The Cleveland Indians announced on Friday a full slate of festivities leading up to first pitch at 4:10PM Friday, April 6, the team’s 2018 home opener at Progressive Field. All gates open at 2 p.m.
The game, the Tribe’s 25th Home Opener at Progressive Field, marks the 118th as a charter member of the American League, and the 26th consecutive Home Opener sellout dating back to the team’s final year at Cleveland Municipal Stadium.
There will be a pregame ceremony to celebrate the 2017 American League Central Division Championship team, during which the AL Central Division Pennant will be unveiled. The team will also be recognized for its 22-game win streak, Corey Kluber’s second Cy Young Award, Francisco Lindor and Jose Ramirez’s Silver Slugger Awards.
Rocky River native Red Gerard is set to throw out the first pitch. Red became the youngest snowboard Olympic gold medalist, winning the slopestyle at the 2018 PyeongChang Olympic Games.
Recognized as one of the greatest university bands in the country, The Ohio State University Athletic Band will perform the national anthem. They will also perform the official rock song of Ohio, “Hang on Sloopy,” live during the game.
The team will honor all esteemed branches of the United States military, as members of the United States Marines, Army, Navy, Coast Guard and Air Force will present the colors. 250 employees from Progressive, the presenting partner of the club’s Opening Series, will unveil a giant American flag from 50 Star Productions.
Fans can stop by the Right Field District Block Party starting at 2 p.m. for live pregame entertainment.