It hasn’t taken Francona long to become an adored fixture in Cleveland. He has embraced the community and Indians fans have quickly adopted Francona, whose arrival triggered owner Paul Dolan to sign free agents Nick Swisher, Michael Bourn and Mark Reynolds.
Except for getting lost while making the two-block walk from his apartment to the ballpark before the opener, Francona has settled into his new home.
“He’s fantastic,” said Bill Stern, whose advertising agency was eager to work with Francona for the McDonald’s campaign. “It’s obvious Cleveland has embraced him already. He has all of us believing.”