Terry Francona lives about two blocks from Progressive Field. He made the walk for the first time Monday morning at about 8 to get ready for the home opener against the Yankees.

"I got lost three times," said Francona with a laugh. "Even when I got to the garage
(attached to the ballpark), people asked me, 'Do you know where you're going?' 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 did not ride his scooter because it was at the ballpark after making the trip from Goodyear, Ariz., to Cleveland in one of the team's equipment truck.