I’ve been fairly excited since I heard that the Indians would hire Terry Francona as their next manager. It’s not like I didn’t want Sandy Alomar…I probably would have been equally excited if he had been hired . I’ve been thinking about it, and I think I figured out why I like the Francona hire. Obviously I like him for the reasons that many of the writers and commenters have discussed on this blog – he’s experienced, he’s won two World Series, and he’s likely to bring an outside perspective to the organization. There’s been something else though, that I haven’t been able to put my finger on since the rumors started this afternoon. It finally hit me – for once, the “big name” is coming to Cleveland. I’m not saying that Alomar is not a “big name,” but typically (outside of this situation) the Indians usually have to settle for the generic, lesser option.
All I could think about tonight was the trip I took to China in 2009. While there, I took a photograph of this item in a marketplace:
As Indians fans, we always want the front office to go out and get Guitar Hero, for the Nintendo Wii. Much to our dismay, they always end up disappointing us and coming home with Crazy Guitar for the Wu. We never get the name brand, we always get the knockoff. Detroit nabs Price Fielder, we end up with Casey Kotchman. Minnesota nabs Josh Willingham, and we’re forced to settle for a broken-down Johnny Damon past his prime. I’ve become so accustomed to this, that I really didn’t know what to make of two candidates as good as Francona and Alomar. That’s an embarrassment of riches, particularly when you’re used to watching the other kids get the cool toys.
Alomar has reportedly been offered the position as Francona’s bench coach, but it’s unclear right now whether or not he’ll accept. It may depend on whether or not another team is willing to offer him their management position. While part of me hopes that Alomar gets the chance to manage somewhere, the selfish part of me wants him to remain in Cleveland as the bench coach. Why share our toys with anyone else, when we can instead opt to hoard them?