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Friday, August 4, 2017

Terry Francona and His Dad Just Launched Their Own Marinara Sauce

Posted By on Fri, Aug 4, 2017 at 1:57 PM

click to enlarge PHOTO VIA BOB BARLOW
  • Photo via Bob Barlow
Cleveland Indians' manager Terry Francona and his father have launched their own line of marinara sauce. The new blend, out this week, is called, Tito & Son Pasta Sauce. Tito Sr. played for the Indians from 1959 to 1964.

The sauce was produced with the help of Barnstorm Marketing and RBA Sports. Bob Barlow, the owner of RBA Sports, said in an email that he "developed the concept to 'thank' Terry Francona for bringing great baseball to Cleveland."

In the past, Barlow created a salsa named for former Tribe shortstop Omar Vizquel.

"[Omar's] fans wanted to show their gratitude for his outstanding baseball skills," Barlow wrote. "So they supported his Salsa for three years until he was traded."

Seeing how fans came out to thank Vizquel for being a great player by buying his salsa, Barlow knew "Terry Francona had the same quality for fine baseball play" and knew baseball fans would want to thank him as well.

Tito & Son Pasta Sauce is a recipe "made by Terry's Mom that he enjoyed growing up," according to Barlow.

The sauce can be bought online — the website is aptly named: — and also purchased from grocery stores like Marc's, Gallucci's, Acme Fresh Markets, and Lake Road Market in Rocky River. Like it says on the jar, "a portion of the proceeds will benefit Cleveland Indians Charities."

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