In Part III of his conversation with new Indians manager Terry Francona, Pat McManamon asks Francona what it was like to manage Michael Jordan in Jordans only year in baseball. The two also discuss Franconas playing career, which was shortened by numerous injuries, and his health.
Q: What was your first conversation with Michael Jordan?
A: Oh boy. I went up to him in the outfield at the end of spring training there were like four or five days left in spring training. He saw me coming, and I could see him thinking, Oh boy heres another guy who wants to be my coach. Because everybody wanted to be a part of that. I walked up to him, introduced myself and said, Im going to be your manager. For the next four or five days Im going to leave you alone. I could see him kind of exhale, relax. Im like, Just get yourself grounded. When we get to Birmingham well sit down and well talk about whats important and how it works. And I think he appreciated that.
Q: And then what?
A: We sat down. ...