One of the best managers in Red Sox history will in fact be in the house Friday afternoon when the club formally celebrates the 100th anniversary of Fenway Park, according to ESPN.com.
Francona initially declined to return to for the celebration after he and the Red Sox parted ways after the end of the 2011 season. Francona was upset about the way things ended in Boston, and told The Boston Globe last week that some of those feelings were still pretty strong. At the time, those feelings were apparently strong enough to keep Francona away from Fenway for Friday's celebration, despite an invitation from the club.
However, Francona told ESPN that he believes he owes it to the fans to return for the ceremony on Friday.