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.
Yankees vs. Rockies
My 18th game of the season.
This was a day game and the last game of the series the Rockies have won 1 and the Yankees have won one.
I got to Coors about 9 A.M. to see if I could have any luck getting any autographs by the players entrance. A few Yankees did stop to sign I only had cards for Hiroki Kuroda so he signed 2 cards for me. It was than time for the gates to open and I headed back to my truck to drop off some stuff and get my umbrella because once again it was threatening to rain. After heading into the stadium I immediately headed to the Yankees side of the field as I was walking over Mariano Rivera came out and started signing, he had an usher get a kid and bring him to the field and he signed for him signing on the warning track. He than began signing and he did another marathon signing for 20 minutes to a half and hour.
This is the ball. It was great getting his auto and was one of the Yankees that were on this trip I really wanted. I also wanted Joe Girardi on my 1993 Rockies team photo but he was elusive this whole series. Kevin, Eric and I were waiting by the Yankees dugout before the game but it started pouring and we gave up on trying to get it.
After a few hours of trying for autographs it was time for the game Jeff Francis was the starting pitcher for the Rockies. The Yankees did score a run in the 1st. Jayson Nix who was the second batter of the inning walked and later score the run on a Vernon Wells 2 out single.
C.C. Sabathia started for the Yankees. He walked Eric Young Jr. to start the game. Dexter Fowler hit to Yankees short stop Jayson Nix and EYJ was out at second and Dex got on base. He scored on a Carlos Gonzalez sac fly to left field, Dex did advance to third on a Troy Tulowitzki hit.
Dex sliding into home.
Yankees catcher Chris Stewart missed the tag and Dex got his hand on the plate before being tagged on the back.
Nolan Arenado fields a ball an throws to second base to get Chris Nelson out at second. Nelly walked to led off the inning.
Nelly sliding into second.
Chris Stewart is safe at first on the hit.
Nolan Arenado taking a big swing sending the ball deep to left center in his 2nd inning at bat.
The ball was caught by center fielder Brett Gardner.
Nelly making a big turn at second after hitting the ball to start off the 4th inning. He did stop at second and did go on to score the second run of the game for the Yankees. (2-1) Yanks
After the Rockies at bats in the 4th the rain got real heavy.
The tarp came out and we headed into a 1 hour and 58 minute rain delay. Two very heavy rain cells came through and for the second time this series they evacuated the rockpile and upper deck.
When the game continued Adam Ottavino came out to pitch for the Rockies. Adam Warren pitched for the Yankees.
Robison Cano can only watch as Ottavino’s slider sails into the bullpen in right field for his 9th home run of the season and a 3-1 Yankees lead. Cano also hit a single in the 3rd inning which was his 1500th career hit.
That awkward moment when a pitcher gets to the mound before the manager gets to the mound to remove the previous pitcher,Boone Logan heading to the mound while Warren still had the ball. The delay was because Girardi was meeting with the Umpires because of a double switch that would put Ichiro in center field. this switch was in the 6th inning.
With the Yankees up 3-1 the Rockies would put Wilton Lopez on the mound amongst the cringe of the Coors Field crowd. This was actually a good outing for Lopez. He started the inning striking out Jayson Nix and got Cano and wells both to ground out to second to get out of the inning only facing the 3 batters. Lopez has been known to get himself in trouble and let up a few runs. He also pitched well in the 9th inning. Facing 4 batters. the only base runner was Lyle Overbay who hit a single. This was one of his best performances I have seen him pitch this year he has had single good inning but to pitch well for 2 is nice to see after a bunch of really bad outing for him.
Eric Young Jr. walked in the Rockies 8th and would get into David Robison’s head! Robinson threw to first a few times.
With the Rockies coming up in the 9th inning the Yankees released the Sandman from the bullpen for the second game in a row.
Mariano Rivera came into pitch to the Rockies he got the first 2 batters out. As much as it sucks to see him come in against your team it is truly amazing to watch this guy pitch. As much as it his great to see him pitch I would have been O.K. only seeing him pitch once this series.
