5 stories of Cleveland baseball that include ties to clean water
Cleveland opens its 2016 World Series run tonight at home against the Boston Red Sox. Water is life, but fun-to-watch winning Cleveland sports have gotta be a close second. Which is why we offer five stories that link Cleveland Indians baseball with h2o.
- •10¢ beer night (1974)Beer is 95% water. In 1974 when Cleveland hosted dime beer night, the percentage may have been slightly higher, but when there's no purchase limit, the result can be a rather rowdy home crowd. Things came to a head in the 9th inning that night when drunken fans rushed the field and caused Cleveland to forfeit the game. And speaking of heads, the line for the bathrooms must have been lit.
- •Midges swarm the Yanks, Indians take Game 2 (2007)It's a visual Tribe fans will remember for a long time, Mariano and Joba being doused with bug spray to ward off tiny gnat-like bugs in the humidity. The significance is that these bugs, midges, are common around Lake Erie in the summer and they are indicators of good water quality. We like that. And we love beating New York BTW.
- •Opening Day is snowed out (2007)An Opening Day at home in April is always a roll of the dice. Some seasons begin colder than others. Cleveland's ballpark manages stormwater very well, but snow has its own challenges.
- •Burn on, big river. (1989)Randy Newman made the Cuyahoga River famous with the song that ran in the opening credits of Major League. The song, the river's history, and the movie are forever linked. http://neorsd.blogspot.com/2014/04/baseball-burn-on-big-river-burn-on.html
- •"He hit that one to Lake Erie!"WTAM's Tom Hamilton is among the best announcers in the game. If he uses that line, is that kind of mammoth blast even possible? Nah. From home plate, the shortest shot to Lake Erie is over the left field wall and it would need to cover about 1.25 miles to reach the water.