Hello Cleveland: Old friends return

The Guru
Contributing Writer

As the Red Sox return home to host the Cleveland Indians for a four game series at Fenway Park, more than a few old friends return as well.

The Indians roster features a number of familiar names that spent time with the Sox including Massachusetts native Rich Hill (2010-12), "the friendly" Mike Aviles (2011-12), reliever Matt Albers (2011-12), 2006 Red Sox draft pick Justin Masterson (2008-09), bullpen coach Kevin Cash (2007-08,2010), third base coach Brad Mills (2004-09), and of course, the manager, Terry Francona who guided the Sox from 2004-11 winning two World Series titles.

Speaking to reporters before Wednesday nights game against Detroit, Francona talked about his return to Boston,
"I'm sure I'll have a lot of emotions. The one thing I want to remind myself -- and I have -- is that this game is tough enough to play and I don't want our guys having extra baggage during that series. I need to be very cognizant of that, that whatever feelings I'm having, I'll deal with 'em."

Francona said he hasn't considered what kind of reaction he may get from Red Sox fans, who let him have it (in a good way) when he took part in Fenway's 100th anniversary celebration last year.
"I don't really think about stuff like that. I never really spent much time. Just not part of what I'm hopefully about."

Lately Francona and the Indians have been about winning. Cleveland is 26-19 and lead the AL Central.

Questions and comments below. Follow The Guru on Twitter @TheGuruGS
More musings from The Guru.