Going through my storage unit this evening, I came across this gem, pictured to your right. A 1983 Cleveland Indians program. Notice the price of this program was one dollar. With opening day 2007 just around the corner I will tell about memories of the 1982 opener. My older brother gave me two tickets and I took my younger brother with me, as Mrs74WIXYgrad is definitely not a baseball fan. I don't go to too many ball games nowadays as I have to get up very early to go to work, so getting tickets anytime is a treat.
Anyway back to the game. It was very cold that day, and fans were having snowball fights in the stands. About the seventh inning, somebody was walking up the ramp to go to the upper deck and dropped their beer. Guess who the beer hit?
The tribe played the Texas Rangers that afternoon. Buddy Bell played third base for the Rangers and he hit two home runs against his old teammates. The big star for the Indians those days was first baseman-designated hitter Andre Thornton. He was coming back from knee surgery and had a bad day at the plate that afternoon. the fans booed him relentlessly, chanting "We want Joe", as in Charboneau. "Super Joe " had his season in the sun, 1980, and everything was downhill from there for him. And on top of all that Texas won the game.
The following Monday, Pete Franklin blasted the fans for their behavior and especially getting on Thornton.