Quote to note

"I was an 11-year-old that had gone to heaven before his time. For me, I couldn't think of a better way to grow up. It's all I ever wanted to do. I'm sure my dad had something to do with that, but it wasn't like he had to drag me to the ballpark. I was waiting."
-- Francona, on being at the ballpark with his dad, Tito, during his playing career

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