#Indians follow a different philosophy; ownership did not want to impede or negatively affect Shapiro’s decision if he wanted to leave.— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) August 31, 2015
When I came here...I came here because of Mark and Chris, because my relationship with them, that's what originally brought me here," Francona said. "Because of that, I guess I wanted a little protection, I don't know if that's the right word, just in case the organization decided to go a different way. I was so close to them, I just believed in them so much that I was pretty adamant. That's probably the only thing I asked for in my contract. I think sometimes guys get country club membership, whatever. I wanted that. Since I've been here, my relationship with them has certainly grown, but also with the other people here, to the point where... I guess my point is I would never use that as leverage and that's not the way, that wasn't the spirit in which it was written, nor would I use it like that.