Catching up with Francona at Winter Meetings

Catching up with Francona at Winter Meetings
December 11, 2013, 9:15 pm
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At the Winter Meetings in Orlando, Red Sox insider Sean McAdam caught up with former Red Sox manager Terry Francona, who two months ago won the American League Manager of the Year award after leading the Cleveland Indians back to the postseason in his first season with them.

Francona's first season in Cleveland ended with a loss to the Tampa Bay Rays in the one-game wild card playoff.

"I personally hoped we'd get to September with a chance [to make the postseason]," Francona said. "And we did. Then it became a case of be careful what you wish for after running into that Tampa Bay team."

Francona said the wild card loss hurt. "It stung, but I hope it makes us that much hungrier."

Francona contacted Red Sox manager John Farrell, his good friend and former pitching coach in Boston, before the Red Sox's World Series-clinching Game 6 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals. There was a mysterious voicemail he left and neither manager will divulge its contents.

Francona's son, Nick, is now in charge of advance scouting for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, making the Franconas, a three-generation major league family. Francona's father, Tito, played for the Indians and Atlanta Braves.

 "He was one of the first people I saw down here [at the meetings]," Terry Francona said. "I got a big kick out of it."