It is the day and game at hand the consumes him.
So before the Indians beat the White Sox, 4-0, Monday night at Guaranteed Rate Field, he was asked in so many words if he feels that his team is comfortably in charge of the AL Central.
If Francona's bald head wasn't tanned a deep brown, it may have turned red from the blood rushing to it. Comfortably in charge of a division on June 11? No manager, especially, Francona, would ever say such a thing.
Some might not even think it for fear of angering the baseball gods.
Yes, the Indians entered the game with the the biggest lead of any division leader at five games. Yes, the division is filled with rebuilding teams that are playing poorly. But no one owns a division on June 11.
"We are not ready to set our postseason roster yet, if you get my point," Francona said. "We're only four or five games over .500. We are not where we want to be.
"We're fortunate no one in our division has run away with it. We need to do what we always do: Show up and play today."
That's what they did Monday night in winning for the 11th time in the last 15 games. Carlos Carrasco (8-4, 3.90) pitched seven scoreless innings. Yan Gomes doubled home two runs for a 3-0 lead in the fourth against Lucas Giolito (4-7, 7.09). On Sunday, Gomes hit a two-run homer in a 9-2 win over Detroit.
Two-run hits are good no matter how far they travel.
Lonnie Chisenhall collected three hits for the second straight game. Chisenhall is 6-for-8 in his last two games.
Michael Brantley made it a 4-0 game with homer down the right field line in the fifth. It was Brantley's 11th homer in his 54th game this season. Last year he hit nine in 90 games.
Carrasco is 4-0 with a 0.99 ERA in the last two years against the White Sox. In his last two starts for the season, he's allowed one run in 14 innings with 21 strikeouts.
Giolito, 0-2 against the Indians this season, held them scoreless through three innings. But he ran into two-out trouble in the fourth when he walked Yonder Alonso after retiring the first two batters.
Then he walked Melky Cabrera before Chisenhall blooped a single into center field for a 1-0 lead. Gomes followed with a rocket into the left field corner to make it 3-0.
Carrasco, Zach McAllister, Oliver Perez and Neil Ramirez completed the two-hitter. Carrasco allowed his only hits in the second on singles by Kevan Smith and Charlie Tilson.
What does it mean
The Indians have won 10 of their last 11 games against the White Sox. They are 4-0 against them this year.
Giolito threw 93 pitches, 46 (49 percent) for strikes. Carrasco threw 108 pitches, 74 (69 percent) for strikes.
Thanks for coming
The Indians and White Sox drew 13,125 fans to Guaranteed Rate Field on Monday night. First pitch was at 8:10 with a temperature of 65 degrees.
Adam Plutko (3-0, 3.93), just promoted from Class AAA Columbus, will face the White Sox and Dylan Covey (2-1, 2.22) at 8:15 p.m. today. SportsTime Ohio and WLKR 95.3-FM will carry the game.
Plutko is 1-0 against the White Sox this season, doing a five-and-fly against them on May 28 in a 9-6 win. Covey started the game and went 4 1/3 innings in a no decision.