Tito's spring has a different ring

For the first time in over 30 years, Francona won't be part of baseball's new beginning

Updated: February 13, 2012, 7:24 PM ET
By Joe McDonald | ESPNBoston.com

BOSTON -- When Terry Francona arrived at his first spring training as a 21-year-old prospect for the Montreal Expos in 1981, little did he know he would spend the next 31 years enjoying the annual rite of winter.

"I walked into camp about 25 pounds overweight and [Expos manager] Dick Williams screamed at me," Francona said with a laugh.

Francona, 52, has experienced it all since his first camp, and now, for the first time in his career, he's a man without a uniform.

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