"I'm supposed to have a lot of things to say, and maybe be a little bit profound. But it's hard to come up with the right words. To go through this from Day One until now with people that you really, really care about, that makes it special."Francona is 8-0 in World Series games, a record he'd love to embellish in seasons to come. He, like all those who were there, carry a special feeling for the 2004 outfit that eradicated all those ghosts of horrors past. "What happened in '04 we'll never forget," Francona said. "So many people we're indebted to, so many good players. But this is '07, and we said that from Day One. We accomplished our goal, and it's not easy to do." Asked if he could identify what makes the Red Sox tick, Henry pointed toward the clubhouse. "What seems to be contagious is the feeling of camaraderie," he said. "You never hear a player say a bad word about another player. These guys seem to have true chemistry." Called a boy wonder when he put together the 2004 champions at age 30, general manager Theo Epstein is four years older and no doubt a little wiser, a two-time champion at 34. "I'm proud of the whole organization," Epstein said, praising the scouting and player development departments for their roles in finding and molding the superior young talents who helped David Ortiz, Manny Ramirez, Josh Beckett, Jason Varitek, Curt Schilling and Co. carry out the latest mission. "We've got a clubhouse full of guys who rise to the occasion. We've started to build a great organization -- development, scouts, players, everything." Francona, his boss suggested, finally might have bought some good will with the Red Sox Nation's hardcore critics with his latest triumph. "Managers very seldom get the benefit of the doubt," Henry said. "Fans don't realize why they make the decisions they make. "I think Terry will start to be even more highly regarded now in Red Sox Nation."
Lyle Spencer is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.