October 3, 1996 |
Tigers coach Terry Francona apparently will be the first managerial candidate interviewed by the Phillies. Sources indicated that the Phillies plan to ask the Tigers for permission to talk to Francona this week and then hope to interview him early next week. Francona, 37, managed in the White Sox farm system for four years - one in the single-A Midwest League, the other three in double-A Birmingham, where he managed some rookie named Michael Jordan in 1994. Baseball America named Francona its minor-league manager of the year in 1993.
April 10, 2013
THERE WERE TIMES during his 4 years as Phillies manager that the fans wished Terry Francona would get lost. On Monday, Francona took the request literally, though not intentionally. Francona, on his way to manage the Indians in his first home opener as their manager, got lost in what should have been an easy two-block walk from his apertment. Francona said he plans to ride a small scooter for the short commute to the ballpark, but Monday he decided to put foot to asphalt.
April 9, 2013 |
Former Phillies and Red Sox manager Terry Francona, now the newest Cleveland skipper, made an error in his first home game with the Indians. He got lost making the two-block walk from his apartment to Progressive Field and had to ask for directions. Eventually, a team employee picked him up in a golf cart. Can't blame him. When his father, Indians star Tito - who threw out the ceremonial first pitch - played in Cleveland (and when Terry had a late 1980s stint there), the Tribe played in Municipal Stadium, a crumbling hulk better known as the "Mistake by the Lake.
August 19, 2015 |
TERRY FRANCONA'S Indians will battle the Red Sox in Game 2 of a three-game series in Boston tonight. But long before the first pitch, Francona will accompany Boston manager John Farrell to his first round of chemotherapy for stage one lymphoma. Farrell, 53, announced Friday that he was taking a leave of absence to battle the disease. Francona and Farrell go way back. They played for the Indians in 1988. And they were together on the 1996 Tigers when Farrell was a reliever and Francona was third base coach.
March 30, 1997 |
The moment that had gnawed at Terry Francona's soul for six weeks finally arrived yesterday. Shortly after 8 a.m., the first-year Phillies manager looked across his desk and told club icon Darren Daulton he was being reduced to a bench player. Not long ago, this would have been blasphemy. But nine knee surgeries and the acquisition of Rico Brogna helped make it a reality. Brogna, 26, will start at first base when the Phils open the season against the Dodgers in Los Angeles on Tuesday.
October 31, 1996 |
How did Terry Francona find out he was about to become the next manager of the Phillies? "It's a lonnnngg story," Francona said. He was in his car Monday evening, making the long drive from Phoenix back to his home in Tucson, Ariz. Suddenly, the cellular phone rang - the one he didn't know how to use. On the other end was his wife, Jacqueline, telling him that Phillies general manager Lee Thomas had just called. "My heart sank, for some reason," Francona said yesterday, the day the Phillies formally announced his hiring as manager.
June 28, 2011 |
PITTSBURGH - Red Sox slugger David Ortiz could not stick to the company line. While his teammates did their best to lower expectations of the Phillies-Red Sox series, dismissing any suggestion these three games could be a postseason preview, Ortiz spoke candidly about the heavyweight showdown that begins Tuesday night. "In the back of your head," Ortiz said, "you're like, 'I might be facing these guys in the playoffs.' " Make that the World Series. The Phillies (49-30)
June 8, 1997 |
Terry Francona, the man who often overdoses on positive pills, finally crashed last night. After being ejected in the eighth inning of the Phils' 11th loss in the last 13 games, he slumped in his chair, rubbed his bloodshot eyes and searched for answers that can never be found. "I take these losses harder than anyone," he said, still wincing after his club's disquieting 9-2 loss to the Pirates at Three Rivers Stadium. "This is hard to go through. I know why we're here and what we're trying to do, but it still kills you. I went through this last year, and it's not easy on anyone.
June 16, 1999 |
The best way to open a trip to the West Coast is with a strong starting pitching performance, one that sets the tone for the whole week, one that the rest of the rotation can feed off. The worst way to open a West Coast trip is to do what Chad Ogea did last night. Ogea grabbed another loss and another early shower as the San Diego Padres handed the Phillies a 6-1 setback at Qualcomm Stadium. Ogea, a winner in just one of his last 10 starts, failed to get an out in the fourth inning.
June 1, 1997 |
The game began with 28,526 New Yorkers, Jerry Seinfeld included, filling the air with venomous boos as former Met Gregg Jefferies strode to the plate just after 7 p.m. That may have been the night's high point for the Phillies. Chances are your sporting attention was directed elsewhere last night. But trust us, you missed nothing up here, where the Phils turned in another utterly forgettable performance and were beaten, 10-3, by an entertaining Mets club that pounded out 16 hits and got an impressive start from Armando Reynoso(4-0)