I know theres a segment of our fan base that wants to see Billy Martin [the famously volatile manager of, most notably, the New York Yankees of the 1970s and 80s ] come out and scream. That doesnt help," Francona says. "My job is to not make life more difficult for our players. I just think that whenever theres a big urge in me to lose it, thats probably the time for me not to lose it. The guys are losing their poise anyway. So Ive got to rein myself in, because thats just the way our team works better.
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