baseball

“…talkin’ baseball… baseball and the Tribe…”

“Talkin’ Baseball” – Terry Cashman (2008)

Today is Major League Baseball’s Opening Day in many cities across America (and Canada!) The hopes and dreams of October championship baseball are alive and well for fans of every team!

Today in Cleveland, the Indians play their chilly home and season opener against the Boston Redsox with David Price the starting pitcher for the Sox, and Cy Young Award winner, Cory Kluber taking the mound for the hometown good-guys.  First pitch at Jacobs Field is scheduled for 4:10 PM.

Pictured above: The 28-foot neon sign that adorned the 74,000 seat Cleveland Municipal Stadium at Gate D for 32 years. The old stadium was demolished in 1996 with the Tribe’s new home, Jacobs Field, opening on April 2, 1994.

Some time ago,  I wrote a post about the inspiration and reason behind the “Indians” team name. The cartoon mascot “Chief Wahoo” has caused controversy among some, but to me Chief Wahoo is simply an emblem representing my baseball team!

Today the Chief Wahoo sign has been preserved and is on display at Cleveland’s Western Reserve Historical Society (as seen in my photograph above, taken December 30, 2014.)


“…Wahoos on first with our eyes on the pennant… Going all in, Cleveland Indians…”

“Gutter to the Grail” – Trevor Bauer (2013)

From the Hall of Fame section of Jacobs Field, some insight into the proud heritage of the Cleveland Major League Baseball team nick name and logo– The Cleveland Indians. The song, “Gutter to the Grail” written and performed by current Cleveland Indians Pitcher, Trevor Bauer.

Photo taken July 13, 2014


“Heads will roll and rock tonight… For those about to rock, we salute you…”

“For Those About to Rock (We Salute You)” – AC/DC (1981)

The all-star line-up for the Cleveland Indians Major League Baseball team, photo taken circa 1992-93, at the old Cleveland Municipal Stadium (demolished). From left to right, Sandy Alomar, Jr., Carlos Baerga, Kenny Lofton, Albert Belle, and Jim Thome.

Tonight, the current edition of Cleveland Indians host the Tampa Bay Rays at Jacobs Field in Cleveland– the American League “Wild Card” game. The winner earns the right to enter into the play-off tournament to crown an American League Champion, and eventually a 2013 Major League Baseball World Series Champion.

Coincidentally, I lived in the Tampa Bay area for 9 years and followed the Rays quite closely during that time. Born and bred in Cleveland, and now back as a resident, there is no question which team I want to “Rock” tonight. GO TRIBE!!


“…A SWING AND A DRIVE…DEEP RIGHT FIELD… WAAAY BACK… GONE!”

“A Swing And a Drive…” – Tom Hamilton, Cleveland Indians Radio Announcer (July 31, 2013)

Jacobs Field
Ontario Street and Carnegie Avenue
Taken from the west bank of the industrial flats
Downtown
Cleveland, Ohio

Photo taken September 7, 2013


“…My comforter.. my all in all… here in the love of Christ, I stand…”

“In Christ Alone” – Keith and Kristyn Getty (2007)

Standing high atop a parking deck on Carnegie Avenue, footsteps from Jacobs Field, where Major League Baseball’s Cleveland Indians play. Part of St. Maron Parish’s presence in this part of town. For me, finding this statue, while wandering around downtown during my lunch break on this day– Gazing up at it. It was.. it… re-calibrated my day. “In Christ Alone.”

Photo taken May 30, 2013


“…going down, to the dirty boulevard…”


“Dirty Boulevard” – Lou Reed (1988)

Jacobs Field (Progressive Field) where the Cleveland Indians play and to the left, Quicken Loans Arena (The Q) where the Cleveland Cavaliers pro basketball team call home. Taken from the near west side neighborhood of “Ohio City” along W.25th Street, overlooking the industrial “flats.”

Photo taken December 3, 2012.


“You can check out any time you like, But you can never leave”

“Hotel California” – The Eagles (1976)

Photo taken October 26, 2001

On the banks of the Hillsborough River, the former Tampa Bay Hotel, has been a national gem since its opening in 1891. Built by Railroad Tycoon Henry B. Plant, the lavish structure, of Moorish architectural design, boasted 511 rooms and covered over 6 acres of land and over 150 acres of lush grounds for guests to enjoy.

In 1898, during the Spanish-American War, the United States Military used the hotel and it’s grounds as a base of operations. Teddy Roosevelt and his “Rough Riders” prepared for battle on these grounds, and Roosevelt took comfort in a luxury suite in the hotel, while enlisted men stayed in near-by tents. Years later, Hall of Fame baseball player Babe Ruth signed his first Major League contract at the hotel, surely, with a Tampa hand rolled “Optimo” Cigar (his favorite) clamped between his teeth!

Following depression era hard times, the hotel closed in 1930. In 1933, the Tampa Bay Junior College established residence in the old hotel and the school eventually grew in size and became known as The University of Tampa. Currently, “Plant Hall” as the treasured building is named today, houses University of Tampa administrative offices and student oriented areas, as well as the Henry B. Plant Museum.


The Tampa Life cigar box featured the Tampa Bay Hotel prominently on it’s inner label artwork, to attract customers during the time that the hotel was in operation.


One of Babe Ruth’s favorite cigar brands was OPTIMO, also hand rolled in Tampa, the cigar capital of the world at the time!


Sox

Home to the Major League Baseball team, the Boston Red Sox: Historic Fenway Park from the Press Box.
4 Yawkey Way
Boston, Massachusetts

Photo taken September 1, 2005


“Put me in coach.. I’m ready to play”

“Center Field” – John Fogerty (1985)

First Tee Ball Game
Parma, Ohio

Photo taken June 23, 2005