Josh Rutledge would make the last out of the game grounding out to short and getting out at first. The Yankees won this one and did not need a bad call to do it this game. Overall the Rockies pitched well in this series and had a few good offensive moments. This was Rivera’s 621st save in his career. It was cool they way he treated the fanes this whole series and took a lot of time to sign for fans.
Well the Yankees would shake hands at the end of this one and take the series.
This was a rough home stand with the Rockies only winning 2 out of the s 6 games against the Rays and Yankees. After the weekend away series in St. Louis they are 2 and a half games behind the Giants with a 20 and 17 record. I did not see the Sunday game they won, but I heard that Jorge pitched a great game good to see him getting back to the way he use to pitch. Well the Rockies have one more series with the Cubs before returning home next weekend and playing the Giants and then the Diamondbacks.
That’s it for this one. May be heading down to my first game of the year in the Springs.
Yankees vs. Rockies Game 2
My 17th Game at Coors this season.
Today started earlier than normal, I usually head to Coors at about 3 O’clock or so if I am not going early for autographs. Instead I headed down at about 12:30 for the Dexter Fowler Radio Show on 104.3 ESPN Radio. It is pretty cool it is at Jackson’s Lodo across from Coors. Dex basically answers questions and talks about himself and the team, during the hour-long radio show. It is hosted by different host depending on when the show is scheduled during the day. You can listen on the radio, but it is fun to be there. Dex is a really good guy and takes photos and signs autos for fans.
Today since it was early in the day not as many people were there but it was a good crowd. There were 4 of us from group today.
I than headed home for a little while and then headed back to Coors for the early gates that open at 4:30 I got there about 4 and the line for the was pretty long. When we entered the stadium the tarp was on the field and there was no batting practice so we waited in the area where they put up the chains so you can’t access the rest of the stadium and waited for it to open. We than headed down to the wall on the third base side to see if we can have any luck getting any Yankee autographs. Today it was raining for the most part while we were waiting and we all configured our umbrellas so our stuff and we would not get wet for the most part it work, but we did learn Amy did not know how to hold an umbrella still and kept getting us wet, mainly me but I think she did get everyone we were standing with at one point or another! So during warm ups no one came over and including Chris Nelson who we saw the night before an said he would come over to take photos with use in his new uniform. After the game we saw him again and he said he forgot. I did get a few photos over there.
In the photo above he is standing watching the video that the Rockies put together of him.
It was than game time and we headed to our seats an I sat in my usual section. Amy sat out in right above the auxiliary score board in the front row. Kevin sat in his normal section. Mariano later Met up with me in the section I sit in.
The starting pitcher for the Rockies this game was Juan Nicasio. Above he is throwing out the first pitch to Brett Gardiner who hit a single to start the game I guess there goes that chance for a no-hitter early! Two batter later Vernon Wells hit a home run that Scored Gardiner and himself that put a quick end to a chance for a second shutout in a row! Those were the only 2 hits in the inning Nicasio did face the first 5 batter in the Yankees line up.
David Phelps was the starting pitcher for the Yankees did slightly better in the first than Nicasio getting all 3 batters he face to ground out.
In the second inning Nelly made another attempt to get a hit as a Yankee and once again was unsuccessful, this time grounding out to the shortstop Reid Brignac. Yes once again Troy Tulowitzki was not in the line up, I am not sure of the reason to cold, to wet, a sore this or a strained that. Who can keep up or care enough to listen to the reason anymore.
Rockies responded quickly in the first inning Wilin Rosario hit a single with one out and Todd Helton hit his 2nd home run of the season and ties the game at 2.
Here is Helton’s home run going into the crowd above the auxiliary scoreboard.
Ichiro watches as it bounces back onto the field.
Todd high fives Nolan Arenado after running the base’s.
Both starting pitchers pitched well Nicasio pitched five innings and Romaine pitched 6. Beside the 2 runs each of them let up in the first no other runs were scored off them.
