Pregame interview with Terry Francona
Sox skipper talks about adjusting to Cleveland pitching
How was your night? Did you get much sleep? And how do you feel your team is as far as ready to go? You don't have to give me exact hours or anything like that.TERRY FRANCONA: You're getting a little personal there. I apologize for the way I phrased it (laughter). TERRY FRANCONA: Do you want to know how many times I urinated in the middle of the night? We can start now (laughter). No, we had a good day. We watched some baseball, watched some fastball. Happy with that answer? How about your team? TERRY FRANCONA: I'm hoping our team is going to really be good. We had an optional workout. I think our guys are smart enough to know that the word "optional" means, if it's in your best interest, come out; if it's not, don't. There were some guys that wanted to throw and wanted to hit. Even though they were a little tired, get the kinks out of a long night and go back and get a good dinner and come back today and go get 'em. Tim Wakefield was just in here looking ahead to tomorrow night. Given he hasn't pitched in so long, are there any particular indicators you look for with him to see if he's on early? TERRY FRANCONA: You know what, Wake is the hardest -- I certainly don't say this disrespectfully, he's the hardest guy to be a manager for of any pitcher I've ever been around. He's such a good pitcher and he's been good for a long time. But I think I learned real quick, sometimes to take both your hands, put them underneath you and sit there. Because of the way he pitches, if you don't do that, it can drive you crazy a little bit. There's going to be stolen bases, there's going to be some walks. At the same time if you're patient enough to let him pitch, and he's pitching well, he won 17 games. But it's very difficult. I remember Jim Leyland talking about it when he had him in Pittsburgh. I got over here, you go through the same thing. The Indians are starting Trot tonight. I wonder if there were any indications in your scouting reports or your studies of their tendencies that would have led you to expect that Trot would be in there, or is it something of a mild surprise? TERRY FRANCONA: I think we thought there was a chance that might happen.
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