Cleveland Indians Opening Day: Festivities, guests part of grand slam lineup

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CLEVELAND– They really knocked this one out of the park! The Cleveland Indians announced on Monday its festivities and guests for Opening Day on Monday, April 4.

The Black Keys drummer and Akron native, Patrick Carney, will throw out the ceremonial first pitch; opera singer, William Clarence Marshall, will sing the national anthem, and Indians alumni, Travis Hafner, Kenny Lofton and Bill Selby will take part in pregame festivities.

The alumni will be recognized for the following moments:

  • Selby’s walk-off grand slam off Mariano Rivera in 2002; Selby’s first and only career walk-off hit and grand slam, giving the Indians a 10-7 win against the Yankees;
  • Hafner’s game-winning walk-off single during the American League Division Series “bug game” in 2007, giving the Indians a 2-1 win over the Yankees and a 2-0 series lead;
  •  Lofton’s catch in center field to rob B.J. Surhoff of a home run on August 4, 1996, and Lofton’s game-winning run in the team’s 12-run comeback against Seattle in 2001

The Indians will also honor all branches of the U.S. military, with members of the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines and Coast Guard presenting the colors.

If you’re heading down to the big game, gates open at 2 p.m. with the first pitch at 4:10 p.m.

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