By Roc Woodrum
CLEVELAND, Ohio -- It's been exactly 180 days -- Oct. 3 of last year to be precise -- since we've seen the Cleveland Indians play baseball.
The team plays its first game Tuesday, but the home opener is one week from Monday.
The team Monday was busy polishing the diamond from the field to the team shops and employees and groundskeepers were putting the final touches in preparation.
“The hype for this season has just been phenomenal," said Bob DiBiasio, vice president of public affairs for the Cleveland Indians."The bounce in our step not only within our front office, but obviously in the clubhouse and with our fans. This is one of the more excited people have been for the start of a season in a long time."
This winter, a new area was added. Right behind home plate is now seating for groups to watch the game as well.
“We took the top six rows out of the lower bowl, and put in a terrace deck," said DiBiasio. "And you will have tables and chairs instead of the normal ball park seats. Very special area for groups of 36."
It has been a long winter, but the team is confident that the field will be redone also.
“When we have opening day that field will be in perfect shape, it looks good," said DiBiasio. "There is no question the field looks good. They are doing the final prep. The sunshine that we are having helps a little bit as we move closer."
The team shops are also receiving preps. Employees are making sure everything is in order and displayed properly.
“We're stocked up with all your favorites: hats, t-shirts, behind me you can see Nick Swisher jerseys," said Joel Hammonds, communication coordinator for the Indians. "Those have been popular since he joined the team in December, so we are all ready to go with anything that Indians fans need."
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