Opening 25-year-old baseball cards with Indians manager Terry Francona

Big League Stew

Cleveland Indians manager Terry Francona is one of baseball’s best characters these days. He’s funny, personable and a great storyteller. So, of course, we had to get him for 25-Year-Old Baseball Cards.

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In this week’s episode, Tito and I pop open some 1992 Topps and find many interesting players, including Barry Bonds, Deion Sanders and Kenny Lofton. Francona had something to say about almost everyone, which isn’t all that surprising if you’ve ever heard him talk. His Curt Schilling-Deion Sanders story was a real gem.

Terry Francona opening 25-year-old baseball cards. (Yahoo Sports)
Terry Francona opening 25-year-old baseball cards. (Yahoo Sports)

When Francona and I got the point of making a trade, though, that’s where things got tough for me. Of course, I wanted to get his Barry Bonds card. Watch ’til the end to see if I was able to work a deal or if Francona can maneuver a baseball-card trade like he can a postseason bullpen.

If you’re new to this series (and if you are, hi) we open baseball cards from 1992 with various baseball folks, then reminisce about old players and share stories. It all started because my grandma saved boxes of unopened cards for me, thinking they’d be worth a ton of money in the future. They aren’t, of course. So we do this instead and it’s a lot of fun. If you like it, check out some of our previous episodes below.

• Kyle Hendricks
Eric Davis
Joe Maddon
Todd Coffey
Cliff Floyd
• Clint Hurdle
Dan Plesac
Dusty Baker
Bruce Bochy
Aaron Boone
• Clayton Kershaw
Buck Showalter
Frank Thomas
• Alex Rodriguez
• Scott Boras
• Bobby Bonilla
• Joel McHale
• Adam Eaton
• Rajai Davis
• Brad Ziegler and Tyler Clippard
• Ken Kendrick
• Jeff Passan

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