The joke’s on Cleveland Indians manager Terry Francona, at least when Cincinanti Reds Hall-of-Fame Broadcaster Marty Brennaman is behind the hyjinx.
Francona told Cincinnati.com that he became good friends with Brennaman during 1987, when he suited up for the Reds. The two have stayed friends, and Ole’ Marty is notorious for leaving the Tribe skipper some not-safe-for-work voicemails.
“Marty and Joe (Nuxhall) took a liking to me probably because I think I was so bad and then we became friends and we stayed friends as a lot of people do in this game. It’s just been kind f a running joke even when i went to Boston and won the world series. Marty would leave me this unbelievably; messages that you couldn’t put on the air, and I’d play them for the staff…I’m usually not the receiving end of most of the jokes.”
Francona is Minnesota for tonight’s All-Star Game. He was asked to join the American League staff by Manager John Farrell.
The two hit it off instantly after Francona was promoted to the Tribe during his playing days in 1988.
“I picked Tito because I wanted to somebody to laugh with,” Farrell told Cleveland.com on Monday after introducing the AL lineup for Tuesday’s All-Star game at Target Field. “No, no, no. . . I’m just kidding.”