Former manager John McNamara has passed away. Maybe in the afterlife Schiraldi won't get the deer in the headlights look, or Stanley will make the pickoff throw to Barrett at second base, or Gedman will stop the ball or Buckner will come up with the bad hop and he won't be known as a one strike away manager. RIP Johnny Mac.
Terry Francona will always be known as the Red Sox manager who ended the franchise's long drought without a World Series title. But that title almost went to John McNamara, who led the Sox to within one strike of a championship in 1986.