Just when you thought the Peas was just a Pittsburgh deal…
A beautiful Saturday afternoon, but just one thing was missing. A baseball game. While the roomates along with a group of West Virginia buds and myself played wiffle ball all day Friday, something just didn’t seem right. Since the Pirates weren’t in town, a three hour trek to the Buckeye State took place.
It was a beautiful night in C-Land as we entered the outfield gates. Its much more spacious and alive than the outfield at PNC Park. The opening out to the wide green grass of the field is nearly breathtaking, at the very least its a cool site. The most unique thing was the photographer that approached us and asked for a group photo. It was like we were in Disney World in front of Cinderella Castle as he handed me a slip with instructions on how to purchase the cherished photo online. (Editors note: we did not purchase the $17 dollar keepsake.)
Sort of a knock off of Monument Park in Yankee Stadium, its an Indians version of their own storied history. Two platforms of plaques honor the heritage of the Tribe and the history of Cleveland’s greatest baseball players. If Pittsburgh had something like this I could live there. Its a great way to honor the franchise and fans of all ages love it.
“Its very bad to steal Jabu’s rum! Its very bad.”
A classic movie and a classic character. Pedro Cerrano was Clevelands Dominican slugger in the movie “Major League” A must see for baseball fans everywhere and my favorite part of the Cleveland Indians.
To honor another dynamic character from Major League the organization is giving out a “Wild Thing” Rick Vaughn bobblehead towards the end of the year. Fans are lining up for tickets already.
For the 23,167 in attendance the game was a downer as the Tribe were pounded by the Twins 7-1. No offensive production is bound to kill you, just as it did for the Tribe last night. The pitching of Twins starter Kevin Slowey was brilliant as he went 8 innings only giving up 4 hits and one earned run. Every fan in attedance recieved a Kerry Wood bobblehead upon entrance to the park, so that kept everyone somewhat cherry. The atmosphere and fan enthusiasm was very similair to PNC Park. The cheering level is the same, the attentiveness is the same and the people actually with butts in the seats are the same. The Tribe do have one thing going for them and thats the elite player. Its been Jason Bay for the Pirates in the last few years and now that hes gone its hard for the fan base to pick one player as THEIR guy. Its no secret who THAT guy is for Cleveland.
I have a feeling that Melissa (the Clemson Girl) will be looking at this photo all night. Grady recieved the most cheers out of any other players. He is the shining star out in centerfield and the shining star in the hearts of teenage girls across the state of Ohio. His eyes may have been scalded by the limelight as he went hitless Saturday night. That scoreboad pic stayed the same the entire night at everyone of his at-bats. Another difference between the Prog and PNC, the variations in the scoreboard pics makes PNC Park unique and keeps the fans innovated. Although,
nobody no girl can complain at looking at that sheepish grin.
Although the Tribe fell on Saturday, Cleveland fans have at least one thing going for them.
They citizens of Cleveland are indeed witnesses. Lebron James is the spectacle of the city. Sorry Grady, Lebron is king of this town. Just look at that gargantuan billboard. Fans from far and wide will tell you Lebron is the resurgance of the city of C-Land.
With the Cavs on the run they are on look out Lakers, Cleveland very well could have quite the easy path to the NBA Finals.
While here I am thinking Lebron will be the most peculiar thing I see around the stadium, I stand corrected by the Walgreens Foul Pole. Walgreens? On a Foul Paul? Odd in my book but without a doubt a good advertising spot. I can’t wait to see a ball flirting with the line but the quickly marked fould becuse of W intereferrence.
Although the city of Cleveland is starving for a relevant sports championship it is still a great sports city. I do not support any on their sports teams. As a Steeler fan it is my duty to dissrespect the Browns. I kinda lose respect for the Indians because of the Steeler fans who aren’t Pirates fans. (Hello, there is a baseball team in the city of Pittsburgh) and by default I don’t really like the Cavaliers. Lebron’s cool and all but I might as well follow suit by not liking any Cleveland professional teams. SInce WVU alum Joe Alexander was drafted by the Milwaukee Bucks, I’ve been a fan of that team. Its also another excuse to cheer “Lets Go Buc(k)s!”
The Indians give the city something to cheer about where the other teams have failed to do so. (With the exception of Lebron). The recent success in the past 10+ years gives the city great pride.
The Indians will hope to rebound after quite the dismal start. After avoiding the Minnesota sweep on Sunday they’re on the right track. Just hope they have these dates circled….
Cause I surely do. Can’t wait to welcome the Tribe to PNC Park for an always thrilling intereleague matchup.