Terry Francona wasn’t one to walk a lot during his MLB playing days, topping out at a career-high 12 free passes in 1985 while he was with the Montreal Expos.
Now we know why.
Despite living two blocks from Progressive Field, the first-year Cleveland Indians manager got lost — three times, no less — while walking to the team’s home opener Monday against the New York Yankees. Fortunately, a kind soul pointed him in the right direction, or at least got him close enough to the ball park where he could be picked up by a team staffer.
“Even when I got to the garage (attached to the ballpark), people asked me, ‘Do you know where you’re going?’” Francona said, according to the Cleveland Plain Dealer. “I said, ‘Nope.’ Finally, someone was nice enough to drive me the rest of the way in a golf cart. But the people in Cleveland are officially the nicest people I’ve ever met. Everybody I walked past said hello. That was a little different than I was used to.”
Francona managed the Boston Red Sox for eight years before he was let go after the 2011 season. He worked as a TV analyst last year.