Progressive Field, Cleveland, Ohio
I first went to the stadium in the morning to get a ticket for the game and took a quick walk around the stadium. This is a Bob feller statue that is outside the C gate which is in left center field. It is also the early gate for batting practice.
Down Rally Alley which is outside the stadium on the third base side they have banners of their hall of Famers. The early ticket window is located by gate A and I got my ticket. One thing that I did not like is they have flex pricing like many stadiums so the digital sign said one price and then at the ticket window the price was different and when I asked the attendant just said well they just did not change the prices for todays game yet. I don’t like flex pricing in the first place but not to have the correct prices up is kind of stupid and deceiving.
After getting my tickets I did a little urban hiking and took some photos.
One of the first places I saw was the Rock n’ Roll Hall of Fame I did not go on the tour but I did go in. I am planning on going after I finish this post today! By the Rn’R HOF I also saw the stadium where the Browns play.
After that I walked around the city and took some photos. Lebron was a big theme around the city, as seen in this photo.
While walking I took some street photos and photos of Monuments and Building in the city. I would post more but this post would be a lot bigger then it already is! But Cleveland has a lot of history and some really cool buildings. I also took a walk threw the cemetery directly across the street from Progressive field which had a lot of very old graves going back 120 years.
After walking around I headed back to the hotel before heading back out for the game.
Then I got to the gate a little after 4 for the 4:30 gate. here is a look during Batting Practice. I did well this BP and got 2 baseballs the first was a catch from the Indians the first that was hit out for the day. To pat myself on the back it was a pretty good catch that I ran down an aisle and caught it about a section over from where I was standing.
Indians player taking swings in the cage.
Around the upper deck they have murals for their Hall of Famers, The one show is for Rocky Colavito. They also have Bob Feller, Larry Doby and Early Wynn.
They also had these “banners” up with all the team accomplishments in their history. Including last years A.L. wild card.
during BP I also got a second ball from the Mariners it was just a pick up but a second ball. It I the first time I have gotten 2 ball in one MLB stadium on the road. I have gotten 2 at other stadiums but not in the same game.
They have plaques of Hall of Famers and other players that played for them through out their history.
Here are a sample of the plaques these are satchel Paige’s and Bob Fellers.
They also had plaques for more recent players from the 1980’s till 2000’s
I then took a walk around the stadium. I headed up to the upper deck and got this photos.
I then headed down to the Mariners side of the field for autographs. I was trying to get a Robinson Cano locker plate signed but was not successful on 1 player and 1 coach signed.
Zach Mcalister started for the Indians. He allowed 1 hit to the Mariners Chris Taylor but got out of the inning on a double play hit by Robinson Cano.
Indians first baseman Carlos Santana making the play for the first out of the inning a Dustin Ackley hit to second.
Chris Taylor hit a ball to the Indians third baseman Lonnie Chisenhall.
The ball bounce off of Chisenhall and Taylor go on first.
Chris Young started for the Mariners.
Jason Kipnis hit a double.
He would advance to third on a Jose Ramirez sac bunt.
Kipnis than scored on a Michael Brantley single and the Indians took a 1-0 lead.
After the first inning I started heading to the left field bleachers the long way. Because the concourse on the main level is open longer on the 1st base side then the 3rd base side which could would have been shorter.
The Mariner Kendreys Morales lead the inning off with a double to left field.
I got to my seat in the left field bleachers in the middle of the second inning. Morales would score on a Logan Morrison sac fly and the Mariners tied the game at 1.
Cano turning a double play to end the bottom of the second inning.
Yan Gomes was out at first on the double play.
Dustin Ackley hit a 2 run home run to give the Mariners a 3-1 lead in the 3rd inning.
Corey Hart hit the wall pretty hard on a Michael Brantley hit that lead to Brantley getting on third.
Brantley sliding into third. Earlier in the inning the Indians did tie the game at 3 on a Jason Kipnis 2 run home run.
Brantley scored on a Carlos Santana sac fly to Hart in right field and the Indians would take a 4-3 lead.
The Mariners took started Chris Young out of the game in the 5th inning. He 4 runs on 7 hits struck out 2 and walked 1 batter. Dominic Leone came into pitch for them.
Chris Taylor makes a diving play in the 6th inning on a David Murphy hit.
The Indians extended the lead by t 2 scoring their 5th run of the game in the 7th inning.
Ramirez scored on a Santana single.
Ex-Rockie Joe Beimel came into pitch for the Mariners in the 7th. Beimel was the 5the pitcher of the game for the Mariners.
Mike Zunino hit a 2 run homer to give the Mariners a 6-5 lead in the 8th inning.
He high fives his teammates after his homer.
Lonnie Chisenhall diving to try and get the third out of the 9th inning. he came up a little short.
The inning would end a few pitches later when Cano flew out to center.
Michael Brantley makes the catch.
The Indians needed a rally in the bottom of the 9th to win this game.
