As they walked about, a knot of sportswriters and cameramen followed. Lane was nodding, agreeing, suggesting, approving, pausing to inspect this cage or that one, posing for the photographers, talking, listening, greeting people, telling stories.
Later, after practice, Lane stood outside the small stadium and talked about Bragan and the Indians. He said he expected to make more trades before the season began and that they could have considerable effect on the team's chances. But he said that while he'd be disappointed if the team, as it stood at the moment, did not finish in the first division, he did not think he could reasonably expect it to finish any higher than third.
A reporter asked him about the possibility of differences coming up between himself and Bragan. Lane did not hire Bragan.
"No," Frank said, "I didn't hire Bragan. Hank Greenberg did. But I would have if I'd come in when they were looking for a manager. No question about it, I would have hired Bobby. Hank asked me my opinion of him. I told Hank he couldn't go wrong hiring Bobby. A manager has to have class on the field and off. And Bobby has it.
"People are always asking Bobby what he's going to do if I start criticizing him publicly. Well, I resent them asking him that question. I don't think it's right. I'll criticize Bobby if I think he's wrong. A general manager is responsible for his manager. If he makes a mistake and I don't like it, I'm going to sound off. After all, he's my man. If he goes wrong, I go wrong. What should I do if he makes a mistake? Pretend that it's all right? The writers wouldn't believe me, and neither would the fans.
"As a general manager I'm doing everything I can to help the manager, because I'm selfish. I want him to win for my own sake. People don't understand that. There was a young lady who interviewed me on a broadcast right after I had left the Cardinals to come to the Indians. ' Mr. Lane,' she said, 'how can you be gung ho for the Cardinals on Saturday, and then turn around and be gung ho for the Indians on Monday?' I said, 'Because the Cardinals' seating capacity is 29,000 and the Indians' seating capacity is 80,000.' After the show she said to me, ' Mr. Lane, I don't think you understood what I meant.' I said, 'I understood what you meant. I don't think you understood what I meant. This is my business. I'm a professional.' "