Cleveland is a baseball-crazy town. As the 2016 American League champs battle through the 2017 season, there’s unfinished business they’re looking to take care of. To quote the Voice of the Tribe, Tom Hamilton: Don’t let it slip by without being a part of it.
Fan exuberance is a big part of the fun. Progressive Field ranked as the No. 1 fan favorite baseball stadium in a Sports Illustrated poll. The sense of history and "baseball intelligence" of home fans helped push the stadium to the top.
Food options, both inside the stadium and within walking distance, also helped.
DO NOT leave The Prog (sometimes referred to by its old name of "Jacob's Field") without squirting copious amounts of brown stadium mustard on your dogs. Indians fans began enjoying the condiment, named a "signature concession item" by ESPN.com, in the 1920s. Stadium mustard, which was invented here in Cleveland, is created by two very competitive local companies.
These days, Indians fans have much more than magical mustard to boost their excitement. In late 2012, two-time World Series winner Terry Francona took over as team manager. Francona clinched the 2013 American League Manager of the Year title after leading the Indians to a Wild Card playoff spot. In 2016, the Indians clinched the American League Championship and played hard through Game 7 of the World Series, finally granting the win to the Chicago Cubs in a historical battle. And this year? Well the magic is real. An incredible winning streak punctuates the close of the regular season and fans are thirsty for more.
The Indians have snagged two World Series championships - in 1920 and 1948. But hope springs eternal for fans of the Tribe. This might be our year.