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Terry Francona has priceless reaction to Brad Mills prank during All-Star game

Nick Neville
July 14, 2017 - 11:52 am

In an effort to make the MLB All-Star game more fun, Alex Rodriguez roamed the field between innings, Nelson Cruz snapped a photo with home plate umpire Joe West, and Bryce Harper talked Dak Prescott's potential with Joe Buck on the broadcast.

It appears that Kevin Cash was in on the fun too, as the Rays manager placed a wad of gum on AL All-Star manager Brad Mills' head during an interview. Terry Francona, the Indians manager who sat out the game due to a recent heart procedure, got a kick out of the antics.

During the All-Star Game, cameras caught Brad Mills with a wad of gum atop his hat. Kevin Cash was behind it. Here's Tito's reaction... pic.twitter.com/Fkg7OLcTIx

— Jordan Bastian (@MLBastian) July 14, 2017

Mills and Francona have a storied history, as Red Sox fans will remember him as Francona's bench coach during his Boston tenure from 2004-2009. Mills was also on Francona's staff in Philadelphia from 1997-2000, and the two were teammates at the University of Arizona.

Thus, it was unsurprising that Mills made sure Francona's presence was felt in the clubhouse on Tuesday night. Mills produced a cardboard cutout of a buff, shirtless Francona, and the players applauded the gesture.

Francona rejoined the Indians, who have the third-best record in the AL, in Oakland and told the AP that he is feeling better. The 58-year-old smiled when asked if it felt good to be returning as skipper.

"Yeah, heck yeah," Francona said. "Probably a little more excited than everybody else here. I have a feeling I probably missed them more than they missed me."