Before Game 1 of the ALDS between the Red Sox and Indians on Thursday, Terry Francona was asked what it means to face David Ortiz in his final postseason. Francona, who managed Ortiz to two Red Sox World Series championships and knows perhaps better than anyone how dangerous Big Papi can be in October, answered and spoke for every AL manager not named John Farrell:
"It would mean more if he announced his retirement today," Francona said. "I would write a check to his foundation and …"
Hear that, David? If you retired before you got to the plate against the Indians, Francona would've donated to the David Ortiz Children's fund.
Alas, as that was always quite unlikely to happen, Francona continued his answer and heaped praise on Ortiz and the rest of Boston's lineup:
And as for another Red Sox player Francona is familiar with:
When he was introduced before the game, Terry Francona shook the hand of John Farrell and then threw his gum at Dustin Pedroia.- Brian MacPherson (@brianmacp) October 6, 2016
See Ortiz continue to postpone his retirement in Friday's Game 2, airing on TBS at 4:30 p.m. ET.