Departure makes your head spin

Did Terry Francona decide to leave on his own or did ownership help make up his mind?

Updated: October 2, 2011, 2:05 AM ET
By Gordon Edes | ESPNBoston.com

BOSTON -- It never ceases to amaze how an employee's termination notice can be spun to sound like a winning lottery ticket.

Terry Francona, loyal to the end, went along with the charade, too, until he was asked whether the owners of the Boston Red Sox ever told him Friday morning, "Hey, Tito, we'd be much obliged if you'd return next season and the season after that, because we'd like nothing better than to pick up the two option years on your contract -- the one we gave you for winning ...

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