Breaking News
More () »

'Beyond the Dugout': Cleveland Indians Manager Terry Francona reveals what he would change if he could rule the world

An in-depth conversation with the Tribe skipper that was filmed back in the spring, before COVID-19 shut everything down.

CLEVELAND — Get to know more about Terry Francona, as 3News' Dave Chudowsky goes "Beyond the Dugout" with the Indians Manager.

NOTE: This interview was conducted during Spring Training in Arizona, before the coronavirus pandemic shut things down. This is why social distancing measures were not being practiced.

Dave Chudowsky: Terry, [Beyond the Dugout] can get a little dicey at times, but I feel like last year you were fantastic. Are you nervous at all?

Terry Francona: Yeah, I have some anxiety over this, yeah definitely.

Chudowsky: Because you never know what will come your way…Do you love to win or hate to lose more?

Francona: You know, I try to love to win more. When you get in that mode where you're just relieved, you know, that you didn't lose, I've been there. We've all been there, and that that's not healthy, so you try not to define yourself by your record.

Sometimes that's hard to do. I mean, sometimes things don't go well, and that trying to be even keel, like I said, or not define yourself, that can be challenging.

Chudowsky: Favorite thing to do in Cleveland?

Francona: Actually, my favorite thing is to go to the ballpark. I love to go to the ballpark. Now I do, and I think I told you this last year, I feel an obligation to give back to the community so I go to the casino and I'm really good at giving back (laughs).

Chudowsky: Favorite game in the casino?

Francona: The only thing I do there is play blackjack. If I was with a bunch of buddies in Vegas or something, I might roll the dice. But when I'm by myself, or with Barney or somebody, I just go sit and play blackjack for an hour. It's really relaxing, and like I said, I'm really good at giving back to the community.

Chudowsky: That's fantastic! If you could rule the world what is the first change you would make?

Francona: Three-batter minimum. We're not doing it! Then we'll have world peace or whatever comes that's a distant second (laughs).

Chudowsky: I think on that note we end, that was a fantastic!  Tito you’re off the clock.

Francona: Thanks, Dave.

More from "Beyond the Dugout:

Indians broadcaster Rick Manning talks about the special autographed baseball he kept from his career

Indians shortstop Francisco Lindor reveals why he loves 'Duck Dynasty' and what song he always sings in the shower