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Yan Gomes caught a popup that nearly hit Terry Francona, and Tito's reaction was priceless

In the fifth inning of the Indians' 9-3 win over the White Sox on Friday night, Chicago's Matt Davidson lofted a foul ball toward the first-base dugout, which at Guaranteed Rate Field happens to belong to the visiting team.
Catcher Yan Gomes ranged over toward the netting in pursuit of the ball, and caught it -- but in doing so, he saved Cleveland manager Terry Francona from potentially getting hit by the ball ... as Francona failed to really move out of the way. 

After the game, Francona offered up some trademark wit and self-deprecation when asked by's Jordan Bastian about being in harm's way: 
"Did you see that athleticism on display? Even Bill Welke, the umpire, was laughing. He goes, 'What were you doing?' I kind of got stuck. I couldn't go anywhere and I think I still managed to pull a hammy. It hurts. Gomer saved me. I was glad for the out, but I was more glad it didn't hit me in the head."
Classic Tito.