This is Terry Francona's first season as Indians manager, but he's no stranger to Cleveland or the team. Tito Francona, Terry's father, played for the Tribe from 1959 to 1964. Terry learned how to ride his tricycle outside the Commodore Hotel while waiting for his dad to return from old Cleveland Stadium. Former clubhouse manager Cy Buynak sometimes served as his babysitter. Francona eventually played for the Indians in 1988 and worked in their front office in 1991. He left to manage the Phillies for four years and the Red Sox for eight. In the process, he became one of the best managers in Boston history, leading the Red Sox to World Series titles in 2004 and 2007 and five postseason appearances.
Francona talks about coming full circle with the Cleveland Indians, from Tribe baby to Tribe boss
Cleveland Plain Dealer | Mar 29