Terry Francona has spent some time away from baseball, but that’s no excuse for forgetting where your home ballpark is. Granted, Francona is in his first year as manager for the Cleveland Indians but he had his own personal Spinal Tap moment on his way to his new team’s home opener against the New York Yankees on Monday afternoon.
“I got lost three times,” Francona laughed upon arriving to Progressive Field Monday afternoon. “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.’”
Francona said he got turned around during his two-block walk from his downtown apartment to the Indians ballpark. The Cleveland skipper laughed off the incident, saying he’s never had a good sense of direction and that he was lucky someone finally found him and drove him to the stadium in a golf cart.
“I like being close to the ballpark, always have,” he said. “If I had my druthers on the road, I would rather stay in a motel next to the ballpark than have to drive a half-hour.”
Hopefully, at least for Indians fans, Francona has a sense of direction in the American League Central standings. The Tribe are currently sitting at .500 after their first six games of the new era of the ballclub, and are looking to get a boost from a solid series against the Yankees, a team Francona is all too familiar with.
But for now, Francona’s little story is like something straight out of Major League, only Indians fans are hoping their 2013 season ends on a higher not than the film did.