Two bits of fun news coming out of Cleveland, but let’s hit them one at a time. First, the powers that be at Cleveland’s Progressive Field found a way to actually get people to the stadium–host events not featuring a horrible baseball team.
As part of what the team calls Snow Days, the site’s centerpieces are a 10-lane tubing hill named the batterhorn that stretches from the middle of the bleachers into right field, and a quarter-mile ice skating track called the frozen mile — the first of its kind in the United States, the Indians say — that zips past the warning track, second base, the bullpens and underneath the bleachers.
“People can go somewhere and tube, they can go somewhere and ice skate, but they can’t do it in a setting like this, with the entertainment that our scoreboard group’s provided, the Christmas lights on the field; it’s just a completely unique entertainment option,” said Mark Shapiro, the team’s president and a person more accustomed to talking about pitchers and catchers. –NYT.
That sounds a helluva lot better than, oh I don’t know, watching the Indians, who finished a paltry 25 games out of first place in the AL Central last fall. They should just leave that slide up through the start of the season. It can’t be any more bastardly than playing with the designated hitter.