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Shock, sadness from Tito's players

Dustin Pedroia: 'My heart's broken for him and I wish he was back'

Updated: October 1, 2011, 2:33 AM ET
By Joe McDonald | ESPNBoston.com

BOSTON -- Terry Francona epitomized the term "players' manager" because his players respected him and he did whatever was needed to make sure the team succeeded as a unit.

When news broke that Francona, a two-time World Series champion and arguably the greatest manager in franchise history, was leaving the Red Sox, current and former players and staff members were disappointed and shocked.

Among the most stunned was Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia. A former rookie of the ...

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