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Mar 11 2007

Francona Quit Chewing Tobacco for 20K

Terry FranconaTerry Francona (left), Boston Red Sox Manager, has bet Red Sox President Larry Lucchino $20,000 that he will quit chewing tobacco for the entire baseball season.

If Terry wins, Lucchino will donate $20,000 to the Jimmy Fund for the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston. however, if he fails, Terry will donate $20,000 to a charity to be named later. Terry is afraid of the Cancer risk so he wants to quit but it will be very hard for him. It will be harder IF we lose to the Yankees. We will see how everything works out for him throughout the season.

In an article from the Red Sox

From what I understand, quitting smokeless tobacco can be harder than cigarettes — especially for ballplayers and managers who are used to having a big wad of chew in their mouths for a few hours every night during the game. But the threat of cancer is very real, and when it hits, it hits hard, often disfiguring the face. So here’s to Francona winning this one.

Ironically, the news of the wager was tacked onto the bottom of an article about Jon Lester, who’s returning this spring after being diagnosed with anaplastic large cell lymphoma last August. After being treated all winter, Lester’s cancer is fortunately in remission. He may need a few extra weeks in spring training after the season starts to build up his endurance, but he’s already regained enough weight to be back to where he was before the diagnosis.

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