But it appears that, contrary to speculation, this relationship can be salvaged. During his weekly radio appearance on WEEI’s “Dale and Holley Show,” Francona said he spoke to the starting pitcher on Wednesday morning and he expects the hubbub to “blow over.”
“I talked to Daisuke again today on the way to the ballpark and explained to him how this is going to work,” Francona said. “And the thing I said is, not everybody is perfect. We all make mistakes. What is important is how we move on after we make those mistakes.”
According to Francona, Dice-K was very receptive during the discussion.
“He was actually great,” he said. “I think he owned up to the fact that he made the mistake. I think it transpired a little bit differently than I understood at the time. I don’t think he ran out of here and ran to somebody and vented.”
I wonder how many of these little three-day spats are truly resolved by the achievement of an understanding and how many are resolved by the GM or owner calling each side and telling them to find the nearest reporter and say it was a big misunderstanding.