Quote to note

"He doesn't just talk the talk. He walks it and he lives it and he believes it. It works. I don't care what people thought of him before. I know how we feel about him here, and that's what's important. I know our guys love him, and I do, too."
-- Francona, on Nick Swisher

Jordan Bastian is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Major League Bastian, and follow him on Twitter @MLBastian. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.