CLEVELAND, Ohio -- During the latest leg of the Meet Terry Francona Tour, he went from the winter meetings in Nashville, Tenn., to the Dominican Republic to wining and dining free agent Nick Swisher last week in Cleveland. In between there were stops in Tampa, Fla., and Yeehaw Junction, a tiny dot on the map marking the convergence of the Florida Turnpike, US 441 and SR 60.
Francona is resting in Arizona for the holidays, but it will not be long before he's moving again. He's scheduled to make a January stop at the Texas Baseball Ranch in East Texas to see new Indians pitcher Trevor Bauer lead a pitching clinic. Then it's back to Cleveland and finally onto Goodyear, Ariz., for spring training with pitchers and catchers reporting Feb. 10.
"I was in Boston for eight years and I knew everybody," Francona said. "I don't have that with these guys and it's driving me crazy."