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Friday, July 7, 2017

Cleveland Indians

Who knew the Indians play in Gotham?

1.  Yes, I know that these Indians aren't a minor league team, but I needed them to get all the professional teams in Ohio.
2.  This is a great stadium. My experience with MLB stadiums is limited, but this is my favorite so far.
3.  That is one monster huge scoreboard.
4.  The Indians staff and fans were having a blast and the people running things were doing an amazing job ramping everyone up. The monster huge scoreboard was great for this.
5.  There were only 19,000 people present for the game, but it felt like there were many, many more.
6.  "Club Seats" were a rip off. They were good seats, but I feel like I probably could have gotten just as good seats elsewhere without the extra price. The limited access concourse for the club area had carpet so that it was quieter, but it was just as or more slammed than the regular concourse concessions. There was no service at your seat and the only concessionaire who walked through was selling cotton candy. The Cincinnati Reds' "Scout Seats" do this better at a cheaper price.
7.  Other than the fact that I didn't know enough about the stadium to buy the correct seats for myself, this was an all around great experience. It felt a lot like a minor league experience except outsized and increased in fun because of the size of the stadium and crowd. There were local traditions and cheers that everybody knew (the OHIO song was loads of fun) and there were war drums playing throughout most of the game. At first I thought this was over the speakers and then I realized there was actually a guy out in the outfield bleachers playing them.
8. They almost entirely ignored the movies. Then in the 9th they played "Wild Thing" when San Diego subbed out its pitcher.
9. Go now! Just drop all your work and start driving to Cleveland. You won't regret it.

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