Bunches and bunches of balloons. A flag cut out in the shape of the United States. Bob Feller throwing out a first pitch to catcher Sandy Alomar
The Indians grand pre-game lineup presentations were rather over the top for a home opener that wasn't a season opener, much more suited for a playoff game than a team that has started the season 2-4 and will be lucky to finish with a .500 record.
None the less, the loudest response from the fans packed in the stands at Progressive Field came when Alomar and right fielder Shin Soo Choo were introduced. One lady held up a sign that read: Welcome to the house that Sandy built.
In the bottom of the first inning, another loud CHOOOOOOOO! chant broke out when Choo launched a 407-foot homer to right center field with two outs to give the Tribe a 1-0 lead.
Signing Choo to a long-term contract extension has got to be one of the Indians top priorities behind the scenes, even as it means having to deal with new agent Scott Boras.
Choo isn't eligible for arbitration until next season and is under the team's control through 2013.
So, the battle is on between the Indians (who like to lock up their their best young players with long deals) and Boras (who will likely steer Choo to play out his current contract so he can then hit it big on the open market via free agency).