A Dream of Fields 9: The Cleveland Indians

The theme song for The Drew Carey Show insisted that “Cleveland Rocks.” Based on my trip there in 2000, yeah, it absolutely rocks.

Sunday, June 25, 2000, 1:05pm

Jacobs Field


Cleveland Indians 2, Detroit Tigers 1

About a month or so before this game, my then-wife, who was a high school music teacher at the time, told me about a wonderful professional development opportunity for her. There was a week-long seminar on the history of rock music at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland. It was designed mostly for music teachers and history teachers in the way it connected the direction popular music took in response to the times. English teachers were also welcome to take it, as lyrics often wax poetic. I’m a science teacher, so it wasn’t really geared for my kind—even though I’m a big fan of music in general. It rocks!

The idea of having the house to myself for a week was pretty cool, but then she told me the dates, and our second wedding anniversary fell right in the middle of the seminar. That bummed me out…until she revealed that she had registered me for the seminar also! That totally rocked!

The package included shuttle service to and from one of a few (I think) hotels, so we didn’t have to rent a car. The other people taking the seminar were all teachers so was collegial atmosphere developed. And my collegial, I mean that we acted like we were in college. We went out every night (Cleveland has a nightlife!) and stayed out late. Little cliques formed among the seminar takers, and I think we found ourselves in one of the party cliques. It totally rocked!

We took time out from partying to go out on the night of our anniversary. Even though we were exhausted from staying out almost every night, the main presenter for the seminar was engaging and extremely knowledgeable. He would soon leave the Rock Hall to become the head curator of the soon-to-open Experience Music Project (EMP) in Seattle. SPOILER ALERT: That detail will be important in a later entry in this series. And we had two afternoons of free time to wander around the Rock and Rock Hall of Fame. If you’ve never been there, you really should go. It rocks!

This trip was planned for me, and I looked at it as a great anniversary getaway. Sure, I enjoyed the seminar immensely, and she definitely got a lot of valuable information from it. But I had one stipulation to add: having no idea when I’d ever return to Cleveland, we had to go see an Indians game. Turns out, they were away for the entire week, except for the final game of a home series on Sunday afternoon—the day before the seminar. Whew, close calls rock!

No problem. We booked an early flight out of Providence that morning. I had an irrational fear of flight delays thwarting my opportunity, just as the Indians chance for a World Series victory had been thwarted by the Florida Marlins in 1997. The hotel happened to be within walking distance of Jacobs Field (as it was called then), and though we couldn’t yet check into our room, we were able to leave our luggage. Everything worked out. Everything rocked!

I don’t remember much about the game. We sat in direct sunlight, and I got a sunburn. Jacobs field is beautiful, however. It was among the first few in the wave of new ballparks of the era. Not as awesome as Camden Yards in Baltimore, and nowhere near as gorgeous as the soon-to-open new park in Pittsburgh (SPOILER ALERT), but still a nice place. The home team win streak continued, so that rocked!

But when I look back at this entry of the Dream of Fields, I remember the nightlife and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame more. Sure, the baseball field rocked, but the overall trip was more. It not only rocked…

It rolled too!

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Check out the other posts in this series:

  1. Boston Red Sox
  2. Minnesota Twins
  3. Los Angeles Dodgers
  4. Baltimore Orioles
  5. Montreal Expos
  6. New York Mets
  7. Philadelphia Phillies
  8. New York Yankees


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