USS ABRAHAM LINCOLN, At Sea (NNS) -- The manager for the Boston Red Sox made a special phone call to deployed Sailors aboard USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) in the Arabian Sea Dec. 21.
Terry Francona called to thank Sailors for their service and let them know people back home were thinking about them while they were at sea.
"I want to wish you guys the best during the holiday season," said Francona. "We appreciate your service. My son is a Marine, he'll be heading to the Middle East in about three months; I just wanted to tell you how much we appreciate what you do for us, and I appreciate your interest in the Red Sox. It's kind of fun to talk about baseball in December."
Fourteen Sailors enjoyed having a conversation with Francona. The Red Sox fans who participated in the phone call hail from as far away as Texas and even included two New Yorkers; however, most of the Sailors were natives of the New England area.
"It was awesome to actually have a little one-on-one talk with the man who runs the show for your favorite sports team," said Information Systems Technician Seaman Apprentice Michael J. Cappadonna, a native of Midland, Texas.
The phone call gave Sailors a brief pause from their normal routine of supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.
"Being a big baseball fan and being away from home, talking to Mr. Francona broke the monotony of cruise - being able to talk baseball for a bit and have that little bit of home you don't normally get a lot of out here," said Aviation Electronics Technician 2nd Class Clayton Ladd, a Watertown, N.Y., native who is assigned to Strike Fighter Squadron 137.
Francona has won two World Series Championships during his seven years as manger for the Boston Red Sox.
"Thanks for everything you do," said Francona. "I really enjoyed getting a chance to visit with you. Merry Christmas, and stay safe."
The Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group is deployed in the U.S. 5th Fleet Area of Responsibility conducting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts to establish conditions for regional stability.
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