In a city overflowing with sports entertainment options, your home town baseball squad submits a compelling option tonight at 7:10pm.
Either in person at Progressive Field, over the old-timey airwaves along with Tom Hamilton or on your digital viewing device of choice, The Cleveland Indians will be playing approximately three hours and 26 seconds* of Major League quality baseball in a pitched battle for first place in the American League Central.
The Indians host the streaking Kansas City Royals for a four game set beginning tonight at 7:10pm. Carlos Carrasco makes his return to the rotation after suffering a hamstring injury during his last start on Sunday, April 24th against Detroit. Through four starts, Carrasco stands at 2-0 with a 2.45 ERA. He hopes to settle 1/5th of the rotation as both Mike Clevinger and Cody Anderson have faltered.
The Royals are heating up with the weather having won their last six and now stand 2.5 games ahead of the third place Indians in the AL Central. Tonight, the Royals send fire-balling Yordano Ventura to the bump. Ventura has seen a jump in his ERA this season and currently stands at 4-3, 5.17 and leads the American League in walks with 33.
Here at IPL, our staff (and presumably our readership) obviously exhibits a strong level of attraction to anything baseball, but even the hardiest of fans may be at least momentarily curious to see some of Game 1 of the NBA Finals tonight. So let’s take a moment to examine the options with which one has to consume baseball tonight, if you so desire.
Progressive Field: Hey, the Corner Bar in right field will be showing the Cavs on at least two of their big screen TVs once the game starts at 9. I was at
the Jake the Prog several times throughout the previous rounds and there was a strong cheering section each time in the Corner.
Pros: Fulfill your sports fantasy by watching a Cavs game while attending an Indians game. All of your craft beers needs will be met.
Cons: If you want to watch the Cavs at a bar, you can probably find one that doesn’t charge you for a ticket to get in and then another $12 per large beer.
Radio: What better soundtrack of summer can there by than baseball on the radio? Put Tom Hamilton on in the background while you mow the lawn and put the kids to bed, and then put the Cavs game on mute on TV until the Tribe wraps things up before half time.
Pros: You can blissfully silence the incessant talking heads on the NBA broadcast for an hour or so. They’ll have plenty of time to talk about all of the brutal ways that Cleveland sports has come up painfully short in the past few decades.
Cons: Tom Hamilton may make you leap off of your sofa with a blistering home run call just as Steph Curry cuts out the Cavs guts with a deep three to beat the three-point-clock. You’ll be very confused.
TV (STO): The unlikeliest of options after 9pm. What are you going to do, put the Cavs game on the radio while you mute the STO broadcast? Baseball is the better radio sport, and basketball is more TV-friendly than baseball.
Pros: None, as long as Joe Tait remains retired
Cons: As summarized above, Tom Hamilton > Rick Manning.
TV (MLB At Bat): Oh, nevermind. MLB At Bat remains blacked out in the local market. Glad I pay $109.99/year to watch every team EXCEPT the Indians.
OK, enough shenigans. First pitch is in a few minutes. Here’s the line-ups:
*Average MLB game time in 2016, 3:00:26, is up by 4 minutes over 2015 so far.