Josh Outman came into pitch for the Rockies in the 6th. He pitched the 6th and 7th for the Rockies. Now the next photo is something I have to explain before I post it, it is something that was brought to my attention going through search topics for this blog and it is “Josh Outman Adjusting Cup”. So this was the first time I have seen him pitch since I have seen that topic and well here it is!
“Josh Outman Adjusting Cup” It is very 4-year-old needing to pee. After I noticed and took this shot I realized that he did this before every pitch. One of those thing I wish I never noticed.
He did end up getting it in the 7th inning when he hit it to Dexter Fowler who over ran the ball and Nelly ended up getting to 3rd base. It was a single and an error for the advancement to 3rd. It was nice to see him get his first hit with his new team. Wish him the best of luck and hope all goes well with him with the Yankees. He has been a really cool guy to the fans and always had time to sign, take photo’s or just hang with us for a few minutes after a game.
Nelly stepping on third.
Rex Brothers pitched in the 8th for the Rockies sitting all 3 Yankees batters down in the inning.
The last out of the inning was Robinson Cano striking out.
In the 8th and was hit by a pitch, Eric Young Jr. came into pinch hit for him. so it must be something to do with Tulo’s leg that is why he was not in the starting line up. Young stole second.
Jonny Herrera goes for the deep throw to first.
It was a little of the mark and Vernon Wells got on base. Rafael Betancourt would than walk Lyle Overbay so runners would than be on first and second. Ichiro than sac bunted and advanced the runners wells and Overbay to second and third. He than intentionally walked Jyson Nix to load the base’s to hopefully get a forced out or double play. Travis Hafner pinch hit for Nelly and struck out so the rockies had 2 outs and base’s loaded Brennan Boesch pinch hit for the pitch David Robinson. Boesch hit a ball to Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado who threw it to first and it was called safe which scored the runner Wells from 3rd. According to people who saw the replay and a photo I have seen he was out at first so I am giving that RBI to the umpire who blew the call. So this games final score was the Rockies 2, Yankees 2 and the umps 1.
That was the final score of this game.
Walt Weiss came out to argue the call.
Here is a quote I took from a News paper article from Rockies first baseman Todd Helton.
“Felt like he was out,” Rockies first baseman Todd Helton said. “I don’t know what the replay showed. It was close. Yeah, it’s a tough call. It’s a shame the game had to be decided on a call like that. But got to give them credit for being in that situation in the first place.”
Mariano Rivera came in to pitch for the Yankees in the 9th which pretty much sealed the win for the Yankees. this was his 620 career save. So we got to see Rivera pitch the most saves in MLB history. If that counts for much!
Rosario also made contact but he flew out to Brett Gardner in centerfield to end the game.
Chris Stewart who came in to catch in the 9th shakes hands with Mariano after the save and the Yankees win this broke a 5 game losing streak at Coors for the Yankees going back over 6 years. So that was it for this one the Yankees won 3-2. It stinks that a blown call decided this game but unfortunately the Rockies were in a bad situation that a blown call should have not of decided the outcome.
After the game I got to meet up with Nelly and congratulated him on his first Yankees hit and wished him good luck with his new team. Here he is signing autographs for a few fans.
So that is it for this game. There is one more from this series as I am writing this the Rockies are not doing so well in St. Louis. Friday night they had 1 hit against the Cardinals Shelby Miller in a very impressive pitching performance. The real crazy thing is the only hit was a lead off hit by Eric Young Jr. and then the next 27 batters got out. It is only the 4th time this has happened in almost 40 years.
NY Yankees vs. Colorado Rockies
My 16th game of the Year.
Today I finally got my first Batting Practice baseball’s of the year! Yes, that is plural baseball’s. I caught both during the Rockies batting practice and both were hit by Troy Tulowitzki. The Yankees batting Practice was also pretty good but I did not get any from them but did have a chance on a few. During the Yankees batting practice I noticed that Mariano Rivera was signing on the wall in left field I looked at the crowd and realized I would never make it over and get an autograph so I stayed in the pavilions.
