Cleveland Indians manager Terry Francona takes having an open door policy to a new level. The skipper of the AL Central leading Indians joined The Jim Rome Show on Tuesday and said he keeps a cigar humidifier in his office for all to use, and he added that if his players ever need some cash, they know where to find it.
“They know my wallet is on the corner of my desk. If somebody needs something they come and get it,” Francona said. “I don’t ever check it. I know if somebody needs to borrow money, they will put it back. It’s always been that way. It’s just the way it works, and I think it works the best.”
The 2013 American League Manager of The Year says he leaves his wallet on his desk out of convenience.
“Sometimes you got to do something, or you don’t have any cash on you or something. They know my wallet is sitting there, and I don’t think for one minute that they’re not going to put it back,” Francona said.
In his fourth season as the manager of the Indians, Francona has seen Cleveland’s struggles in professional sports firsthand. That’s why Francona said the city’s reaction to the Cavaliers winning the NBA Finals last month was such a joyful experience.
“It was really, really cool. I watched Game 7 in the little bar downstairs where I live, and it was hard not to get into it. I was probably 30 years older than everyone that was there. But it was hard. When Kyrie Irving stepped back and hit that 3 and then when LeBron [James] blocked [Andre] Iguodala’s layup, I mean, it was hard not to kind of give a fist bump,” Francona said. “Then to watch the city and the way it reacted, and then to watch the way the Cavs did, I thought it was really cool.
“Cleveland has been pushed around a little bit for a while, but now, it looks like they’re starting to push back, and I’m happy. I have been here long enough to care, and I’m really happy for the city.”
However, Francona didn’t get swept up in the camaraderie and failed to say whether his Indians have what it takes to bring another title to Cleveland.
“I do know one of our goals is to be special,” Francona said. “I mean that’s one of the things we talk about all the time. It’s hard to be good, it’s hard to be special. Shoot, if it was easy, every team would do it. We talk about that a lot.”
The manager said he will probably know in October if this current Indians team is special.
“I laugh when people say after you win a World Series, hey when did you know the team was special? As soon as that last out was made,” Francona said. “So much happens during the journey, and we try to tell our guys that all the time, like hey, embrace the journey, we don’t know how this thing is going to end and only one team can win, but so much happens during the season, and when it happens, you want your team to get that personality, that unique personality that forms kind of that bond and we’re working on that now. I’m proud of our guys, the stats are the stats, but the things I get proud about is the way we run the bases moving up on balls in the dirt, and I think that’s what’s going to separate us from other teams and so far our guys have done a really good job.”