Posted March 27, 2013 on AP on Fox
Terry Francona helped exorcise the Bambino's curse, bringing the Red Sox a World Series title for the first time in 86 years. His new challenge is ending a 64-year championship drought. And this time, it's personal. Refreshed from a year away from the game's ruthless grind following a messy exit in Boston, Francona has come ''home'' to try to take the Cleveland Indians to the top. Chosen as the club's manager in October, Francona has invigorated a franchise he has known since childhood, when his father, Tito, played for the Indians. ''This where I wanted to be,'' Francona said. ''This was the only job I wanted.'' Loving every minute so far, he even agreed to dress up as a baby for his players this spring. The Indians, who collapsed last season under Manny Acta, have been overhauled for Francona. Cleveland owner Paul Dolan, criticized for penny-pinching in the past, spent $117 million on free agents this winter, a ...
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