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At the time, Schilling said he was "stunned." The most vocal opinion came from then-Diamondbacks manager Bob Brenly.
"Like I said, that's the way I was raised in the game," said Brenly. "That doesn't mean that I'm right and they're wrong, that's just the way I was taught how to play the game."
However, Red Sox manager Terry Francona had no issue with Laird's attempt Wednesday in what would end up a 10-5 win for Boston.
"You know what, I'm not big on unwritten rules anyway," Francona said. "I think their job is to try to beat us and our job is to try to beat them. I think that somewhere along the way, the book and the unwritten rule has gotten rewritten by people that don't know how to write. What was the score, 4-0? They're trying to win. I just think -- just play the game."
Francona also thought it was a big leap of faith to think Beckett intentionally hit Laird.
"I did pick up the paper today and see where somebody wrote he hit him the next time up. Well, he hit him with a 2-2, two-seamer," said Francona, who is a huge fan of Tigers manager Jim Leyland. "I don't know. I think you need to go a little deeper than that. I don't think anybody said anything. I hope not. [The Tigers] play the game right. They're always going to play the game right. That's a given. And if they don't, [Leyland will] tell them."
But my intent today isn't to revisit Brenly's ill-considered comments from so long ago. My intent is to highlight Terry Francona's well-considered comments. Seems like every time the guy opens his mouth, I've got yet another reason to love him, too. Not as a manager, necessarily. Just as, you know, a guy.