Adrian Gonzalez was not expecting Terry Francona to be fired.

"Francona leaving did catch me by surprise," Gonzalez wrote in an email this weekend. "I said it at (the) end of (the) year: He was a good manager, calm at all times and never showed panic. I only got to be around him this year, so I don't have anything to compare from past years and know if there was any difference this year. He is a great person and fun to be around."

Asked to assess the impact Francona had on the clubhouse and Francona's take that some players were not focused entirely or sufficiently on winning games, Gonzalez responded: "On his assessment on clubhouse, again I was not around before so I don't have anything to compare by."