Those who have ever attended a Cleveland Indians game at Progressive Field or caught the Tribe playing a home matchup via television have likely heard superfan John Adams banging on his massive bass drum in the bleachers. As Mandy Bell explained for the MLB website last month, though, Adams will miss his first home opener since 1973 due to health issues and concerns linked with the COVID-19 pandemic when Cleveland welcomes the Kansas City Royals to town on Monday.
Never fear, though, as a local icon is stepping in to help fill a void.
Per the Associated Press (h/t ESPN), Black Keys drummer and lifelong Cleveland fan Patrick Carney will take Adams' place and bang the drum for the home team on Monday afternoon.
"When I found out that John Adams wouldn't be able to make Opening Day in Cleveland for the first time in almost 50 years, I reached out to the team," Carney said. "I share John's love of baseball and the Cleveland Indians franchise, and drumming for him during the home opener when he can't physically be there feels like a meaningful way to show John the love and respect he deserves.
"I want to be there for John."
Cleveland fell to the Detroit Tigers on Thursday to begin the season. The two sides meet again on Saturday.