Despite bone-chilling temperates and treacherous road conditions, fans packed the lower bowels of Progressive Field for the first day of Tribe Fest. The record-breaking wind chill factor didn’t stop thousands of Indians fans from enjoying Saturday’s festivities, which included autographs, player Q & A sessions and clubhouse tours among other things.
Day One of Tribe Fest featured a guest list of Cleveland fan-favorites, both current and past, who braved the elements in hopes of getting Tribe fans revved up for baseball season.
While he’s still five years away from eligibility, Thome told the Tribe Fest audience that he would proudly wear his Indians cap if inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame.
"When I was driving in this morning, I thought (with this weather) no one is going to show up. Next thing you know, I walked in and this place is packed!" – Indians outfielder Nick Swisher on the big crowd at Tribe Fest.
The man behind the inspiration for "Brohio" said he was surprised to see something that started off as a fun t-shirt idea grow into a huge sensation among Tribe fans. He also couldn’t help himself from stepping on the field for a photo op, which he posted on Twitter.
Just another example of the difference between players with the old school of thought versus new. The game itself hasn’t changed, but many rules and procedures have. Just ask Sandy Alomar Jr. how he feels about the new plate-collision ban.
And finally, a selfie from Indians third baseman Lonnie Chisenhall and pitcher Trevor Bauer… Just because, who doesn’t love a good selfie?