Last year’s Tribe season featured the stadium name change as well as a '70s weekend.There were psychedelic CC Sabathia bobbleheads, 1970s-era baseball caps and a special guest appearance by Squiggy from Laverne and Shirley.
Given the team’s appreciation for all things chronological, this year will feature … an '80s weekend. This Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday will see the Indians channel their inner Pat Corrales, providing all fans with a little turn-back-the-clock experience to the days of Twisted Sister, Rubik’s Cubes and hair crimping. It also happens to be the decade that saw the Indians finish no higher than fifth out of seven divisional teams, comprised of exactly two winning records!
If you feel like catching some fireworks with the 4th of July right around the corner, Friday night will provide you with just what you’re looking for — but with an '80s twist. Saturday will not only give all fans in attendance a special Shin-Soo Choo '80s bobblehead (complete with a Simon platform), but the movie Major League will play on the Jumbotron following the game. All kids 14 and under on Sunday will get a reversible Grady Sizemore jersey that features the styling of 1988 as well as 2009. And we cap it all off with “Major League Monday” that features none other than the ever-coveted Ricky Vaughn bobblehead.
This is a pretty key weekend in terms of whether the Indians will be forced to turn into sellers as the season progresses. Thankfully, they will be doing their best to mask the actual play by showering us with giveaways. —Scott Sargent