Yes, That is five rows of people pushing, climbing and leaning all to get their stuff signed by the best closer in the history of Major League Baseball. He actually signed 2 different time during batting practice once for 5-10 minutes before he headed out to the field and then for 40 minutes after at the end of batting practice.
After batting practice while Mariano Rivera was still signing I headed to the Rockies side of the field figuring I would never get to the Yankees wall. On the Rockies side Todd did sign and I had him sign my #17 ball that I had David Neid sign when the 1993 guys were here opening weekend. I did this because they are the only 2 # 17’s to play for the Rockies and I am figuring that they will be the only 2 after Helton retires.
Jorge De La Rosa, Yorvit Torrealba and Jim Wright head in from the bullpen.
Here is Jorge taking the mound and writing in the dirt.
Here is his first pitch to the Yankees Ichiro Suzuki. Ichiro lined out to Jonny Herrera at shortstop. Jorge pitched well and the only batter to get on base was Jason Nix who hit a single.
Hiroki Kuroda was the starting pitcher for the Yankees. He also pitched well Josh Rutledge did get a hit but was picked off on first base and Kuroda only faced 3 Rockies batters in the inning.
Chris Nelson who was recently traded to the Yankees made his Coors Field return only after a few game in NY. In the second inning he came to the plate with 2 outs he was hitless since going to the Yankees after this at bat he was still hit less in a twist of irony from the baseball gods he grounded out to his replacement on the Rockies Nolan Arenado.
Arenado throwing to Todd Helton on first base.
Nelson running to first.
Kuroda went a little high on a pitch to Arenado during his 2nd inning at bat. Arenado did end up grounding out to end the inning.
Ichiro at bat in the 3rd inning. He would hit a single with 2 outs.
He would steal 2nd base and then was left on second.
Yorvit Torrealba making contact in the 3rd inning. he did ground out for the first out of the 3rd inning. Jonny Herrera hit a double that looked like may get some get the Rockies a run. De La Rosa did ground out, Dexter Fowler would walk and Josh Rutledge would also ground out to end the inning.
Before the 4th inning an announcement was made to evacuate the upper deck and rockpile.
here is everyone leaving the upper deck
and the empty Rockpile.
They did continue the game without any rain delay. Not much had happened in the next few innings Jorge continued to pitch very well and so did Kuroda. Kuroda struck out 2 of the 3 batters he faced in the 4th. The Yankees Chris Stewart did hit a single in the 5th, but that was the only offence for either team in the inning.
With 2 outs in the 6th inning Josh Rutledge would hit a single to get on base.
Carlos Gonzalez would drop the bomb on Kuroda with this 2 run home run to give the Rockies a 2-0 lead. Michael Cuddyer and Todd Helton would both get on base in the inning after the Cargo home run and were left on base.
Cargo high fives Josh Rutledge after his 6th inning home run.
Matt Belise would come in t pitch for the Rockies in the 7th. Jorge went 6 innings not allowing a run, the Yankees only had 3 hits. Jorge struck out 2 and walked 1. Very good outing for him.
Nelson made contact in the 7th and looked like he may of had his first Yankees hit and well that did not happen he hit into a double play getting Brett Gardner out at second and himself at first. Gardner did come into the game in the 7th for the Yankees.
Josh Rutledge throwing to Herrera who was covering at second.
Who throw to Todd at First.
To complete the double play.
Brett Gardner taking a swing in the 9th to strike out against Rafael Betancourt to end the game for the Rockies win.
Torrealba dropped the ball
Torrealba celebrates the win in his very animated way jumping and flailing as he heads to the mound.
here he is shaking hands with Betancourt after the win. So The Rockies win TTTTHHHHEEEEE RRRRRROOOOOCCCCKKKKKKIIIIIEEEESSSS WWWIIIIIIIIINNNNNN!!!!!!
Had to do it. Well that is it for this one still have 2 more from this series. It did rain through most of this game. I am so over the bad weather for games this year at least it was not snow. The weather did not get any better the rest of the series either.
See You at Coors!