Terry Francona Tells Pitcher He Made the Team During Game

Terry Francona

Indians pitcher Blake Wood was working into the seventh inning of a spring training game against the Reds this past Monday when manager Terry Francona came out to the mound for a pitching change. However, Tito had another reason for the mound visit—to let the 28-year-old Wood know he had made the team.

“When I went to take him out, (catcher Luke) Carlin was coming and I told him to stay back there a little bit,” manager Terry Francona said. “I went out there and asked (Wood) if he ever made the team on the mound? He was like no. I go ‘well, you just did.’ After that we came and talked to him the dugout but you could tell he was pretty excited.”

This may very well be the first time a pitcher, or player, has found out he secured a roster spot while on the field during game action. For Wood, who underwent Tommy John surgery in 2012, making the Indians Opening Day roster is a huge accomplishment considering that two years ago his baseball career was very much up in the air.

“Just coming back from what I did and making the Opening Day roster is really fulfilling. It has given me perspective on a lot of things,” Wood said.

Finally, Cleveland president Mark Shapiro tweeted out this wonderful photo of Francona giving Wood the big news, while simultaneously reaffirming our love for baseball.