Trip to Progressive Field for Indians game was great birthday/Father’s Day gift
My daughter Wendy is always very thoughtful when it comes to purchasing Christmas, birthday or Mother’s or Father’s Day gifts.
When it comes from her, you always know it will be special.
My birthday is in late February and of course, Father’s Day was a little more than a week ago.
This year, Wendy decided to combine my birthday and dad’s day for a special father-daughter outing. She purchased tickets for the two of us to go to Progressive Field in Cleveland to watch our favorite baseball team.
We drove north on Sunday for the game between the Indians and the Minnesota Twins.
It was the first time I had ever been to Progressive Field and I was really looking forward to the day.
The drive to Cleveland was easy and navigating through the downtown traffic to our parking space next to the stadium wasn’t nearly as difficult as I had imagined.
We had great seats along the first-base dugout and a great view of the field and action.
The weather could not have been any better. There was no threat of rain and the temperature was very comfortable. Thankfully, it wasn’t one of those July or August days where the heat and humidity are high enough to choke a horse.
The only thing that didn’t go well was how the Indians played.
It’s no secret that the three-game weekend series against the Twins was downright awful as the Tribe scored only two runs in 27 innings.
Sunday’s game from a fan standpoint was particularly frustrating as the Indians lost 4-0. They had the same number of hits as Minnesota and had several scoring opportunities.
Stranding nine runners on base, however, isn’t going to win many baseball games, regardless of the level of play.
Josh Tomlin was absolutely “puke-thetic” on the mound as he lost his ninth game in 15 decisions. His earned run average is north of the 6.00 line, but I’m hoping he can pull it all together for the remainder of the season.
Yan Gomes was non-existent at the plate, striking out three times with a couple of runners on base.
The Indians dropped a half-game back of the Twins with the loss.
Wouldn’t you know it… the next night after we attended Sunday’s game, they rallied to beat the Texas Rangers and moved back into first place in the AL Central.
Wendy and I got our love of the Indians from my mom, who passed away last August. It was only fitting that for the first full baseball season after her death that we spend a special day honoring her memory by watching the Indians play.
While the Tribe did not play well at all and the souvenir stands were a bit pricey, our seats were great and the food was fantastic.
More importantly, it was a great way to spend some time with my daughter.
Thanks Wendy, for a great day.

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