I know him a little bit from playing against him. I don’t know what the situation is there, what happened or anything like that. But I’m pretty sure he’ll be fine with whatever he decides to do."

The Red Sox fired Francona after he managed the club through one of the worst September collapses in baseball history. Boston held a nine-game lead in the Wild Card race on Sept. 4. They let it slip away by going 7-20 in September. Francona had won two World Series with the Red Sox, including one that ended Boston's 86-year title drought.

The news of Francona's imminent firing put things in perspective for Joe Girardi.

"These jobs are precious, there's no doubt about it," Girardi said before the Red Sox officially announced Francona's firing. "There's expectations. A lot of times they're extremely high expectations when you're in certain towns. We understand that when we take the job."

Mark Teixeira had good things to say about Francona, who was a coach with the Texas Rangers during Teixeira's first spring training in 2002.

"He's a great manager and he's done a lot of great things in Boston. But every relationship, every tenure has to end at some point. This is what's best for the team," he said.