Here's what it's like to see two Wild Card games in two days, Part 2: Cleveland
MLB.com's Dave Feldman hit the road to attend both Wild Card games, chronicling his journey just for you! Click here for PART 1.
After experiencing the NL Wild Card Game in Pittsburgh on Tuesday, my next stop was the AL Wild Card Game between the Rays and Indians in Cleveland. True story: Cleveland is only about a two-hour drive from Pittsburgh. Let the road trip begin.
Cue the obligatory driving while taking photo shots!
Anddd I'm in Cleveland. did you know that they refer to Cleveland as "Tribetown" and that Tribetown LIVES FOR OCTOBER? Because if you didn't, here's an 800-foot sign to tell you exactly that.
After yesterday's Brunch Burger, I made it a priority to keep things healthy today.
Whoa! How'd that get in there? Meant to put this in…
This is the press credential they gave me at Progressive Field. Note the lack of lanyard (as mentioned in Part I). Note the artistry of the roving reporter at work as he frames the iconic Indians scoreboard casually in the background, carefully crafting a serene setting for the reader.
They let me on the field during batting practice. For me, this somehow meant "Dave, go take as many photos as possible of players standing next to the batters box doing nothing."
As game time approaches it's time to walk around the stadium and take photos of crazily dressed fans when you think they won't notice you taking photos of them.
It's a science, really. Now, let's get to the food. I asked a few locals around what is the No. 1 thing I need to try in the park. They all said the mustard. I did not see this coming. Apparently Bertman's Ball Park Mustard is somewhat of a religious experience in Cleveland. It looks exactly like this.
And tastes like it was melded together by the most angelic rust belters ever to grace this earth.
Note the mustard on the hot dog. Note the dangling of a certain press credential worn on my wrist due to lanyard lackage.
Anyway, the view from the Auxiliary Press Box in Cleveland is great. Except for the protective cage that makes you think Stone Cold Steve Austin is about to smash your head with a chair from behind at any moment.
As you know, things didn't turn out so hot for the local Tribetowners, as the Rays downed the Indians, 4-0. This means no crazy post-game fan shots.