Indians’ Terry Francona blames middle finger on ‘nervous habit’

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The Indians manager said Tuesday he didn’t intentionally throw up his middle finger for the camera.

Indians’ Terry Francona blames middle finger on ‘nervous habit’

The Indians manager said Tuesday he didn’t intentionally throw up his middle finger for the camera.

Those watching the live broadcast of Monday’s Game 3 of the ALCS were treated to a bevy of finger-related storylines.

First, we have Trevor Bauer’s pinky gushing blood. Secondly, there’s Terry Francona’s one-finger salute to the camera in the dugout.

The Indians manager said Tuesday he didn’t intentionally throw up his middle finger for the camera.

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"God, I was so embarrassed when I heard that or when somebody asked me that after the game," Francona said on ESPN's Mike & Mike. "I think I have a nervous habit of kind of picking my face a little bit.

"I would never do that [intentionally], my goodness, I mean maybe in the clubhouse, but not out there.”

Francona has a point. It appears he uses that particular digit to scratch his face often. Maybe it's only by coincidence the gesture has been caught on camera several times.

Francona was likely more amicable after the Indians won Monday’s game to take a 3-0 series lead. 

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