CLEVELAND - Cleveland Indians fan John Adams has been beating his drum at games for 40 years. The team is honoring him Saturday night as the Tribe takes on the Twins.
It was Aug. 24, 1973. The Indians took on Texas at Municipal Stadium. Adams was in the stands and wanted to bang on the seats to cheer on the Tribe.
"In the bleachers, they had redwood bench seats, so there was nothing to hit," said Adams.
So he bought a drum set for $25, brought the bass drum with him to the next game and he's been there since, pounding away - win or lose.
"Nothing planned it, it just happened and here we are," he said.
Now 40 years later, presidents have come and gone, Tribe fans, too, even the ballpark has changed. But Adams is still there. And the Indians' biggest fan will be honored Saturday for his 40 years of support.
Instead of a first pitch during pregame, he'll have a first bat. A special tribute is planned as well.
"I feel like I'm the luckiest guy in the world," said Adams. "I am truly blessed because of all the people all these years that I have met and heard their stories from all over the world."
Adam says he's been to 3,213 games. He's only missed 38 games in four decades.