Valentine, Francona swap stories

Current, former Red Sox managers smooth over what could have been awkward setting

Updated: December 7, 2011, 8:52 AM ET
By Gordon Edes | ESPNBoston.com

DALLAS -- Worlds colliding.

"This is surreal,'' Terry Francona said. "Like reality TV.''

"Worse,'' Bobby Valentine said. "This is reality.''

Tuesday night in a second-floor hall above the enormous lobby of the Hilton Anatole. At one end of the hall, ESPN has installed a temporary set around a baseball-shaped table and three chairs for "Baseball Tonight." The host, Karl Ravech, says hello to the two men who have joined him.

Terry Francona, who has arrived first, ...

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