Why? Weekends!

One of my favorite answers to Why CLE? is at the corner of Ontario and Carnegie.  On Friday night, CLEguy and I were lucky enough to be invited to attend an Indians game in the new Social Media Suite.  As part of the Indians’ social media marketing strategy, the Social Media Suite hosts bloggers, tweeters, and fans, giving you a sweet (haha) perspective on the game.  But before the game, we headed to City Tap Cleveland for a beer and some apps with Hungry in Cleveland.  Although City Tap boasts an impressive selection of 40 draft beers, I was a bit apprehensive after Cleveland Food and Brews had a not-so-great service experience there.  And while the beers were great, I would agree that the servers were way overtaxed.  City Tap needs some more people on staff, especially to handle pre-game crowds.

That said, we enjoyed $1 off drafts and $4 appetizers on happy hour.  My new summer drink of choice is going to be the wonderful combo, suggested by our server, of Leinenkugel’s Summer Shandy and Berry Weiss.  Delicious!

From there, we headed over to the game.  I have always been a huge Indians fan.  In fact, I worked at Jacob’s Field when I was in high school.  So any opporutnity to spend time at the ballpark is always fun for me.  The view from the Social Media Suite was fantastic.  Even more fun was getting to hang out with other Tribe fans – Cleveland’s a Plum, JDDrake, radiantone7, and aclutter51.

The game was a nail-biter and in the bottom of the ninth with the bases loaded and the game tied, I might have been heard to say that it was OK if they just walked in a run. It doesn’t have to be pretty, it just has to be a win.  And then, well, Carlos Santana hit that beautiful grand slam.  It can be both pretty and a win for the Tribe!

After the game, Rob Campbell from the Indians had a surprise up his sleeve for us Social Media Suite folks.  We got to go down on the field and watch the fireworks from the visitor’s dugout.  Read that sentence again, then picture me jumping up and down on the field like a five-year-old. 

It was a perfect CLE night for a winning game and fireworks.  And as a huge Indians fan, who has so many amazing memories tied up with the team and the stadium, being down on the field was just amazing.  One of the CLE memories that truly took my breath away.
I can’t wait to see what the rest of this amazing Indians season brings for the team.  And hopefully, as the weather gets nicer and the team keeps winning, attendance will keep going up.  Get out there and support your team, CLE! 
After all that, the rest of my weekend seemed relatively quiet.  We had Easter Part 2 with CLEguy’s family on Saturday, which meant more time doting on his absolutely precious niece. 
On Sunday, I had an alumnae dinner with my sorority chapter at John Carroll University.  The dinner is to welcome graduating seniors into alumnae life.  It’s a really neat way to reach out and make these young women aware of a social network that exists for them in CLE.  Personally, I think one of the most important ways to get people to stay in CLE is to make them feel a part of something, make them understand that they have connections here.  This dinner is one way to help these graduating seniors see that.  Plus, it’s both fun and scary to go back as an alum to a dinner I attended when I was graduating – fun to have that connection and scary to think how many years ago that was!
Hope you all had a great weekend!  What new answers to Why CLE? did you discover?
***Disclosure: I was invited to attend the Indians game on Friday in the Social Media Suite.  I was provided two tickets, for me and a guest.  The opinions in this post are 100% my own.***

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