Terry Francona: 'You want to build your franchise around' Dustin Pedroia

July 23, 2013 - 3:36 pm

Former Red Sox and current Indians manager Terry Francona, in an interview on MLB Network Radio channel on SiriusXM, said that he reached out to Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia when he heard that the 29-year-old was on the cusp of signing a seven-year, $100 million extension with the Sox. '€œI sent him a text earlier. I said, '€˜Congratulations and I said hope you failed the physical,'€™ " Francona laughed. "He'€™s so much of what is good in our game and because I was his manager I got a chance to be around him a lot. He'€™s one of the more special people in my life.  Good for the Red Sox. He'€™s the type of guy you want to build your franchise around and he was rewarded for it. And I guarantee you the day he signs that deal he will play harder, if anything. Again, that'€™s the kind of guy you give money to and you don'€™t even think twice about it.'€