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Terry Francona held a team meeting to tell the Indians “I care about them”

Apr 21, 2014, 10:15 AM EDT

Terry Francona AP

Three weeks into the season and Cleveland manager Terry Francona has already called his first team meeting.

With the Indians off to a 7-10 start Francona brought the team together following Saturday’s loss and gave them a pep talk, which he described to Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer:

I care about them a lot and I really like this team a lot. I just felt like maybe half-reassuring and kind of explaining, “Remember who we are and how we go about things. We’re getting tested a little bit and that’s part of it. We’ve been tested before. Just continue to fight through things together.”

And then they went out an won Sunday.

Cleveland is coming off a 92-win season, but 7-10 (and now 8-10) isn’t exactly a disastrous start considering they actually started 7-10 last season and dipped as low as 8-13 before finishing the year on an 84-57 run.

It seems like there’s probably a very thin line between calling the right amount of team meetings to keep a team motivated during a long season and totally losing your audience because you’re constantly calling team meetings. Francona probably knows as well as anyone where that line is, but what happens on the meeting front if the Indians have another rough week or two?

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  1. cur'68 - Apr 21, 2014 at 11:35 AM

    Speech be dammed. I think Aaron Loup missing low on pitch after pitch had more to do with the win than any speech. Those pitches weren’t even close. What’s more, they got a strike call on an Axford pitch that WASN’T a strike on Encarnación. That was ball four and a run walked in. Did the ump get that speech, too?

    Nah, no speech did this. They were lucky. They nearly gave it all back, too. Bases loaded in the 9th and a really dangerous and patient guy didn’t get a call. Luck. Can’t ride luck all season.

    Another day those calls go the way they should or Gibbons sends in Wagner instead of Loup (who needed some more time off, I guess) and its a Beaver Win and no one even talks about a speech.

    I think The Indians are in for more speechifying and they won’t be so happy with the results then.

    • blabidibla - Apr 21, 2014 at 12:18 PM

      You can’t argue balls and strikes! You’re outta here!

      • cur'68 - Apr 21, 2014 at 1:45 PM

        /throws helmet

      • raysfan1 - Apr 21, 2014 at 2:27 PM

        /benches clear

      • r8rnuck - Apr 21, 2014 at 2:55 PM

        /danceparty

  2. 13yrsmlbvet - Apr 21, 2014 at 11:42 AM

    Speeches don’t manifest themselves in one game.

  3. kcrobert10 - Apr 21, 2014 at 12:03 PM

    A hot royals team come calling tonight Terry….

    • Kevin Gillman - Apr 21, 2014 at 12:38 PM

      A good way to start winning for the Indians then. Ned Yost will make some bone-headed moves soon, right?

      • kcrobert10 - Apr 21, 2014 at 2:28 PM

        He has been known to do that. You just have to drink the kool-aid and just believe it will all work out be royal.

      • Kevin Gillman - Apr 21, 2014 at 4:23 PM

        You’re right, and hey, the Royals have been playing well so far. It will be a fun series, no doubt. But the Indians aren’t too shabby either, and they have the experience of being in the postseason, which helps them through slumps even right now.

  4. sportsfan18 - Apr 21, 2014 at 12:53 PM

    Well, IF they have another rough week or two THEN writers would be asking WHY he didn’t have a team meeting a week or two before then…

    Damned if you do and damned if you don’t…

    He knows his club and he did what he thought was right…

    Good for him…

  5. phillyguyindc - Apr 21, 2014 at 1:30 PM

    He called them to tell them “I’m there for you” and then slowly he will take away the two words “for you” and will just “be there”

    Let’s see who gets this reference.

  6. rje49 - Apr 21, 2014 at 8:22 PM

    Maybe Terry is remembering Sept. of 2011 with Boston. Better to speak up than to let things slide and hope for the best.

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