Julien fan base hits home

By Peter Abraham
Globe Staff / June 15, 2011

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Red Sox manager Terry Francona is not a big hockey fan. But he has been following the Bruins in their quest for the Stanley Cup and revealed that he spoke to coach Claude Julien to wish him well.

The conversation took place after the Bruins lost the first two games of the series in Vancouver.

"Me and Claude are tight now, I called him," Francona said last night before the Red Sox played the Tampa Bay Rays. "He dropped on me, 'Hey, I appreciate the call. I'm glad you're interested in hockey.' I said, 'No, I don't understand it and I don't like it. But you seem like a really great guy and I wanted to wish you luck.'"

The Bruins have won three of the four games in the series since that call. Perhaps Francona's words are having an impact.

Then again, probably not.

"I told him, 'About that second line . . . whatever,'" he said, laughing. "I still can't figure out when they get out there [how] they know where they're going."

Francona planned to leave a message and was surprised when Julien picked up the phone.

"He's really nice," Francona said.

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