Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Play Ball!

It’s almost time. In two days, weather gods willing, the Cleveland Indians will open the 2019 season in Minneapolis against the Minnesota Twins.

Those of us who aren’t making the trip to Target Field, which I suspect is most of us, can enjoy the game from home, CLE on the Cheap style.

The Twins’ home opener against the Tribe begins at 4 p.m. EDT Thursday. A weekday afternoon game is a bit of a throwback, so maybe you’ll want to go old school and listen to the game on the radio. That would be WTAM 1100 in Northeast Ohio. You might be in the warmth of your own home, but when something exciting happens, Tom Hamilton’s call will give you chills.

If you want to see the game, though, you can tune in to Sports Time Ohio locally. This would be a good time to check whether switching from cable to a streaming service would bring Tribe games to your TV for a lower monthly fee.

And what’s a baseball game without snacks and beverages to sustain you through nine innings or more? A couple of beers or pops at the ballpark cost about as much as a six-pack you can buy at a store. Whatever your pleasure — hot dogs, nachos, peanuts, Cracker Jack — you can shop for it ahead of time and not have to go farther than your kitchen to get it on game day. Invite some friends over and have everyone bring something and you’ll shop and spend less.

Comfy seats, unobstructed views and short or no waits for the bathroom are among other advantages of watching this road game from home. You’re also spared the cost of tickets, lodging, transportation and those impulse-buy souvenirs.

The Indians’ first official game of the season is Thursday, but one of Cleveland’s unofficial holidays follows on Monday, April 1. That’s Opening Day at Progressive Field. Tickets for this game, which starts at 4:10 p.m. EDT, sold out weeks ago. If you didn’t get tickets, you can redeploy your road game strategy and watch on the cheap from home,


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