The first inning of Monday’s Game 3 of the American League Championship Series between the Toronto Blue Jays and Cleveland Indians was a testy one with the Trevor Bauer fiasco. That seemed to wear off on Indians manager Terry Francona.
In the midst of Blue Jays manager John Gibbons’ complaint about Bauer’s bleeding pinky, Francona decided to respond to the TBS cameras in a not-so-subtle way. He flipped off the dugout camera, and we found out this wasn’t the first time he’s done that:
The middle finger to the camera is nothing new for Terry Francona. 8/2015, 10/2015, 10/2016. pic.twitter.com/mTohuIA4yl
— Chris Cotillo (@ChrisCotillo) October 18, 2016
So, Francona apparently has a knack for flipping the bird to TV cameras. Nice work, Terry.
It’s obviously a frustrating situation, but this seems overboard. The TV cameramen are just doing their job. If you want to avoid this, wait to put Bauer on the mound until his pinky isn’t at risk for bleeding. You were going to have to pull him soon enough. Plus, you were leading 2-0 at the time and went on to take a commanding 3-0 lead in the series.
Let’s keep our middle fingers down. Baseball does have a problem with attracting the youth, after all.