The Cleveland Indians have been a Major League baseball team since their beginnings in 1901. Their name was chosen in 1914 based on the common nickname given them of the “Tribe” or the “Wahoos”. The Slider is their team mascot. Based out of their home in Ohio, the Indians have played in the Progressive Field beginning in 1994. During the spring, the Indians train in Goodyear, Arizona, at the Goodyear Ballpark. The Indians have proven their success by winning two World Series championships.
Mike Hargrove, a popular manager, was brought in on January 18, 2011, in an effort to assist the Cleveland Indians from a run of bad luck. The season started very strong until some injuries caused a lapse in their success. Jason Kipnis and Lonnie Chisenhall, a few minor leaguers, were brought in in order to substitute for the wounded players.
April 5, 2012 marked the opening of the 2012 season for the Cleveland Indians. Attendance at the Progressive Field broke all previous records for an opening day game. There were 43,190 fans watching to see to see how the Indians would fare against the Toronto Blue Jays. This game turned out to be the longest opening game by innings in the history of Major League Baseball.
The Indians definitely have their share of fans, selling out 455 home games in a row at Jacobs Field.