CLEVELAND - Don Kilbane decided to walk up and buy tickets to an Indians at 12:05 game on Monday.
Kilbane is his own boss, so with his friend Jimmy Gallagher in tow, they found two $24 tickets in just a few minutes in line.
"I love the team. I love the speed, the power. They're exciting. They're generating runs. I love Terry Francona. I know the players love to play for him and I think they're jelling. They're a real good team," Kilbane said.
"They're so much different, so much fun," Gallagher said.
Shawn Butler and his friend, Chad Campbell, were traveling on a four-game, four-day tour of American baseball parks from their home in Toronto, Canada. The Indians' recent successful play made this game a no-brainer.
"I'm a Tribe fan from the 90s, but they're still one of my favorites," Campbell said. "They did a lot of moves in the off season, got a lot of big names and now with a winning streak, they're doing pretty good. Hopefully, today we can finish that sweep."
"This has been a great trip except for the Jays getting housed there in New York. That wasn't too pleasant, but other than that, four stadiums in four days, you can't really complain about that for a long weekend," Butler said.
Tom Borror brought his granddaughter, 2-year-old Addison, to the ballpark Monday. She seemed more than happy to stuff a hot dog in her mouth in her shaded seat. She's sat next to her grandfather at five Tribe games so far.
"I had my 4-year-old grandson here last Monday for the Yankees double-header. Lasted 14 innings," Borror said.
In a thrilling 10th inning, the Indians brought the fans to their feet with another come-from-behind victory, 10-8.
The Indians front office said 3,000 fans walked up to buy tickets, swelling the day game crowd to 19,300. Not bad for a Monday. Not bad for a team on a five-game winning streak.
The second-place Detroit Tigers will be in Cleveland Tuesday and Wednesday for two 7:05 p.m. games.