FUDU wrote:hermanfontenot wrote:FUDU wrote:What if they never built Progressive Field?
There'd be 50,000 at the Stadium on Friday night.
(I went to a game in 1986, the year the Indians won 84 games, where there were 72,000 in attendance. For a baseball game. Amazing.
C'mon now I was playing off of Swerb's set up, with the Indians worst marketing campaign in a long time the "what if" crap.
I remember a lot of Indian nation being a bit upset b/c the Jake was built for 40K instead of the 80K of the old Muni, LOL.
Herm you might remember this, IIRC 87 when we were competing (with Carter, Snyder etc...) and the Tribe won 10 in a row, wasn't there a few sell outs or close to it, I remember being at the Blue Jay game the 10th win or 11th maybe and the place was jam packed?
While the Jake is a great stadium I've been in about 8-9 of the newer built ones since Camden and I have to say once you're in em you can get the cookie cutter feel they have to them, IMO the uniqueness of some of them wears off.
Actually, you could make a case stadiums were more cookie cutter in the 70's/80's than they are now. Hell, Pittsburgh and Cincy were EXACTLY the same, and very similiar to several others. The only thing that differentiated many of them is they were dual use - like Municipal, which, while it was fantastic opening day and July 4th to draw 80,000, the fact of the matter was it was an awful, awful stadium for baseball.
And you younger guys could take something from the winning streak FUDU brings up, cause from the mid-70's, when pops was takin' me to games, thru the early nineties - almost 20 years - there are only TWO real things that could be considered noteworthy. (Which shows you just how pathetic the team was) 1. the streak in which guys like Butler and Tabler were getting curtain calls and 2. The ballyhooed debut of Greg "The Flounder" Swindell. (Remember running down to grab tickets when he was announced to get the nod at home that night - only to see the Tribe on the short end of a softball score, 24 to something, I believe. Brian Oelkers struggled out of the pen.) If I had to put a third Municipal memory, perhaps it was the trapezoid they constructed for Alex Cole.
So yes, the org. was a joke, in a joke stadium in regard to baseball. The Jake provided some relevance, and with perfect timing.