Cleveland Professional Baseball Grounds

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To cap off our exciting baseball weekend together, Alan and I made a quick stop at the site of Cleveland Municipal Stadium (now Cleveland Browns Stadium) immediately following the Indians game.  Since we had already visited League Park yesterday and Progressive Field today, we decided to complete the trifecta and visit all three Cleveland professional baseball grounds in the same weekend.

Since Alan had his glove and a ball at each venue, we also completed  a goal of mine and played catch together at all three sites.  At League Park, I caught one pitch from Alan next to the grandstands behind home plate.  At Progressive Field, I caught one pitch from Alan on the dirt track near the Indians dugout.  And at the Municipal Stadium site, I caught one pitch from Alan outside the University Hospitals Gate of Cleveland Browns Stadium.

When we played catch, Alan had me wear his glove and he threw me three strikes in three tries.  He also let me snap a photo of him before or after each toss (pictured below).  In the pictures he’s proudly wearing his Kipnis #22 shirt, which he debuted this weekend.  I was wearing a Lofton #7 jersey (pictured above).  Alan liked that we were both “in uniform.”

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Tribe Game No. 3 of 2014

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Today Alan and I were back at Progressive Field for another Tribe game!

Following the game, in his 4th career ‘Kids Run the Bases’ event, Alan had a true break-out performance.  Without any hesitation, Alan sprinted around the bases and finished with his fastest time by far!  It was the first time he did not want to hold my hand, and I had to run too just to keep up with him.

Prior to the main event of running the bases, Alan and I saw the new Jim Thome statue (pictured below), and also spent an hour in the Kids Clubhouse.  Alan patiently waited for his favorite ride-in police car, then had a blast with it until the game ended.  After Cody Allen nailed down a tight save for the Tribe, the race was on!

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