Francona gets lost before home opener

Published on NewsOK Modified: April 8, 2013 at 1:42 pm •  Published: April 8, 2013
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CLEVELAND (AP) — Terry Francona has 80 more games to find his way to Progressive Field. His first trip was an adventure.

Call it an unintentional walk.

Cleveland's new manager said he got lost Monday making the two-block walk from his apartment to the ballpark for the Indians' home opener against the New York Yankees.

Francona is living in downtown Cleveland during the season and he plans to ride a small scooter he used during spring training in Arizona for the short commute to the ballpark. However, he decided to hit the streets on foot early in the morning and ended up needing directions to find his new workplace.

"I got lost three times," he said. "Even when I got to the garage two people who work here said, 'Hey, do you know where you're going?' I was like, 'Nope.'"

Fortunately for Francona, an Indians employee picked him up in a golf cart and got him to the stadium.

Boston's manager for eight seasons, Francona was overwhelmed by the assistance he received while encountering a few fans on his maiden voyage.

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