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Indians home opener always popular; Terry Pluto explains why
Fans remember the experience more than the games
by WKSU's MARK URYCKI


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The Cleveland Indians home opener is against the Toronto Blue Jays tomorrow (Thurs) afternoon at 3:00. Such games are almost always sell-outs,  despite the usually less-than-ideal weather. WKSU’s Mark Urycki and contributor Terry Pluto look at why.

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First opener at Jacobs Field 1994

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The Cleveland Indians were blown out in last year’s first game at Progressive Field but they righted themselves and went on to hold first place all the way into June.  That was a surprise but selling out the home-opener was not. WKSU sports commentatorTerry Pluto says it’s as predictable as the first daffodils..

“The Indians could always sell out the opening day even when they were horrible.  That big old stadium was a horrible place to watch a game because of the weather and the cold, and, and the team. And they still would still get 70,000 – to watch what?! Here’s the other thing, unlike NFL opening day is on Sunday for most teams, NBA which is at night, baseball is during the day! That’s part of the attraction – take off from work early."

"My father used to take me out of school to go. I cannot remember what happened in these games. I remember my dad, I remember being pulled out of school, I remember it being cold, and I remember chasing the sun around."

"I’ve actually asked people on my Facebook page for a story I’m going to do, what are their opening day memories, and that’s the kind of stuff I get from them. “

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