Fever Pitch From Cleveland Indians Fans at World Series Watch Party on Saturday

Fever Pitch From Cleveland Indians Fans at World Series Watch Party on Saturday

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I believe.

I am nervous.

They have to go all the way.

This is how I felt on Saturday night (and still feel) when I watched the Cleveland Indians battle the Chicago Cubs at the World Series.

I thought logically though; I had only spent $5 a ticket to watch the Series at the sold-out Progressive Field’s Watch Party.

According to Cleveland Indians, the Game 3-5 Watch Parties brought more than 67,000 fans.  The money from the watch parties  benefited the Cleveland Indians Charities and MLB Charities.

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The crowd waiting to get into Progressive Field at the Saturday, Oct. 29 Cleveland Indians Watch Party. PHOTO BY ANGELA GARTNER

The downtown crowd was electric even before we walked between the Left Field gates. The Cleveland Cavaliers were in town, but all eyes were on the field next door.

Since the Watch Party game seats was first come, first serve, we got there about a half hour before the gates opened. This was good timing, as thousands of fans lined up for about an hour or so to wait to get in.

We were very pleased to see Rally towels being handed out at the gates, along with the concessions in full-swing.

The seats filled up at all levels. People were milling around to find the best place to watch the big screen. We got seats in 174 on the third base side with our two sons Noel, 9, and Anton, 7.

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Watching the game on the big screen. The bleachers and Kids Clubhouse was closed. PHOTO BY ANGELA GARTNER

There were a lot of families with their children and plenty of warnings from the Cleveland Indians to keep language and behavior appropriate for everyone.

Full disclosure: my older son had been a Cleveland Indians fan since he was little, after seeing many games at Progressive Field. At age 3, he also chose the Chicago Cubs to be one of his teams. He was torn between his two favorite teams in the year’s biggest championship in baseball.

We had said to friends how we felt sorry for him as he picked the two teams who haven’t been to a World Series in decades — boy, the joke was on us.

During the game, after the first inning when the Cubs led 1-0, we all took an intake of breath in anticipation for a Tribe loss.

We didn’t have to wait long to let it out as Carlos Santana hit a solo home run in the second inning.

As the action continued to heat up on the big screen, the excited fans cheered loudly, waved their towels and high-fived strangers.

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All three levels had fans. People also began to come in after the CAVS game. Some watched the party from the gates outside. PHOTO BY ANGELA GARTNER

The Cleveland Indians created a live-game atmosphere with on screen game statistics, camera shots of the crowd, and the famous Hot Dog Race between Mustard, Ketchup and Onion (Ketchup knocked his opponents down with Onion’s purse, however, it is debatable if he won or not as it looked like Onion tried to come back). Slider and the Indians game crew riled up the crowd with t-shirt giveaways and waving the Cleveland Indians flag.

Some things weren’t open, such as the bleacher seats and the Kids Clubhouse, however, no one seemed to mind or leave their seats for too long.

Jason Kipnis’ three-run homer sealed the deal in the seventh inning and the game ended in a 7-2 victory with a series lead of 3-1.

 

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Cleveland Indians fans were on their feet and waving towels after the Indians won 7-2 in Game 5 against Chicago Cubs. PHOTO BY ANGELA GARTNER

 

While, the fans at Sunday’s final Watch Party didn’t get to enjoy a win, as the Chicago Cubs won 3-2, I hope they got to experience what we did. Being among Northeast Ohioans who love baseball and the Cleveland Indians, and the hopeful feeling that this could be our year.

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PHOTO BY ANGELA GARTNER

Go Tribe! Let’s bring it home this Tuesday.

I am still nervous, but I plan to be at home in my living room to watch the game. What are your plans? Find out how to celebrate Game 6 with these tips!

 

 

 

 

About the author

Angela Gartner is the editor at Northeast Ohio Parent Magazine. She previously served as editor for family and general interest magazines in the region. As a journalist, her articles and columns have appeared in newspapers and other publications including The News-Herald, Sun Newspapers as well as the Chicago Tribune. She grew up in Northeast Ohio and is a mom of two boys. The whole family is busy each weekend with sports and finding new happenings around the region. She loves reading books, being a board member at the Cleveland Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists, and taking the family dog, a Scottish Terrier named Jagger, on his walks.

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