Yes, We Cain
Radio host and former Godfather's Pizza CEO Herman Cain announces his bid for the 2012 Red Sox managerial nomination Oct. 27
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If 9 Guys Play 9 Innings, They Can Each Have 9 Beers
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GOP presidential hopeful Herman Cain is suddenly the newest long-shot name on the list of 2012 Red Sox managerial contenders. The Republican frontrunner has turned his attention to the Red Sox with his 999 plan for 9 players to go a full 9 innings, which will be followed by a reward of up to 9 beers each (provided they score at least 9 runs).

Cain has been lauded as a "great communicator" whose straightforward leadership style sets him apart from the establishment managerial candidates whose names are being floated around in the Boston media.

It's also a little known fact that Larry Lucchino directed Cain's unsuccessful run for U.S. Senate in 2004. And both John Henry and Tom Werner point to Cain's success in the business world as proof he can lead the Red Sox in the dugout.

Red Sox GM Ben Cherington believes Cain understands how to successfully implement his ideas in a multifactorial and dysfunctional clubhouse. In the past 40 years, Cain has worked his way up several big corporations: Coca-Cola (he knows cold beverages), Pillsbury (he knows pudgy doughboys like Beckett), and most recently as the CEO and President of Godfather's Pizza (knows fast food cravings).

"Herman understands better than any other candidate, based on many years of success in the business world, that players and fans in general respond better to positive messaging than negative messaging," Cherington told Fox News, right before Cain's official managerial announcement and 999 plan presentation.

Cherington thinks "his leadership style is very straightforward. He defines the problem at hand. He identifies the correct solutions, and then he finds the right people to put in the right positions to implement those solutions."

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