Found September 30, 2013 on The Victory Formation:
It was bound to happen; it’s just the source that’s surprising.  The Cleveland Indians locked up a Wild Card playoff spot in the 2013 postseason, and if they can win their one game playoff against either the Rays or Rangers…Read more →

Francona: Indians made playoffs by avoiding chicken and beer

Tweet When the Boston Red Sox had their historic collapse in the 2011 MLB season under Terry Francona, there were numerous reports that came out about troubles in the clubhouse. The most comical report about the 2011 Red Sox was undoubtedly that the Red Sox pitching staff would eat fried chicken, drink beer and play […]

American League Manager of the Year - Terry Francona

Selecting one Major League manager over another is truly a subjective enterprise. How do you measure managers? I have tried over the course of this site's history to try to figure out such a system. It does not work. I have looked at Pythagorean Win-Loss figures. I have looked at other models and methods of measuring a manager. Nothing solid comes from the exercises. How can...

Francona, Indians wait for October opponent

Of the many reasons the Indians won an AL wild-card spot with a stunning September surge, manager Terry Francona joked that it had nothing to do with his final days in Boston. ''We stayed away from chicken and beer,'' he cracked. ''That helped.'' Francona was typically jovial on Monday, a day after Cleveland completed a 10-0 run to finish the regular...

Latest Francona Jab: Funny or Not?

This weekend, I posted a video of Terry Francona joking around with the Cleveland media, during which he made a little jab at his former city of Boston. Nothing major really--just a comment about how he used to receive a lot more hate mail there, shedding some light on how much more difficult it is to please Red Sox fans vs. Indians fans. And of course it is: Red Sox fans have tasted...

Terry Francona unsure of Indians closer in postseason

Source: Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images North America The Cleveland Indians will face the Tampa Bay Rays on Wednesday. Should the Indians have a lead entering the ninth manager Terry Francona is unsure of who he will give the ball to as the teams closer. Chris Perez was removed from the role as the season came to an end and is unlikely to return to it in the playoffs. Matt Albers, Joe...

Terry Francona on Indians’ September success: ‘We stayed away from chicken and beer’

One month ago, the Cleveland Indians may have seemed like a longshot to make the playoffs. Things changed in a hurry. Terry Francona led his team to a 21-6 record over the month of September. The Indians have clinched one of the two American League wild card spots by getting hot at the perfect time. […]

Terry Francona Rips Boston a Little

Here's a video of Terry Francona casually shootin' the **** with some reporters in his office in Cleveland. At first, it sorta makes you miss him a bit. Don't get me wrong, I'm all about John Farrell for President. But, you can't not smile at the idea of Francona on a scooter. Now, I first happened upon this video when Deadspin posted it to Facebook with the caption...

Indians celebrate unlikely playoff appearance

The final out had just been recorded and the Cleveland Indians swarmed together on the infield in jubilation to kick off the celebration of a stunning September surge into the postseason. Terry Francona and the Indians' coaching staff stepped out of the dugout, gathered on the grass behind the third base line, stood there and watched. Francona has been a part of a lot of celebrations...

While We’re Waiting… Wins all around!

“While We’re Waiting” serves as the early morning gathering of WFNY-esque information for your viewing pleasure. Have something you think we should see? Send it to our tips email “Totally did not see this coming. I knew that Terry Francona knew what he was doing. I knew he had a knack for getting the most out of his players because he supports...

MLB News: Justin Masterson to possibly close

According to Indians manager Terry Francona, starter Justin Masterson will once again pitch out of the pen to start the playoffs. With Chris Perez’s command issues forcing Francona’s hand, he spoke to the media about Masterson’s role at the back end. “We went from losing our best pitcher to probably being the only team left in baseball that could have a guy finish the game...

AL Wild Card: Can the Indians Top the Rays?

Alright, by show of hands, who of you had the Cleveland Indians hosting an elimination wild card game at the beginning of the season? Come on, don't be shy. Okay, really, if any of you reading this article did have the Indians hosting the American League wild card elimination game tonight and can prove said claim, can you be my life coach? Who are you? Where are you? Seriously...

The Boston Sports Connection: ALDS Preview, Boston Bruins Season Kickoff & New England Patriots Go To 4-0

Get connected to The Boston Sports Connection powered by CLNS Radio! The Boston Red Sox will start the 2013 American League Division Series on Friday against either the Cleveland Indians, managed by Terry Francona or division-rival Tampa Bay Rays. Host Sean Bakke will have a preview. The Boston Bruins kickoff the 2013-2014 season on Thursday vs. the Tampa Bay Lightning, Sean will...

Second Thoughts Game #162: Indians 5, Twins 1

Player of the Game: Ubaldo Jimenez (6 2/3 innings, 5 hits, 1 ER, 1 BB / 13 SO) The Leadoff For the first time since 2007, Cleveland, you will have an October to remember! Winning their Major League best tenth consecutive game Sunday, it was the Indians that made quick work of the Minnesota Twins to clinch the top A.L. wild card seed and a playoff berth for the first time in six...

AL Wild Card Showdown

Red Sox Showdown is an occasional feature that pits two Red Sox Life contributor's in a one-on-one debate. This week, RSL writer's Ben Whitehead and The Guru tackle the topic of the American League Wild Card one game showdown between the Cleveland Indians and the Tampa Bay Rays. Ben Whitehead Contributing Writer Red Sox should get ready for Francona, Windians Cleveland...

Don't Bet Against Tito. Ever.

Managers make a difference in baseball because as a player you either believe in them or you don't. When Grady Little tells Pedro Martinez he's his best option in Game 7 of the 2003 AL Championship Series, Aaron Bleeping Boone happens. When Joe Maddon tells David Price he's his best option in the Monday Night One Game Playoff Game, “that's what I'm talking...
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