Tyler Glasnow and Josh Bell were my 2 main targets, but the Pirates had other plans. Glasnow was promoted a day before to make his MLB debut against the Cardinals, but has since been sent back down. I checked the Indians website on Friday morning to see if there were any other roster moves. As of 9:00 there was not, but by noon the Pirates called up Josh Bell. He is also rumored to be going back down to Indy after hitting a grand slam in his second game.
Even though the 2 best prospects were not going to be at the game, we still had a good time. We did arrive early enough to receive the Victory Field 20th Anniversary stadium replica. It even has working lights. We are keeping one, but have 3 others if anyone is interested in one. The Indians won the game 4 to 1 in a little less than 3 hours. The fireworks show was pretty good, lasting about 15 minutes. We also got a few autos during the 45 minute pregame team session.
Austin Meadows was on the 7 day DL, but still came out for the autograph session. His line was by far the longest. He was promoted to Indianapolis in the middle of June, but went on the DL shortly afterwards. My son and I were toward the front of his line and got these 2 cards signed. He was very nice and wished my son a happy birthday. My wife and daughter were toward the end of the line and got 2 balls signed. After signing for over 30 minutes, Meadows was still talkative with them and thanked them for coming. Class act for a 21 year old kid.