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Terry Francona admits to suffering bathroom mishap during game

Cleveland Indians manager Terry Francona was in a pretty precarious position during Tuesday’s tilt against the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field when he found himself relieving himself in the bathroom when he heard that center fielder Michael Bourn was being ejected from the game.

In fact, Francona freely admitted he suffered a bit of a bathroom mishap as the need to take care of bodily function interfered with his ability to race back to the field.

The crazy situation arose during the 4th inning of Cleveland’s 6-0 victory. After the Indians were retired in the top of the 4th, Francona attempted to utilize the between-innings break to take care of a little business in the clubhouse. But as Bourn took the field for the bottom-half of the inning, he stopped to have a discussion with home-plate umpire Phil Cuzzi.

Bourn apparently was arguing balls and strikes called during his last at-bat that resulted in a strikeout and the team’s second out of the inning. Cuzzi then gave Bourn the old heave-ho. Let’s allow the Indians skipper to explain it from here in his own words.

“I don’t know man. I was trying to go to the bathroom,” Francona said after the game, per a tweet from MLB.com Indians reporter Jordan Bastian. “I can’t even do that in peace. I heard the guys yelling and started trying to get myself in order. All I did was really kind of pee on myself. And it was too late to help out Bourny anyway.”

So there you have it. Francona readily admitted he had suffered a hurried and unfortunate restroom accident in order to race out and support an ejected player. And sadly, it was all for naught. Talk about being candid … perhaps even a bit too much. But Francona cannot be faulted for his honesty, that’s for sure.

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