Spring training is a special time of the year for young pitchers looking to make a MLB team. Terry Francona and the Cleveland Indians are a team on the rise and they are only looking for the best talent to accompany the team on its way back to Cleveland for the summer.
Francona has been said to be a player’s coach and he made sure that assumption about him lived on during a spring training game on Monday afternoon.
Blake Wood, a third-year pitcher, was unsure on whether he would make the Cleveland roster or not — yes, even a week before the regular season started. Wood was pitching in one of the team’s final spring training games of the year against the Cincinnati Reds when Francona decided to take him out of the game.
Wood didn’t think much of the situation, but what Francona did next definitely made Wood’s day — and probably even his year.
This is how Francona described the situation to Fox Sports:
When I went to take him out, Carlin (catcher) was coming and I told him to stay back there a little bit. 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.
Although there is no clear video of this happening, there is a pretty heartwarming picture that captures the exchange between the manager and his newly-appointed bullpen pitcher.
This was a cool moment and classic Tito. He tells Blake Wood that he made club as he takes him out a few days ago. pic.twitter.com/XKHVLA875F
— Mark Shapiro (@MarkShapiro) March 28, 2014
Way to go, Francona.
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