Thursday, January 24, 2013

Can't wait for "Francona"

Reading Joe Torre's book "The Yankee Years" was interesting because it opened - so to speak - the secret world of a Major League Baseball clubhouse.

Torre wasn't highly critical of any player (Alex Rodriguez was the closest), but it was a fascinating read. Baseball clubs are interesting to me because they play almost every day, pack up and barnstorm around the country for six months, much like a rock band that's on tour.

Wild and interesting stories are bound to occur. As wild and interesting as the Yankees were under Torre, I can't wait to read about Terry Francona's eight-year run managing the Red Sox to two World Series in 2004 and 2007, and all the zaniness and controversy at the beginning, middle and end of his tenure.

Francona's book, simply titled "Francona," is available on Tuesday.

I'm sure Indians fans will be reading and wondering if Francona's magic can rub off on the Indians, starting this season, Francona's first as Tribe manager.

News-Herald Indians beat writer Jim Ingraham will be reviewing "Francona" for The News-Herald in the coming weeks.

- Mark Podolski | @MPodo 


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