Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Tribe wins "home" opener

Today at Miller Park in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, the Indians played their first "home" game of the season. Due to winter weather in Cleveland that postponed all 4 games of the Tribe/Mariners series, Major League Baseball decided to move the entire Tribe/Angels series to the indoor Miller Park. The Indians made themselves at home, and put the Angels away 7-6. Kelly Shoppach hit a 2 run bomb in the 2nd and Casey Blake added a solo shot in the 3rd to give Cleveland an early 3-1 lead. After each home run, the Indians mascot, Slider, got to go down the famous slide that is usually reserved only for the Brewers mascot. Andy Marte hit a doubles in both the 4th and 5th innings, the first one drove in 1 run and the second drove in 2, making the lead 7-3. In the top of the 9th Joe Borowski came in to save a 7-5 lead; he did give up one run, but Kelly Shoppach would gun down Angel pinch runner Erick Aybar for the final out as he tried to steal second. CC Sabathia had a great outing, in 7 innings he struck out 7 and gave up 3 runs - one earned. The Indians are now 3-1, and have two games remaining to play against LA in Milwaukee.
Also, during the game there were several tributes to the movie "Major League" (which was filmed in Milwaukee, and is one of my favorite movies.) Former Indian and current Sports Time Ohio broadcaster Rick Manning was seen wearing the famous black glasses Rick Vaugn wore in the movie, there were several signs by fans in reference to the movie such as one that said "Jobu needs a refill" and probably the coolest thing was when the sound crew people played "Wild Thing" over the PA system when the Indians clser came into the game. 19,000 fans showed up to the game, and it was a great crowd atmosphere the whole game. I take back any negative thing I said about this move, and I thank the people of Milwaukee for being so supportive. I will now consider myself a Brewer fan (unless they're playing the Tribe or the Reds)

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