Terry Francona and John Farrell were Major League teammates in addition to coaching together. (Rob Carr/Getty Images)

Terry Francona glad he was present for John Farrell's treatment

DJ Bean
August 18, 2015 - 1:31 pm

Terry Francona considers himself fortunate that the Indians' only trip to Boston this season came when it did. "Sometimes things happen in weird ways," he said. "I feel really grateful for whatever reason that we were here." Francona showed up to Massachusetts General hospital bright and early Tuesday morning, as he and Indians bench coach Brad Mills joined John Farrell for the Red Sox manager'€™s first chemotherapy treatment. Speaking prior to Tuesday night'€™s game against the Red Sox, Francona reflected on his morning, but politely declined to go into detail on Farrell's status. "I don'€™t think I need to be the John Farrell medical update person; I don'€™t think that'€™s fair to him," Francona said. "Millsy and I went over there together, which [for] anybody who knows Millsy, not surprising. "I'€™m glad we went. I'€™m really glad we went over. I think [Indians general manager] Chris Antonetti went over after we left. I'€™d rather let John say what he wants to about his stuff because that'€™s his business, but we went over and spent a lot of time telling stories, most of them probably not true." When asked about Farrell'€™s spirits, Francona said it wouldn'€™t be fair to him to answer the question, though he said he felt being there was '€œprobably good for all of us.'€ "It didn'€™t feel good because of the circumstances, but I didn'€™t really think about it. He'€™s just my friend," Francona said. "I didn'€™t really give it much thought. Millsy was there too, and Millsy'€™s every bit the friend to everybody, and I appreciated Millsy doing that. He didn'€™t have to do that, and I think John was pleased to see him." In addition to being there for Farrell, the Indians being in town this week allows Francona to participate in the Jimmy Fund radio telethon, an event he enjoyed each year as Red Sox manager. "The Jimmy Fund is incredible." he said. "I mean, the people there at Dana Farber and the work that they do and the way they handle it, I'€™ve seen it first hand. It'€™s incredible. When I was in town for those eight years, I always went out and would go on radio for 10 or 15 minutes and make a donation. I'€™m guessing tomorrow, my donation will probably be a little bit more because it probably needs to be."