To cap an eventful day, tonight Alan and I made our return to Progressive Field for the first time in 2019! We stayed until the end and was treated to his very first walk-off victory when pinch hitter Tyler Naquin singled home Leonys Martin with two outs in the bottom of the 9th inning to beat the Mariners 2-1!
Alan started the night by picking up his Tribe Town MVP package for the season, which consisted of a membership badge and lanyard and a duffle bag, t-shirt, socks, and wall banner. We spent some time in the Kids Clubhouse, where Alan climbed the baseballs and got his customary orange popsicle.
Alan realized that at his age the Kids Clubhouse is beginning to lose its appeal, so we spent a larger proportion of our time outside on the Family Deck. After growing bigger and faster over the winter, Alan recorded his first set of sub-6 second times, with the fastest coming in at 5.82!
Alan also took advantage of short lines by getting a lot of hitting practice in at Little League Park, where he hit for the cycle and recorded the 2nd and 3rd home runs of his career. His first home run of the night was hit just fair down the left field line. At first it was ruled foul, but upon subsequent video review and slow motion analysis, I reversed the call on the field. His second home run of the night was a no-doubt-about-it blast. He rounded the bases with a big smile after that one.
Alan and I watched the 9th inning rally from the seats outside the Kids Clubhouse. Naquin’s famous walk-off inside-the-park home run from 2016 was shown on the jumbotron right before Naquin’s game-winning hit tonight. It was an exciting finish on a spooky, foggy night at the ballpark.
On our way out of the ballpark, Alan wanted to get on TV. The ballpark staff had already ushered fans away from the STO set, but we snuck over anyway while STO was airing Francona’s post game comments. I was able to hit record on my DVR through my phone while Francona spoke. When STO went back live, I told Alan to look up at the monitor to see himself on TV. 🙂
If Francona, who recorded his 562nd win as Indians manager to break a 5th place tie with Eric Wedge, had spoken 10 seconds longer, we might not have been able to dodge the ballpark staff long enough. But somehow I don’t think this will be the last time Alan’s tries to get on TV…