As word circulated around baseball of his interest in the Indians, Francona said he was met by some who wondered if he was serious.
“They said, ‘What are you doing? Why don’t you wait for a team that’s guaranteed to win?’ The people that were asking didn’t know me as well as I thought,” he said. “I’m looking forward to this challenge. I can’t guarantee we’re going to win. Nobody can, but I’m excited about the chance to go about this and make this better.”