Previously on Down in Front! – Peeved over the proliferation of foreign fans in some prime seats at Progressive Field, I set out to see if they really had taken over. I’m using my MLB.tv account to go through each home game from 2013 to look for visiting fans sitting right behind the lefty batter’s box. April’s results had 2 games with only Indians fans, 6 games with foreign fans, and 1 game with no visible fan apparel. Now let’s take a look at May…
The Tribe entered May like a lion, riding a three-game winning streak, but Windians fever had not kicked in for the folks in the expensive seats. There’s not a team cap of shirt to be seen
A two game sweep of the Phillies and the start of a weekend series with the Twins brought out some fans on the 3rd, but there is one pesky Twins hat spoiling the scene.
A Saturday in the sun brought out a mix of Cleveland team wear- the 70’s Tribe jersey, a Cardiac Kids shirt, and a Cavs shirt hiding a few rows back.
Sunday May 5th brought an end to a six-game win streak but Tribe fans continued their streak of keep foreign fans away!
Tuesday’s game with the A’s almost broke the streak of foreign-fan-free games, but it turned out the green A cap in the front row was not actually an A’s cap. Poor choice by that young man but plenty of other Indians fans to make up for him. I especially like the 1917 Indians hat with the white piping in the third row.
Wednesday May 8th saw the 9th win in 10 games for the Tribe and another victory for Indians fans- including our friend in the 1917 hat. May has been really rough on my hypothesis that these seats are usually filled with visiting fans…
A Thursday afternoon game saw a sweep for the Tribe and the fans. Not an Oakland fan in sight!
Two rainouts in April led to a rare doubleheader with the Yankees on May 13th. The Tribe & Yanks split on the field and in the seats as a Yankee fan snuck in for Game 2.
The Mariners came to Cleveland for a wrap-around series starting Friday May 17th, and the only fan to be seen was an Indians fan.
Saturday afternoon the crowd was treated to a Mark Reynolds walk-off infield single- the crowd that included a Mariners fan trying to get into Jason Kipnis’s head.
A familiar face showed up for Sunday’s game, wearing the same road gray jersey he wore back on May 5th. Could these be his seats??
It was suns-out-guns-out for this Tribe fan. The Indians swept the 4 game series with the M’s but the fans only took 3 out of 4.
A five-game winning streak and a match-up against the hated Tigers certainly didn’t fill this Tuesday May 21st crowd with Tribe pride. The only baseball apparel is a royal blue jersey that belongs to neither team. This poor showing poured onto the field too. Detroit 5 Cleveland 1.
Game two brought out the Tribe pride but a pair of Tiger fans just in front of Kipnis spoiled the fun.
The Indians stumbled back to Progressive Field on May 29th, having lost 7 of their last 8, including two in Cincinnati. The Reds came to Cleveland and so did their fans.
More invaders from the south filled the front rows but the Indians polished of a two-game sweep on the 30th!
The Tribe went out of May like a lamb, falling to the Rays 9-2 and allowing this guy in the front row.
It was a winning month of May on the field (18-12) and a winning month in the stands too. Indians fans filled our seat location in 10 games while foreign fans showed up for 7; the remaining two games saw no fan apparel. That puts our yearly total at 12 games for Indians fans, 13 for foreign fans, and 3 for duddy fans.
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