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Unlike his dominant relief pitchers, Indians manager Terry Francona isn’t so well rested for Game 7 of the World Series. Francona said Wednesday that he woke up in the middle of the night from a nightmare with his glasses covered in peanut butter.

The manager said he was having a nightmare where someone was breaking his ribs. It turned out he was sleeping on his TV remote, which was digging into his ribcage.

“It’s not easy being manager,” Francona said, according to MLB.com. “My bedroom looked like a national disaster last night. I’m going to have to change a few habits when we’re done here.”

One of those habits is grabbing and eating food from his nightstand when he wakes up for a moment in the middle of the night. Hence the peanut butter, which had been the skipper’s dipping sauce for his pretzels before bedtime.

“I go straight home and I hit the bed and everything’s laid out next to me,” Francona said. “And I fell asleep at some point while eating. I wake up sometimes in the middle of the night and I’ll just reach over and grab something. Unfortunately, it’s true.”

Francona also ordered $44 of ice cream from room service at 3:30 a.m. prior to Game 5 in Chicago. Last June, he ate 17 popsicles in one night. Granted they were of the low-calorie variety, but once you hit double figures I believe that ceases to matter.

You can make fun of Tito if you want, but just remember he’s on the brink of ending one of the longest World Series droughts in baseball history for the second time in his managerial career.


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