Cleveland Indians manager Terry Francona continued his recent habit of revealing arguably unflattering things about himself when he admitted he had engorged himself on 17 popsicles in one night.
Let’s allow Francona to explain his outrageous indulgence, which apparently involves his insatiable appetite for Nestle’s Outshine Fruit Bars, specifically the grape flavor.
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“I had 17 the other night,” Francona admitted, as transcribed by Ohio.com’s Ryan Lewis. “No, that’s not a lie. They’re healthy, so if one’s good, 17’s gotta be real good. I woke up in the middle of the night and I was like borderline, like it was coming up. But I was so tired that I just laid there for about an hour and I was like, ‘Don’t throw up, don’t throw up, don’t throw up.’ I should have got up and threw up. And then I woke up in the morning and I was like, ‘****’. So I started counting the sticks. They’re so good. Obviously I don’t get tired of them. They’re so ******** good.
“Because Brandon took over nine boxes and there’s six in each box. There’s one box left. So I don’t know what I’m going to do tonight. They’re good, man. And they have them on the plane, too. When the lady comes by with a basket I just grab the basket like, ‘I’ll handle this.’”
It’s difficult to discern whether Francona made his admission with an abundance of pride or some semblance of embarrassment. Either way, it would be interesting to learn if he suffered the mother of all icy headaches that put to shame any icy headache that preceded it in human history.
As noted above, Francona is developing a habit of making oddball admissions about his life behind the scenes as a major league manager. It was only last week when Francona revealed he urinated on himself while racing back to the field in the midst of taking a restroom break.
Between that story and the one regarding his recent excessive popsicle intake, Francona is closing the gap between himself and Chicago Cubs skipper Joe Maddon as the most compellingly peculiar manager in the big leagues.