Francona reacts after loss

October, 11, 2009
10/11/09
5:12
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BOSTON -- Noting that it's nearly impossible to sum up a season some 10 minutes after his team was fighting for its baseball life, Red Sox manager Terry Francona did his best to express the emotions of his team after the Angels rallied in the ninth inning to stun Boston, 7-6, and sweep the American League Division Series.

"I think we're disappointed," said Francona. "The season doesn't wind down. It comes to a crashing halt. You go into the top of the [ninth] inning excited because you think you're going to keep playing. Half an inning later, you're going home. So it's disappointing.

"[I'm] not disappointed in our guys. I told them somebody had to go home not happy. Unfortunately for us, this year it's us. But we asked a lot of them all year, asked them to do some things a lot of guys weren't accustomed to doing. They all tried to handle it and they always tried to do what we asked them to do. Just a tough ending for us."

Asked about the ninth-inning decision to walk Torii Hunter to load the bases with two outs for Vladimir Guerrero, Francona didn't second-guess the move.

"It's tough to walk the bases loaded," he said. "But [closer Jonathan Papelbon] throws strikes and he had a lot of success against Guerrero. I think Hunter was probably 3 of 7 with a home run. I guess, put it in a nutshell, we thought it would give us a better chance to win.

"It didn't work."

Chris Forsberg

Celtics reporter, ESPNBoston.com

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