Eric Wedge cut his managerial teeth during seven seasons in Cleveland.
On Friday, he returns to Cleveland as the opponent, bringing the Seattle Mariners in against a team that, two years after Wedge was fired, has the best record in the American League.
Wedge prefers to have his players be the center of attention, but for this one night, at least, he will be the man in the spotlight.
And he's resigned to that -- sort of.
"Obviously, I was there for a long time," Wedge said before Thursday's series final in Baltimore, which the Mariners lost 2-1 in 12 innings. "I'll see, I'm sure, quite a few familiar faces, and friendly faces. I really haven't given it a great deal of thought yet. I'm sure (Friday) I will."
The Indians fired Wedge at the end of the 2009 season, but he said he's maintained good relations with Cleveland's Mark Shapiro, who was the general manager when Wedge was around and who is now the club president.
"I've got a great relationship with all those guys over there, especially Mark Shapiro," said Wedge, who took the Indians into the 2007 American League Championship Series. "Mark and Chris (Antonetti, the former assistant GM who has moved into Shapiro's old job) were very, very good to me. We were always above board with each other over there. I think that's why even to this day we have a very good relationship."
Oh, yeah -- Wedge's return is on Friday the 13th.
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