Fernando Rodney the 7th pitcher of the game for the Mariners and the 14th used by both teams.
Rodney got the save and shot the arrow! The Mariners won this on 6-5.
The Mariners celebrate their win against the Indians.
This was a pretty good game beside the tremendous amount of pitching changes.
Overall this was not that bad of a stadium not quite the best but wouldn’t call it the worst. It did seem hard to get around at times but once I figured out it was not that bad and BP was not overly crowded till about half way into the Mariners batting practice. The early gate is at 4:30 for a 7 P.M. game and the rest of the gates open at various times.
So that is it for this game and stadium next up is Lake County for some advance a ball then onto Detroit where I get to see the Rockies again for the first time in 3 weeks! I think I have been seeing better baseball on the road so don’t feel like I have not missed too much with them.
This is the last game I attended at Spring training it was at Salt River Fields. Indians Vs. Diamondbacks. This was an off day for the Rockies and I had a 7:30 Flight. Which left me time for 1 more game before i left.
Cleveland Indians Vs. Arizona Diamondbacks March 22, 2011
This day their was a Diamondbacks Batting Practice in Side the stadium. During batting practice I caught 1 Ball with the Salt River Field inaugural season logo.
Before each game the Diamondbacks have 2 players signing autographs on the concourse. This day Juan Miranda & Willie Bloomquist had signed. I had each of them sign a D’backs pocket schedule.
This is a view from behind home plate before the game. After BP I headed over to the Indians dugout , out of habit because it is the same dugout the Rockies use for their home dugout when they play their games at SRF.
Former Rockies and now former Indians player Jason Nix, who was traded to the Blue Jays yesterday. Also in photo Orlando Cabrera.
Hey look hosers!!!
And here is the BNW to show off my mad photo skillz. Ok this is a photo of Indians top prospect catcher Carlos Santana ( not to be confused with the Guitar player with the same name)
Indians outfielder , 3 time all-star, 2 time gold glove winner and way to good to sign an autograph for any body over the age of 10, Grady Sizemore. He refused to sign autographs on anything but a baseball and it had to be handed to him by a kid. One day some of these players will realize that it is the older people are the fans also and we are the ones that pay for the tickets and are not there to make money off their autograph. We are true fans and are honored to meet players. especially All Stars that we very rarely seen in our National League Stadiums.
Signing autographs for the young fans at Salt River Fields. He did sign an autograph for an adult and the autograph looked like a Pollack painting. It did not even resemble the auto he signed for the kids.
The Indians Logo on the left sleeve. on the right sleeve they had a patch in memory of Bob Feller. Who passed away at the age of 92 this last December.
The umpires for today’s game at home plate.
Diamondbacks starting pitcher Aaron Heilman throwing the first pitch to Indians Grady Sizemore who flew out in this at bat and later struck out. Its called Karma!!! His replacement and invitee Travis Buck hit 2 home runs and a single in his 3 at bats.
D’backs Justin Upton fouls off a pitch in the 1st inning.
Indians starting pitcher Fausto Carmona. He is throwing warm up pitchers check out the Short Stop in the background he looks like a 4-year-old that needs to pee!!!!!!
Justin Upton scores 1st. run off a Russell Braynan single.
Gerardo Parra Hi fives Upton after scoring the run.
Gerado Parra rounds first as he turns for his double.
Indians Catcher Carlos Santana at bat in the 2nd inning.
Ex Rockie and Arizona’s 1st. base coach Eric Young.
Indians Carlos Santana gets a hit in the 4th inning.
Indians invitee Jack Hannahan batting in the 7th inning. He struck out this at bat and this photo has no relevance to the game but I remembered seeing him play for Tacoma against the Colorado Springs Sky Sox last year.
A view of a pitch from behind home plate late in the game.
The Cleveland Indians celebrate their 7-3 victory over the Diamondbacks.
The final scoreboard Indians 7 D’Backs 3. attendance for today’s game was 11,794. It was a good day at the ball park for my last game of spring training. Just got to see some baseball on a perfect Scottsdale day.
Fans Leaving Salt River Fields @ Talking Stick
The Final photo I took as I exited Salt River Fields. I left out of the Rockies Gate.
Overall it was a great trip I like the new complex as a stadium. I was a bit perturbed about the lack of player access on the Rockies side but gained a new respect for the Arizona Diamondbacks, Which I hope the Rockies destroy as they are playing them @ Coors Field for opening day April 1, 2011. The Diamondbacks side of the complex was awesome had great interaction with players and fans and met many of their players and coaches. Most of my time before the games at Salt River Fields was spent on their side. I met many of their coaches that played when i was younger. I got a bunch of autographs from them more on the Diamondbacks side of the complex in a future post.
Well as I get ready for the Rockies workout for charity and Opening Day @ Coors Field I am in full swing and ready to blog to you from Coors Field this season. Hope to see you there.
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