As I'm sure you already know, Terry Francona was named American League Manager of the Year Tuesday night, in something of a surprise. Like most successful managers, Francona is very well-liked by his players, and in the social media age we live in, that meant many in the Indians organization took to Twitter to offer their congratulations.
The team's official account was on the ball, first to the scene:
Cleveland Indians (@Indians) November 12, 2013 abc
...followed immediately by the team's President.
Way to go Tito! Well deserved.— Mark Shapiro (@MarkShapiro) November 12, 2013
It should come as no surprise who the first player to offer congratulations was:
Congratulations to Terry Francona! What a great honor to play for such a great leader, coach, and individual! Very well deserved!— Yan Gomes (@Yan_AGomes) November 12, 2013
Gomes is so dependable, not only did he have something kind to say, his home country did too:
Fiquei ligeiramente surpreso com a escolha do Francona, mas foi merecidíssimo.— MLB Brasil (@MLBBrasil) November 12, 2013
At least I think those are kind words (my Portugese is weak).
Cleveland's favorite bro was on the scene:
Nick Swisher (@NickSwisher) November 13, 2013
There are far too few ALL CAPS words in that tweet. Nick wasn't enjoying the moment alone:
JoAnna wasn't the only player's wife to express support:
Congrats to Tito! The @Indians are proud!— Meredith Chisenhall (@merechisenhall) November 13, 2013
This next one belongs to a man who deserves recognition of his own:
Some of the young guys were wise enough to kiss the ring:
Jose Ramirez (@MrLapara) November 13, 2013
While more established players can afford to worry about college basketball instead:
Ready for the Champions Classic!! http://t.co/iWv3tbUfju— Jason Kipnis (@TheJK_Kid) November 13, 2013
Kipnis' pal Vinnie Pestano wasn't too busy to send his best:
Congrats to Tito on AL Manager of the Year. He was the first domino to fall last off season and was the key to our success #Tribevstheworld— Vinnie Pestano (@VinnieP52) November 13, 2013
...and Corey Kluber took time off from his offseason obligations to his Society to chime in:
Congrats to Tito on AL Manager of the Year Award. He deserves it. It's a privilege to go to work with him every day.— Corey Kluber (@CKluber) November 13, 2013
Lest anyone think Kipnis was merely sitting on his couch watching the game... No, no, he was there, and with darn-good seats:
Steve Johnson (@Steve_Johnson4) November 13, 2013
Editor's note: Kipnis did retweet the team's congratulatory message and, like many players, probably reached out more personally to Francona, to offer his own congratulations. I thought his tweeting about basketball while all the rest of this was going on was funny, but it is not meant to mean he doesn't care, isn't a good teammate or anything like that. I love Kipnis.
It took some time, but the team's rookie ace-in-training finally got word of the honor as well:
Congrats to Terry Francona, for being named LA Manager of the YEAR, you deserve it tito @indiansinsider— Danny Salazar (@DannySalazar67) November 14, 2013
In case anyone is still on the fence about whether or not Francona deserved this honor, let's take a minute to remember what a mess this team was last year, before he arrived. Then let's take another minute to remember how it was that Francona inspired these players to the success they found in 2013:
That's a man who knows how to lead!
Congratulations, Tito, from all of us at Let's Go Tribe.