Terry Francona

Terry Francona shares his hilarious thoughts on MLB's Players' Weekend uniforms

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Terry Francona shares his hilarious thoughts on MLB's Players' Weekend uniforms

MLB's Players' Weekend is here, and so are its horrible, no good, very bad uniforms.

You'd be hard-pressed to find many in favor of this year's black and white unis, which you can take a peek at below if you haven't already seen them.

Cleveland Indians manager and former Boston Red Sox skipper Terry Francona was one of the more vocal critics of this weekend's eyesores. Tito summed up his thoughts with a hilarious quote on Friday and said he wasn't going to make pitching changes because he didn't want to be seen in public.

Here's what he said, per Zack Meisel of The Athletic.

Never change, Tito.

The 2004 and 2007 World Series champion does have a point. These are some of the worst-looking uniforms the league could possibly have come up with for a weekend that is supposed to be colorful and filled with personality. It's hard to blame Francona for being embarrassed to wear them.

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Xander Bogaerts (2 HRs) steps up, reminds everyone Rafael Devers isn't a one-man show

Xander Bogaerts (2 HRs) steps up, reminds everyone Rafael Devers isn't a one-man show

CLEVELAND -- One day it's Rafael Devers. The next it's Xander Bogaerts. The two have been playing Can You Top This? all season, and on Wednesday it was Bogaerts' turn to take center stage.

Just hours after Devers delivered the first 6-for-6, four-double game in major league history, Bogaerts was the star of a 5-1 victory over the Indians, slamming a pair of homers, including the 100th of his career, as part of a three-hit day.

"He played well, and he's the leader," said manager Alex Cora. "We made a commitment early in the season with the guy and you see what he's doing on the field, in the clubhouse."

Bogaerts homered in the third off of All-Star Game MVP Shane Bieber as the second half of a back-to-back with Devers, who stretched his street of plate appearances with a hit to eight before grounding out.

Indians manager Terry Francona understandably decided he had seen enough of Devers when he walked him in the seventh to get to Bogaerts with two on and one out. Bogaerts fell behind in the count 0-and-2 before drilling one out to left to put the game away.

"You feel it, you feel it," Bogaerts said of the intentional walk to get to him. "Obviously you're not trying to hit a homer every time, but you're just trying to at least get a run in or put a good swing, but not to strike out. You'll make them look good on that. I mean, I laid off some tough sliders. He threw a lot of them. That last one, he just left it up and I saw it real well and I swung.

"I mean, last year it was the same thing with J.D. [Martinez]. When I hit behind J.D., they walked him a lot and I had a lot of success with that. This year, I kind of feel that's been with Raffy lately and it's been working well. I guess it definitely gets you going a little bit and understanding that they think you're the weaker guy."

An All-Star earlier this year, Bogaerts continued adding to what is already a career season. He's hitting .308 with 27 homers, 92 RBI, and a .947 OPS.

"He grinds. He plays," Cora saluted. "People don't realize how big he is to play that position. 6-3, 220. You look at Francisco [Lindor], he's shorter and lighter. For him to show up every day, it's not that easy. We gave him a day off last week and he'll have one tomorrow. He's grinding, he's grinding. But one thing for sure, he's not going to give up."

 

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Terry Francona shows love for David Ortiz, discusses their unique bond

Terry Francona shows love for David Ortiz, discusses their unique bond

Terry Francona and David Ortiz spent eight seasons together and won two World Series with the Boston Red Sox. They go way back.

So when Francona, now manager of the Cleveland Indians, learned his former player had been shot in the Dominican Republic on Sunday, he understandably was concerned.

But Francona said Tuesday his concerns were somewhat allayed when he learned Ortiz had been transported to Massachusetts General Hospital on Monday for further treatment.

"I know he’s in great hands," Francona told reporters Tuesday. "I actually spoke to the doctor today and he couldn’t be in a better place or with better people."

Francona would know. The 60-year-old manager, who has dealt with an irregular heartbeat and other health problems over the years, said he spoke to the same doctor who treated him several years ago.

"That was sort of our inside joke," Francona said. "(The doctor) said he's medevaced two people: me and David."

Ortiz underwent a second surgery late Monday night and showed signs of progress Tuesday as he recovers from a gunshot wound he suffered in what's being called an attempted murder.

The former Red Sox slugger has received an outpouring of support during his recovery, and Francona was happy to pile on.

"He’s a very special person, not to just to me, to a lot of people," Francona said of Ortiz. " ... Extremely endearing. He could light up a room or put a room at ease with his smile."

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