I had the opportunity to attend an event at Progressive Field last year on a non-game day. As I was leaving, I stopped to take some pictures of the field and the ballpark. I had almost forgotten about them until this morning, when I was on the treadmill at the Y and saw a segment about today’s home opener. They had some early morning shots of Progressive Field, lights on in the early morning gray.

Having grown up going to games (and working a summer as a beer and dog vendor) in the cavernous Municipal Stadium, Progressive Field can seem small compared to my memories. But devoid of people and players, it appears huge. An empty ballpark is not lonely. The home opener starts in a few hours, and Progressive Field will be filled to the gills with fans, vendors, players, and media. But for now, it’s a silent ball full of potential, like a flower bud getting ready to burst open. Happy home opener to you.

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The view from the Mezzanine. (Click to enlarge)

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The view from the right field seats. (Click to enlarge)

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The seats in right field, soon to be filled with the butts of loyal Tribe fans. (Click to enlarge.)


  • Jeremy C says:

    Fans entering the ballpark should be given a baseball aptitude test before being allowed to enter. While trying to enjoy my sacred holiday of opening day I was asked: “whos that guy for the yankees in right field?”. It was Vernon Wells in LEFT. Sometimes i enjoy it more when there are less but more loyal fans in the park

  • Susan Petrone says:

    At least the person didn’t ask “Who’s that guy DH-ing for the Yankees?”