Per MLB.com’s Jordan Bastian, Indians manager Terry Francona found himself unable to sleep after the Indians won Game 4 of the World Series to take a 3-1 lead over the Cubs. So, Francona decided to call up room service at 3:30 AM and ordered $44 worth of ice cream.
Knowing how pricey room service is, $44 likely got Francona just one bowl.
As someone who suffers from chronic insomnia, I can relate to Francona’s situation. You reach a point where you know you won’t get back to sleep — or if you do you’ll have so little sleep — that you decide you may as well have fun staying up rather than fruitlessly tossing and turning. Hence the ice cream.
On less than a full night of sleep, Francona is currently trying to manage his Indians to their first championship since 1948.
Roger Clemens will be an analyst for ESPN when the defending World Series champion Houston Astros host the Chicago White Sox on opening day.
Clemens made four appearances on last year’s KayRod Cast with Michael Kay and Alex Rodriguez. He will be stepping in on March 30 for David Cone, who will be doing the New York Yankees opener against the San Francisco Giants on YES Network.
“Roger has been sort of a friend of ours for the last year, so to speak, he’s in. He’s been engaged, knowledgeable and really present,” said ESPN Vice President of Production Phil Orlins. “You know, whatever past may be, he’s still tremendously engaged and he really brought that every time he was with us.”
Clemens was a seven-time Cy Young winner but his career after baseball has been tainted by allegations of performance-enhancing drug use. He is a Houston native and pitched for the Astros for three seasons.
Orlins said that with the rules changes and pitch clock, it is important to have a pitcher in the booth with Karl Ravech and Eduardo Perez.
“We don’t feel like we have to have the dynamic of Eduardo with a pitcher, but we certainly think that works. Throw in the added factor of rule changes and it is better to have a batter-pitcher perspective,” Orlins said.
Orlins did not say if this would open the door for future opportunities for Clemens as an ESPN analyst.