CLEVELAND — Terry Francona made headlines earlier in the series when he admitted to ordering $44 worth of room service ice cream from his Chicago hotel. On Wednesday, the Indians manager confessed to another bizarre night in the privacy of his bedroom.
After Francona fell asleep late Tuesday night, he awoke with pain in his ribcage area. Turns out he was having a nightmare that somebody was breaking his ribs, only to realize he had fallen asleep with the TV remote stuck in his rib cage.
“It’s not easy being manager,” Francona said. “My bedroom looked like a national disaster last night. I’m going to have to change a few habits when we’re done here.”
Not only that, but Francona had peanut butter on his glasses after falling asleep while dipping pretzels into a jar of peanut butter.
“I go straight home and I hit the bed and everything’s laid out next to me,” Francona said. “I fell asleep at some point while eating. I wake up sometimes in the middle of the night and I’ll just reach over and grab something. Unfortunately, it’s true.”
Cubs manager Joe Maddon, on the other hand, had no trouble sleeping on the night before the biggest game of his career.
“I’m a good sleeper, man,” Maddon said. “I sleep well. Fell asleep watching more about the election. In the beginning I couldn’t get enough of it, then I wanted to get away from it, now it’s becoming I’ve got to listen again. I don’t watch the sports stuff. I watch the news, and that’s how I pass out.”
A few hours before Corey Kluber delivered the first pitch of Game 7, tickets for the historic contest were fetching an average of $1,823 per seat with a minimum of $825 just to get into the ballpark.
Cubs fans are invading Progressive Field for Game 7.
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According to StubHub, 60 percent of the tickets being bought were coming from Illinois, which was backed up by the enormous number of Cubs fans in the sellout crowd at Progressive Field.
“Game 7 is the ultimate bucket list experience for Cubs fans,” StubHub spokesperson Cameron Papp said. “We are seeing an unprecedented amount of purchases from the greater Chicago market.”
While the Indians had home-field advantage for Games 6 and 7, the sheer volume of Cubs fans made the ballpark feel like Wrigley Field East.
“Oh, I don’t care who buys tickets,” Francona said. “I mean, this place is going to be rocking. They might have more money than us. Their suburbs might be a little wealthier than ours. That’s not going to have anything to do with the outcome of the game.”
Francona held his final pre-game press conference of the season before Game 7, and while he admitted to feeling nervous with the World Series title on the line in a winner-take-all match, the manager received a good laugh from an old friend.
Boston Globe columnist Dan Shaughnessy, who covered Francona during his eight years with the Red Sox — and co-wrote Francona’s book after he left Boston — asked the manager, “Would you call this a must-win game?”
“Boy, I never would have thought the day that I’d see that you brought levity to my day,” a laughing Francona said.
Source: NY Daily News Headlines Sports News