Indians home opener a bittersweet time for manager Terry Francona, who remembers his late father

Posted at 11:13 AM, Apr 06, 2018
and last updated 2018-04-06 11:40:08-04

This Opening Day will be a bittersweet one for Indians manager Terry Francona, who lost his father Tito in February. Baseball was their life.

The special bond the sport has provided so many fathers and sons is clear in the relationship Terry had with his late father.

"I mean, I felt like the luckiest kid ever. He taught me to care about baseball so deeply. I got that right from him," said Terry.

Terry's father Tito achieved his greatest successes when he played six years with the Indians. When Terry got the job with the Indians, he called his father and the fathers of other coaches to collectively throw the first pitch.

"Cleveland is as close to family as a familial feel as you can get in a professional setting for him," Terry said.