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 striking, big-ticket spending spree that brought All-Star center...