Terry Francona is human. Humans get nervous. Some humans choose to deal with their nerves in spectacular ways.
Francona had trouble sleeping last night, so at 3:30 am he called room service and ordered $44 worth of ice cream.— Jordan Bastian (@MLBastian) October 30, 2016
How much, exactly, is $44 worth when it comes to ice cream? We’re talking about Chicago hotel room service prices, so there is a little bit of inflation involved. However, let’s consider some of the more popular chains to get an idea.
A “gotta have it” sized ice cream from Cold Stone is approximately 12 ounces. According to Google, it currently goes for $5.75. At Cold Stone, Francona could have eaten 91.2 ounces of ice cream for $44, or 5.7 pounds.
Had Tito decided to go for yogurt, he might have gotten a little less bang for his buck. My research suggests that TCBY currently charges about $0.50 per ounce, which would have put 88 ounces of frozen delight into Tito’s mouth.
What about pizza? Chicago is famous for its deep dish pies. As a local resident, I feel that Lou Malnati’s is not only the best but also a fair representative of the style (don’t @ me). I just ordered a pizza from Lou’s, and Tito could have gotten two large deep-dish pizzas delivered for $44.
If he’d decided that it was time for another binge on Popsicles, Tito might have had the best time of all. A case of 20 popsicles costs $3.92 at Wal-Mart, meaning Francona could have gorged on about 224 popsicles for $44.
No matter how you look at it, $44 is going to buy you a pretty good time in the middle of the night if you can’t sleep.