"Watching him hit, if you go to a game, you don't want to go eat when he's hitting. Because those are majestic, he takes some pretty healthy swings. For however many games I managed against teams he was on, I don't think there was probably one or two where he walked to the plate and I didn't give him the bunt sign, like 'Go ahead and lay one down.' And then he'd always kind of smile and hit one in the upper deck."
-- Francona, on former Indians slugger Jim Thome
Alec Shirkey is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.