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Quote of the Day: Terry Francona reveals the secret to the Indians’ success

Sep 30, 2013, 7:10 PM EDT

Terry Francona AP AP

Terry Francona’s tenure in Boston came to an end after his team collapsed down the stretch in 2011 amid allegations that he had lost control of the clubhouse. This included the infamous reports that Josh Beckett, John Lackey, and Jon Lester drank beer, ate fried chicken, and played video games during games. However, it appears that Francona has learned from the past. Or at least has a good sense of humor about the whole thing.

Francona dropped this little gem today when asked what the secret to the Indians’ success has been.

I guess video games are still OK?

The Indians went 21-6 in September and finished with a 10-game winning streak en route to landing the top Wild Card spot in the American League. Francona’s team had a favorable schedule, facing the Astros, White Sox, and Twins during the streak, but they got the job done and are still standing for at least one more game.

  1. Kevin Gillman - Sep 30, 2013 at 7:26 PM

    I have to ask should there be an asteric next to the Indians postseason appearance this season? You know, because they played a light schedule towards the end of the season? Give it a rest, this might quickly go right up with the Nationals shutting down Strasburg last September.

    • duncanisland - Sep 30, 2013 at 8:01 PM

      Did you ever think that they may have had a tougher schedule than the other contending teams earlier in the year???

      • Kevin Gillman - Sep 30, 2013 at 8:04 PM

        I know they did, yet people don’t want to see that, because they don’t want to give Cleveland any credit. The Indians played the NL East, just like the other AL Central teams. They played the Braves very well, they were swept, but every single game was competitive, and could have went the other way. They earned this duncanisland, but media just want to bring up their schedule at the end of the season.

      • djpostl - Oct 1, 2013 at 5:19 AM

        No, Kevin. They didn’t. In fact, based on their schedule they underachieved like a….

        http://espn.go.com/mlb/stats/rpi/_/sort/sos

    • takemytalentstosoutheuclid - Sep 30, 2013 at 9:21 PM

      Right on. if you take away the head to head games with Detroit, who the Indians just can’t seem to beat, the Tribe played better against the rest of MLB than Detroit. With half the payroll, no .300 hitters, nobody with more than 22 HR’s, 84 RBI, no regulars with an OPS over .832, no pitchers with more than 14 wins….

      • Kevin Gillman - Sep 30, 2013 at 11:34 PM

        How about how the Indians have played against lefties all season long? 51 home wins, 11 Walk-Offs this season. Many people just haven’t paid attention to the Indians all season long, except now. But they will see how good they are.

      • silencegooddoer - Oct 1, 2013 at 11:53 AM

        Also with no PEDs!

  2. mybrunoblog - Sep 30, 2013 at 7:39 PM

    Indians did have a favorable schedule but you have to give them credit. They crushed it when they had to. They deserve post season and Francona did a great job this year.

    • jwbiii - Oct 1, 2013 at 2:35 PM

      No, the Indians had a favorable schedule in September. Over the course of the season, they played the same number of games against .500+ teams as the Tigers and one less than the Royals.

      Really, you can look this stuff up. It’s pretty darn simple.

      http://www.baseball-reference.com/leagues/AL/2013-standings.shtml

  3. buffalo65 - Sep 30, 2013 at 7:44 PM

    Not their fault. They won when they had to. Don’t hear Detroit fans complaining their schedule was too easy.

  4. Caught Looking - Sep 30, 2013 at 8:21 PM

    Cupcake schedule? The Indians only finished a game back of Detroit. Same division. Same teams.

    • djpostl - Oct 1, 2013 at 5:27 AM

      Same shitty teams. Divisinal Power Rankins, Strength of Schedules…. AL Central was laughable and the fact Cleveland got a ton of games vs Min & CWS in stretch run (plus Hou and Sea thrown in for good measure) is what everyone is referring to.

      That big, fat, juicy, damn near 20 games UNDER .500 vs TB, Bos, NY, Det, Bal, Oak & Tex in regular season by the Indian doesn’t go very far to support your position either.

      • forsch31 - Oct 1, 2013 at 2:49 PM

        Cleveland also was 25-5 against the AL West, including going 5-1 against Texas and 5-2 against Oakland, which was better than any team in the East

        Indians against the East:
        Tampa Bay–3-4 (18-16 against West)
        Boston–1-6 (20-12)
        New York–1-6 (17-16)
        Baltimore–4-3 (21-12)

        So, of the teams that you said killed the Indians, the Indians actually dominated two and pretty much split the series with two others. Only two teams–the Yankees and the AL leaders Red Sox–had the Indians’ number.

  5. docboss - Sep 30, 2013 at 8:28 PM

    Terry is a great guy and a good manager. He was considered for ‘Cards job. Now I see why. Good luck Cleveland from a ‘Cards fan.

    • jcmeyer10 - Sep 30, 2013 at 8:52 PM

      Here here. Was bummed that he had to take the rap for a bunch of grown children not doing their jobs and giving the effort.

      Either way, I am glad he landed on his feet and was able to work his magic. If not for Ferrell, he would be the most no brainer for COY.

      I still think Ferrell wins it though but I’m a homer so I would be open to hear if I am wrong.

    • djpostl - Oct 1, 2013 at 5:27 AM

      Yeah, in the end I am glad he gets some good stuff in hs life. He caught a ton of crap he never deserved in Boston.

  6. biasedhomer - Sep 30, 2013 at 8:29 PM

    Really amazing turn around by the Indians.

    Their GM did a pretty good job with the additions of Bourn, Swisher, Kazmir, Stubbs (although Choo would have been better, but he was going to walk after the season), and Reynolds (for the 1st month).

    • jcmeyer10 - Sep 30, 2013 at 8:53 PM

      Kazmir used to give my Sox fits and was honestly happy for him because he always seemed like such a nice guy who just lost it for no reason.

  7. rhmurphy - Sep 30, 2013 at 8:37 PM

    Microbrews are okay though.

  8. josemartez - Sep 30, 2013 at 8:48 PM

    And here I thought the fried chicken/beer/video game comments were mercifully over with.

  9. @audiosportsfix - Sep 30, 2013 at 8:49 PM

    Reblogged this on Audiosportsfix.

  10. clydeserra - Oct 1, 2013 at 12:11 AM

    Cleveland fans: nobody is saying that the team played a “soft schedule.” We are pointing out that winning 10 straight to bad teams does not make the team “hot.”

    Its true that the did an excellent job beating the teams they jad to beat. Its true any given day any team, even the three worst in the league, can beat you, so winning is not a given. Its also true that winning 90 gamrs is a great season.

    Just stop with the martyr act.

  11. janessa31888 - Oct 1, 2013 at 7:38 AM

    Man there are a lot of sour grapes around here. I don’t care who they beat. This is not the AP college football ranking.

    • stlouis1baseball - Oct 1, 2013 at 1:01 PM

      I am with you Janessa. Winning 10 consecutive games is very much the definition of “hot.”
      I don’t care how you slice it. 10 consecutive games is 10 consecutive games.
      Congratulations on a great year!

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