CLEVELAND - The Cleveland Indians home opener is just a week away and the team has a day packed with traditions planned for fans.
The Tribe takes on the New York Yankees at 4:05 p.m., but the Rally Alley starts at 1:30 p.m. There will be live music and performers, as well as discounted food and drinks.
The gates of Progressive Field open at 2 p.m. The organization wants fans in their seats by 3:25 p.m. to enjoy the pregame festivities. Videos on the history of the stadium and the history of Indians broadcasters will welcome fans.
Father and son duos like Nick Swisher and his dad, Steve; Sandy Alomar Jr. and Sr. and manager Terry Francona and his dad, Tito, will throw out simultaneous first pitches.
The team will also honor the unofficial drummer for the Cleveland Indians for 40 years, John Adams, and longtime Tribe second baseman Carlos Baerga, who will be inducted into the Indians Hall of Fame in June.