CHICAGO (AP) — How does a manager unwind after a World Series game? Here’s the scoop.
Cleveland’s Terry Francona loaded up on ice cream. Chicago’s Joe Maddon? He had a pizza party with his 83-year-old mom Albina until 2 a.m.
The Indians had won Game 4 Saturday night to go up 3-1 and close in on their first championship since 1948. Francona couldn’t sleep. So he ordered some ice cream — $44 worth — from hotel room service.
“I had two orders of chocolate and two orders of vanilla with chocolate sauce, and then to kind of keep it healthy, I ordered the berries,” he told reporters at Wrigley Field. “And, a Diet Coke.”
Francona said he had to dig deep to finish the early morning treat.
“I got down to the point where I had two scoops left,” he said. “And I said, ‘I can do this.'”
So, what did room service say when he placed such a large order?
“How many people?” he said.
As for Maddon, the pizza party with his mom lasted until 2 a.m. And her main topic of conversation?
“I guess all she could talk about with my sister is the car ride from the airport with the cops,” Maddon said. “That’s all she’s talking about right now.”
Maddon said his mom had to be up at 4 a.m. for her return flight to Pennsylvania. He did not say if she needed a police escort to Chicago O’Hare International Airport, after getting one to Game 3 at Wrigley Field.
Albina Maddon planned to travel from her home south of Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, to attend Game 3 on Friday night. A fire aboard American Airlines Flight 383 from Chicago to Miami caused extensive delays.
Maddon’s mom had driven two hours to Philadelphia International Airport, and her delayed flight didn’t leave until about 90 minutes before game time. Maddon spoke with Cubs traveling secretary Vijay Tekchandani, and they contacted the police.