Tribe fans around the region are bubbling with anticipation on the eve of Game 6 of the World Series. Chances are, you don’t have tickets to Tuesday’s game at Progressive Field — after all, only about 35,000 fans can be that lucky — but there are many other ways you can make watching the game fun and family-friendly.
- Admit it: one of the best things about going to the Prog for a Tribe game is the food. Spice up your at-home viewing with some of your family’s favorite stadium staples like nachos, ice cream, hot dogs, soft pretzels and popcorn.
- There’s nothing quite like the energy of watching a game with a large group of people. You don’t have to fight traffic downtown to be part of the crowd, since there are many family-friendly restaurants throughout Northeast Ohio that are sure to have Game 6 on multiple TVs. A few local options include The Boneyard (Broadview Heights), Melt Bar & Grilled and Winking Lizard (both with multiple locations).
- Create your own fan section by transforming your living room into a mini-stadium. Help your kids make their own signs, dress up in Indians apparel and participate in stadium fun like the seventh inning stretch and the wave.
- Depending on your kids’ ages, let them stay up past bedtime to watch all or part of the game — after all, this could be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity! To help streamline things, shorten the bedtime routine or give baths before the first pitch. Allow for a few extra minutes of sleep the next morning by packing backpacks and lunches, and laying out clothes before the game. Another option is to put your kids to bed at the usual time, then wake them for the last inning or two. (Provided, of course, they’ll be able to go back to sleep without much trouble!)
- Spend time before the game reading children’s books about baseball or doing some fun baseball-themed activities. Check out our “World Series!” board on Pinterest for some inspiration.
- If you’ve cut the cord and don’t have cable, it’s handy that the World Series is being televised on Fox — unless you’re one of the unfortunate ones (ahem, I speak from personal experience) whose antenna picks up all local stations EXCEPT Fox. In this case, go old school and listen to the game on the radio — after all, it’s what the majority of folks probably did when the Indians won the World Series in 1948! You can listen to longtime Indians radio announcer Tom Hamilton on WTAM at 1100-AM.