TBtB: Cleveland Indians

 

I visited Progressive Field on the first of a back-to-back with my PNC jaunt. Though obviously overshadowed by its rival to the southeast, the Jake remains a beaut, and perhaps represents the largest improvement from the old park to the new (I guess Cascadia Field, Allegheny Park and China Basin are also contenders).

It once was filled nightly, back when Manny and Albert and Jim Thome were bashing the American League over the head. Attendance has fallen considerably in recent years. Perhaps a name change from the ubiquitous Progressive Insurance company could pump up interest.

In other news, all vestiges of Chief Wahoo will soon be removed from the site. At the risk of offending the BTF site’s chief, wahoo!

Ballpark History

Built: 1994

Capacity:  35,051

Name: Progressive Field (2009-present), Before that, Jacobs Field (1994-2008).

Other ballparks used by club in its current city: Municipal Stadium, 1931-2003; League Park, 1901-1932; 1934-35, periodically after through 1946.

Distinctive Features: 19-foot-high left field wall; raised bullpens, from which an occasional errant throw can screw over David Murphy; Heritage Park beyond centerfield, honoring great players and moments in Tribe history; that damn drummer guy.

Ballpark Highlights:

On June 12, 1995, a capacity crowd of 41,485 watched the first-place Tribe beat the Baltimore Orioles 4-3 to move to 31-11. It was the first of 455 consecutive sellouts, then a major league record.

In the penultimate game of the abbreviated 1995 season, Albert Belle connected on his 50th homer to go along with 52 doubles, a baseball first.

In 2001, a four-run eighth and five-run ninth allowed the Indians to rally from a 12-run deficit, and a Jolbert Cabrera single in the 10th scored Kenny Lofton with the winning run in a 15-14 triumph. The major league record for the largest comeback was completed against the Seattle Mariners, a team that would go on to win a record-tying 116 contests that season.

In Game 2 of the 2007 ALDS, Joba Chamberlain introduced the baseball world to the midge.

In one of the more memorable Game 7s of the past 20 years, the Chicago Cubs won their first World Series in 108 years with an 8-7, 10-inning victory over the Tribe. Cleveland rallied from a four-run deficit to send the game into extras, but a two-run top of the frame could only be halved by the hosts in the bottom. The outcome gave the Tribe the distinction of owning the longest title-free drought.

 

 

 

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