Team: Cleveland Indians – American League
Stadium Rank: 4.5 out of 5. The Jake itself was pretty sweet with a few unique features. First, most of the luxury boxes were jammed on the LF side, making for a large number of really good seats in RF. Second, the tall LF wall extends past CF. It’s almost a mini-green monster. And third, the pavilion in LF was great. We stood there for the entire game, leaning up against the railing with LF right below us. It’s a great view. And unlike Cinci, the city’s skyline is visible beyond CF. Cleveland’s skyline is pretty weaksauce, but it was still pretty cool. The only real negative was the concourses. They were tunnel style, so you were unable to see the game while walking around the park.
Atmosphere: 5 out of 5. It was a boisterous crown, instigated by that one guy in CF banging his drums all game. The LF pavilion was a great place to converse, drink, and watch the game all at the same time. It spills outside the park where bands play and people mingle pre game. In talking with people, you could tell the Jake was a popular destination for baseball fans. We met people from Buffalo, Pittsburgh, Cinci, and Indy who regularly visit the Jake. I guess a good team + a good ballpark = good times!
- Popp’s review of the hot dogs: “Tasted like the bun expired sometime in 2005 and the hot dog had been rotating on that stupid hot dog machine for 5 days....terrible!” Minus .5
- Drew Carey is a liar. And his show sucked. Cleveland didn’t necessarily rock. Minus .5 But…
- …the bar (1 block from park) called “Winking Lizard” did. Great wings and a beer list over 100 long. Add 1.
- The food/beer selection at the park was very unimpressive. Minus .5
- One guy in our group got a batting practice HR ball….Hanner got his fresh 20 oz beer spilled in the process. Add .5
Stadium: 4.5. Atmosphere: 5. Miscellaneous Garbage: Push.
Overall: 9.5 out of 10. Probably my favorite ballpark not named PNC.