Terry Francona, Indians honor fallen soldiers with wristbands

Francona's son, a marine, helps honor troops on Memorial Day

Alex Hooper
May 28, 2018 - 8:04 pm
Indians Manager Terry Francona displays Memorial Day wristband honoring fallen soldier and former University of Arizona commit Chris Moon.

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Cleveland, OH (92.3 The Fan) – Some things mean more to some than others, but on Memorial Day, the sacrifices of those who lost their lives serving their countrymen means everything.

The world is a small one, and the pains of war make that more evident. It was evident at Progressive Field on Monday.

Several members of the Indians organization were wearing wristbands with the name and information of a few specific soldiers who have died, but also shared something with each of those bearing the names.

The wristbands came from someone special to the Indians family who also served. Manager Terry Francona’s son, Nicholas, served as the commander of a Marine Corps scout-sniper team in Afghanistan.

“My son sent me five of these,” Francona said. “He's been doing something, kind of a pet project of his.”

Josh Tomlin displayed the name of a former New Jersey athlete who had signed with the Indians before leaving for war, while bench coach Brad Mills wore the name of a native of his hometown, Visalia, California.

The elder Francona wore the name of Chris Moon, a former Tuscon-area standout athlete who was committed to play baseball at the University of Arizona, Francona’s alma mater. Moon died at 20 at a military hospital in Germany after stepping on a roadside bomb in Afghanistan while a member of the United States army.

The Indians Manager contacted Moon’s family for consent prior to wearing the band during the Memorial Day game, who quickly obliged.

“They were like, yeah, it's one of the nicest, one of the best things is to get it out there,” he said. “So, I'm obviously really proud of my son, not just for serving, but for caring enough to do this, because it had to take him a lot of time. It was so organized and he kind of put it on a platter for us.”