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Franconas leaders on field, ground

While Terry Francona leads the Sox, son Nick will lead Marines on the ground

Updated: December 23, 2009, 8:34 PM ET
By Gordon Edes | ESPNBoston.com

There was a time Nick Francona imagined following his father and grandfather into the big leagues.

"To be truthful," Red Sox manager Terry Francona said, "we just wanted him to pick something and be good at it, the same with all our kids. He didn't have to be a baseball player for us to be proud of him."

But neither, Nick Francona, the son, nor Terry Francona, the father, imagined a career track that could take the son to Afghanistan ...

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