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The Cleveland Guardians were hoping to have a strong season this year.
Not only did they want to get back into the playoffs, but they wanted to do it for manager Terry Francona.
This will be the legendary manager’s final year in the dugout.
He did not publicly state that he is retiring only because he did not want the attention on himself.
However, Guardians players and fans gave Francona a special standing ovation before his final home game.
According to MLB, the ovation was great for both the players and fans.
Francona deserves all of the love he is getting for what he did for the game and that city.
.@CleGuardians manager Terry Francona is honored prior to his final home game at Progressive Field.
— MLB (@MLB) September 27, 2023
It is going to be hard to see him go for many Guardians fans.
He has been such a great manager and even took this team to the World Series in 2016.
Everyone in Cleveland and around baseball is wishing him well in his future endeavors.
What a legendary manager! Best wishes to Terry Francona on his next adventure.
— bigxoidy (@bigxoidy) September 27, 2023
For his final home game, the Guardians even gave out free “Thank You, Tito” shirts to the first 20,000 fans.
It was an emotional day for everyone and one that Francona will remember forever.
Always a Class Act!!! Best Wishes & Congratulations on your, Retirement!! Thank you, Tito!!
— Miss Lisa G (@Lisa28G) September 27, 2023
Francona spent 23 years as a manager in baseball.
He won two World Championships with the Boston Red Sox and the aforementioned AL pennant in Cleveland.
In his career, he has 1,949 wins and 1,670 losses.
Cubs fan here, I give my congratulations to a hell of a career. Deserves to be in the Hall of Fame as an inductee the first time he’s eligible.
— Aaron, 44x B1G champs, Michigan Wolverines! (@LittleAaron4eva) September 28, 2023
Those wins rank Francona 13th all time.
The only thing next for the legendary manager is a trip to Cooperstown and the Baseball Hall of Fame.
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