Video: BBTN catches up with Francona

March, 1, 2010
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Red Sox manager Terry Francona talked to Baseball Tonight’s Steve Berthiaume about his team’s offseason improvements on defense and defended his lineup.

“We lost a big bat in Jason Bay,” Francona said. "I think we’re hoping that we have a lot of balance, having Victor Martinez all year, having David Ortiz swing the bat like he can [will help]. There are no assurances in anything, we know that. ... Every decision we make isn’t always right. Every manager you talk to is going to feel good about their team … but I think we have legitimate reason to be optimistic.

Francona talked about David Ortiz’s season-opening slump last season and discussed getting him more at bats this spring. He also said he wouldn't put a timetable on how long he would give Ortiz to bounce back should he start slowly again this season.

“We're walking a fine line," Francona said. "We want David to forget what happened last year, but even I catch myself reminding him ‘Hey don’t worry about it.’ Well we’re reminding him of it. I just don’t think it’s healthy to go into a season [saying], ‘Hey if you start out horrible’, that’s probably not best for anyone’s psyche.”

Watch the full clip below.

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