Following the Red Sox' epic collapse –– they failed to make the postseason after having a nine-game lead on Tampa Bay for the wild card berth –– Francona and the Sox decided to part ways on Friday in what both said was an amicable divorce.
"It's sad for me," Rivers said. "For me, it's like losing a brother."
Rivers said the coaching fraternity in Boston is a relatively close-knit bunch.
"All the coaches around here, we have a pretty good relationship," Rivers said. "We talk and we share. To lose that, is really sad." – CSNNE
I didn't realize Doc and Tito were that close. Aside from a yearly phone call in which they wished one another luck in the playoffs, I didn't think they spoke often.