You’ll have to forgive Terry Francona if he didn’t jump for joy on Tuesday at being named the American League’s Manager of the Year for the second time in the last four years.

The Tribe skipper recently underwent hip replacement surgery.  “It feels like someone put his hands inside of my hip,” Francona joked with the media during conference call following the award announcement.  “I’ve had both knees done (replaced) and now my right hip. If I get my left hip I’ll be fully bionic.”

But in typical Tito fashion, he wanted to deflect the attention from him to the rest of the Indians organization when asked for his reaction to winning Manager of the Year.

“This gives me the opportunity to brag.  Brag about our players, our coaches, and the entire organization. My reward is that I get to watch these guys play every day.  I want THEM to win the awards.”

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