Cleveland Indians: A Night to Remember in the Indians' Social Suite
May 13th 2011 will forever be remembered as a special night for Indians' fans. If you were lucky enough to be one of the 33.774 fans in attendance that night you saw first hand how the magic is back at Progressive Field.
For me personally, it will be a night I never forget.The Indians invited me to watch the game from their new Social Suite; a private area for sports writers, bloggers and users of all forms of social media. The Indians understand the power of social media and have provided participants with the unique opportunity to connect with their "followers" in a live setting.
Let's take a look back at the night that left Indians fans asking the question: WHAT IF?
Who needs Lebron when we have the TRIBE!
The Indians' hot start is providing some healing power to a city that is hungry for a winner now more than ever.
If You Build It...They Will Come!
The walk-up crowd of 8,519 was the 2nd largest in Progressive Field history.
Michael Brantley Fills the Void.
Indians' centerfielder Michael Brantley has done a great job filling the void left by the injured Grady Sizemore. Brantley went 2-4 with a double and a home run. He would play a pivotal role in the Tribe's epic come from behind win.
Chris "The Tazmanian Devil" Perez?
"Chris Perez. Relief pitcher for the Cleveland Indians...Former UM Hurricane...Just a normal guy with an arm like a fu***** cannon."
That is the headline of Chris Perez's twitter page. Which you can see here. You can tell that this kid simply loves to compete and he has fun doing it.
Perez is currently 2-1 with an ERA of 3.18 and 10 saves on the year.
Perez would go on to tweet this later that night in reference to his appearance on the Jim Rome radio show earlier in the day: "Shout out to @jimrome. Thanks for the walk-off Jungle karma he provided us today."
Dollar Dog Night!
Tribe fans love their dollar dogs. 61,345 is the most hot dogs ever sold in one night at Progressive Field. I'm sure you were dying to know that stat!
Can You Say...Gold Glove?
Asdrubal Cabrera made the defensive play of the night with this impressive play from deep in the hole at short. He would also play a major role in the Tribe's come from behind victory.
Cabrera currently leads the Indians in average (.302), Home Runs (9), RBI's (32), and total bases (95).
Travis Hafner Steps to the Plate with Two out in the Bottom of the 9th
The Indians entered the bottom of the ninth down 4-2. Michael Brantley and Asdrubal Cabrera led off the inning with back to back doubles which cut the deficit to 4-3. Cabrera advanced to third on a grounder by Shin-Soo Choo.
Carlos Santana grounded to Seattle's second baseman Adam Kennedy, holding Cabrera at third.
Travis Hafner would come to the plate and after two pitches ended the game with this shot to centerfield.
The crowd erupted like it was 1995!
The 10th Man Made the Difference!
"We were talking about the fans the whole time in the dugout, and how excited we were," Michael Brantley told the Plain Dealer.
"It gets your adrenaline flowing."We did what you have to do in front of big crowds, to kind of win them over."
"We know they came out for fireworks, but at the same time, we put on a great show for them. We gave them fireworks in the bottom of the ninth."
The Indians couldn't have picked a better night to debut their new slogan: "What If?" to fans at Progressive Field.
Travis Hafner would also go on to highlight the impact of the crowd during the game.
"The atmosphere in this ballpark, I think, is the best in the game when you get fans to come out like this," Hafner told the Plain Dealer after the game. "It seemed like a packed house. There was just an electric atmosphere in the ninth. It was awesome."
The Fireworks Have Just Begun at Progressive Field in 2011
Just when I thought the night couldn't get any better, the Indians brought us down on the field for the fireworks show after the game.
If you have never seen a fireworks show at Progressive Field, that has to change! They put on an incredible show which will follow every Friday home game this year at "the Prog."
I want to give a special thanks to Rob Campbell, Coordinator of Digital Media for the Cleveland Indians who made this night possible for all of us in the Social Suite that night.
Get ready Tribe fans. The fireworks in 2011 have just begun!
Be Part of the Magic...
After sweeping their in-state rivals, the Cincinatti Reds, the Indians are now 18-4 at home and own the Major League's best record at 29-15.
They open a 3 game set on Monday against the Boston Red Sox at home.
Be part of the magic. You can get your tickets here
I know your thinking it Cleveland... WHAT IF?.