Tim had gotten us tickets to the Cleveland Indians game on the evening of June 11. I had only been to Jacobs Field once before -- in 1994. I guess it's called "Progressive Field" now. Whatever. We drove through some rain on our way to Cleveland, but it stopped by the time we got there.
Walking to the game. M poses in front of the Bob Feller statue. M's Granddad went to many Indians games as a boy and was a big fan of Bob Feller... had even met him and had a book and a baseball with Feller's autograph. Bob Feller memorial - they don't make 'em like that anymore.
The Indians aren't having much of a season this year. They've made the playoffs several times in recent years -- and even played in the World Series in 1995 and 1997 -- but this year's team is more along the lines of the Indians from "Major League." They have the American League's worst record, and in all of baseball, only the Nationals are worse.
On the plus side, Tim had scored the best seats I've ever had at ANY major league game... for around 35 bucks apiece. These would be $200 seats at a Rangers game. I guess a battle for last place (vs. the Royals) isn't much of a draw on a week night. Oh well, even with temps in the 50s and occasional drizzle, it was just nice to be at a game in some great seats.
Check out the view from our seats! Tim, K, and M. Good times!
It wasn't Bob Feller, but we did get to see a great pitching performance from Kerry Wood, who pitched a perfect 9th -- including two strikeouts.
Kerry Wood throws some heat in the 9th inning. Four dudes at the game.
The game went to extra innings (tied 3-3 after the 9th), and we stuck around to see the Indians pull off a win in the 10th -- in unlikely fashion. With two runners on base, Shin-Soo Choo singled up the middle. The ball impacted a bird, which altered its trajectory and allowed Mark DeRosa to score from 2nd.
Check out the links below for a video of the game's end (1:11) and a Sports Illustrated recap. http://indians.fandome.com/video/113082/Game-Winning-Hit-Nails-Seagull-Indians-Win/
The end result was one of the more unusual finishes I've seen at a game. As Kansas City center fielder Coco Crisp said, "You never know what the heck is going to happen." Indeed. Glad we were there!
Coming next: we enjoy a family brunch, and then follow CSX's former B&O line west toward Chicago.
np: Jesus & Mary Chain - "Kill Surf City"
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