Sep 2, 2013; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Indians relief pitcher Blake Wood (49) pitches against the Baltimore Orioles during the sixth inning at Progressive Field. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports
Normally when a manager delivers big news to a player, he calls him into the office for a sit down. Terry Francona found a different way of informing pitcher Blake Wood that he had won his battle to make the Indians’ opening day roster.
He told Wood in the middle of a game, during a trip to the pitcher’s mound.
“When I went to take him out, [catcher Luke Carlin] was coming and I told him to stay back there a little bit,” Francona explained via Joe Reedy of Fox Sports. “I went out there and asked [Wood] if he ever made the team on the mound? He was like no. I go ‘well, you just did.’ After that we came and talked to him the dugout but you could tell he was pretty excited.”
The sweet little manager-player moment was captured on camera and tweeted by Indians president Mark Shapiro.
Good show, Terry Francona.