There was a power struggle within the Sox organization when Lucchino came in as president and they went corporate. Francona and Epstein were made scapegoats. Both guys are total class acts and a lot smarter than most/all of their brethren.The funny thing is, Francona is apparently a super-nice guy and easy to get along with. Why dump him?! Money maybe, dunno.. Pitching was stellar. Jays couldn't hit it. done and done.