Mike Hargrove will throw out the first pitch to Sandy Alomar Jr. as part of next Friday's festivities for the Indians home opener at Progressive Field against the Minnesota Twins.
The Tribe's 21st home opener at the corner of Ontario and Carnegie will take place 20 years to the day of the first regular-season game at the ballpark, which was known then as Jacobs Field. Hargrove was the manager and Alomar was the catcher in that game against the Mariners, which was won by the Tribe in 11 innings on a Wayne Kirby single. In a list of the Top 10 moments at Progressive Field, that is seventh. Alomar got the Indians first hit with a single in the eighth which broke up Randy Johnson's bid for a no-hitter.
Gates to Progressive Field gates will open at 1 p.m., which is two hours before first pitch, and the team is encouraging fans to be in their seats by 2:30 p.m., which is when pregame activities will start. Included in those are:
--A video tribute to the first game at then-Jaco...