Former Red Sox manager Terry Francona reconsidered his decision and will participate in ceremonies marking the 100th anniversary of the first game at Fenway Park Friday.
The Red Sox have invited every living ex-player and manager to the celebration, which will take place before an afternoon game against the Yankees. Francona declined the invitation to attend earlier this month, turning down personal appeals from owner John Henry and team president Larry Lucchino.
But ESPN, which now employs Francona as an analyst, reported Wednesday that Francona would attend because he felt he owed it to the fans.
Francona refused comment on the issue and the ESPN report did not quote him.
Red Sox officials said the former players and managers who do attend would be introduced to the crowd in some way.
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