Quote to note

"Usually after Christmas and the beginning of the year, everything kind of winds down. You do all your stuff for the holidays and then you get to the start of January and you start getting that itch back, that internal clock. It starts kicking in. You're thinking about talking to coaches, and what drills you're going to run in Spring Training. You start to get that itch."
-- Francona

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