"I remember it was Super Bowl Sunday in 1996 and I was managing in the Dominican Republic," said Francona. "The first pitch was at 6:15 and I was standing on the top step of the dugout thinking to myself, ‘What am I doing here?’ "
Francona, who then gazed into the outfield, recalled being in disbelief of what he saw.
"There was a dog and a goat and a chicken in the outfield," said Francona. "I’m thinking, ‘I could be watching the Super Bowl.’ "