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The official time the first pitch of the Indians' 2019 home season is scheduled to be thrown Monday.

The game will be the 26th home opener at Progressive Field.

This year will be the team's 119th as a charter member of the American League.

And it will be the 27th consecutive home opener sellout dating back to the team’s final year at Cleveland Municipal Stadium.

The Indians will use Opening Day to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the ballpark on the corner of Carnegie and Ontario.

Wayne Kirby will throw the ceremonial first pitch to Indians Hall of Famer Sandy Alomar.

They are a part of history of the ballpark with Alomar recording the first Indians hit at then Jacobs Field. And on Opening Day 1994, Kirby’s 11th-inning, two-out single scored Eddie Murray to score a 4-3 win over the Seattle Mariners.

The Progressive Field 25th Anniversary Celebration will be June 22 with a replica ballpark giveaway planned. The Indians say they are just now celebrating the 25th anniversary since the team has traditionally celebrated such occasions the season following a milestone.

Spokesman Curtis Danburg said this season will feature the transformation — the first since the ballpark opened — of the club seat bar area.

The indoor space on the second level behind home plate is now dubbed the Discount Drug Mart Club.

The $6 million transformation includes moving the bar closer to the windows, 30 TVs, a new sound system and a drink rail so fans can stand and watch the game.

"We wanted to create more space," he said. "That's the No. 1 thing we heard from our fans."

Speaking of drinking, Miller Lite is now the ballpark's official domestic beer and Great Lakes Brewing Co. is the official craft beer.

The offerings from the Brew Kettle will be available in Discount Drug Mart Club.

As for other food and beverage offerings, Danburg said, there will be gourmet hot and cold coffee offerings from the Harvest and Grounds Coffee cart in Section 138.

Cleveland Kraut is setting up shop in the Right Field Corner and will offer special varieties of sauerkraut options as toppings.

The Fat Rooster will offer chicken and waffles on the concourse along the right field line.

In the Infield District in left field, Pasta Al Dente will allow hungry fans to pick their own sauce.

Barrio is opening a second stand in the ballpark in Section 529 in the upper deck.

It will also be a season full of giveaways and promotions with some centered around the sixth time Cleveland has hosted the All-Star Game.

For those keeping score at home, there are three bobblehead games, four jersey giveaways, 12 Sugardale Dollar Dog Nights and 13 fireworks nights, including two Rock 'N Blast events on July 12 and July 13.

The long list of promotional items and nights can be found at Indians.com/Promos.

The lineup of bobbleheads includes Francisco Lindor on May 25, Mike Clevinger on June 5 and fan favorite Sandy Alomar on Aug. 24.

For fans looking to add to their closet of team gear, the four free jerseys include Brad Hand on May 18, Lindor "Mr. Smile" jersey July 20, Carlos Carrasco jersey July 31 and the team's red alternate jersey Sept. 4.

The team is offering so-called summer party essential giveaways, including a Jose Ramirez cap June 12, a Pepsi freezer mug June 21 and bottle opener sunglasses on July 19.

Some fan favorites returning include 17 Pregame in the District nights presented by Miller Lite and Coors Light with discounted 12-ounce domestic beer cans two hours before first pitch in the Right Field District.

During All-Star week, the Play Ball Park will offer an interactive and immersive baseball and softball festival both inside and outside the Huntington Convention Center. The celebration will run from July 5 to 9.

The outdoor areas of Play Ball Park on the mall areas outside the convention center will be free to the public.

Fans will be able to play baseball and softball, hit in batting cages and participate in demos and drills. There will be appearances by former All-Stars, coaches and Olympians. Plans also include a zipline, food trucks and music.

Inside the convention center, fans can pay $25 for adults and $18 for seniors and children to see some of the All-Stars along with Hall of Famers.

There will be virtual reality exhibits, video game areas and exhibits from the National Baseball Hall of Fame, the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum and the Jackie Robinson Museum set to open in New York in December.

 

Craig Webb, who can't wait for a hotdog with some stinky onions topped with ballpark mustard, can be reached at cwebb@thebeaconjournal.com.