This year’s home opener sold out in 6 minutes on Feb. 25, marking the 21st consecutive home opener sellout and the 20th at Progressive Field, which opened in 1994. It was one of the fastest sellouts in Indians history.
Was it playing our nemesis, the New York Yankees that created this sellout frenzy? Maybe part of it was, but Cleveland fans are always there, giving one for the team. We’ve sat through home openers that were held in biting cold weather, snow, rain, sleet. You name it, Indians home openers are always flooded with fans.
And even if you’re not a baseball fan, you likely heard the Tribe lost to the Yankees. But knowing Indians fans, and being a fan myself, I’m quite sure we’ll be back there cheering the team — and some really good players such as Michael Bourn (OF), Nick Swisher, (1B/OF), Brett Myers (P), Drew Stubbs (OF), Mark Reynolds (1B), Trevor Bauer (P) — on, up until the last pitch is thrown at the end of the season.
That energy, that enthusiasm, is contagious. I’ll bet everyone who was in town for the Tribe’s home opener felt it, and was pumped up by the activity around them. That’s Cleveland fans. That’s who we are.
Now, I challenge you to take that same energy and enthusiasm into work every day. Can you imagine what that might create?
ONE FINAL THOUGHT…
Believe me, I know that every day can’t be a home opener, or a solid winning streak, and sometimes it’s going to “rain” on your well-planned campaign. But I truly believe that attitude plays a big role in creating a positive outcome — even if it’s something as simple as being in an encouraging environment with your co-workers.