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.