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Remake of ‘Major League’ breaks out in stands at Indians game in Cleveland (pic)

On Wednesday, the Cleveland Indians were hosting division rival Chicago White Sox for an early season matinee at Progressive Field. As is often the case during April baseball games — not to mention Wednesday afternoon games while school is still in session and the temperature failed to get above 50 degrees, the stands were sparsely populated, as evidenced by the photo above. Reported attendance at Wednesday’s tilt was a paltry 9,072. Not pretty, but certainly not atypical for this time of year.

The chilly conditions at the ballpark, as described by The Columbus Dispatch:

Temperature at first pitch was 45 degrees with a 36-degree wind-chill factor. Winds were out of the north at about 20 miles per hour, and occasionally it drizzled. Gray clouds continually passed overhead, giving way to more gray clouds until the eighth inning, when the skies brightened, but not for the Indians.

Touché, sports writer. The White Sox got the best of the Indians, winning 10-6.

The image of the near-empty stadium pictured above is eerily reminiscent of some of the scenes from Major League featuring old Cleveland Stadium and how an apathetic fanbase hardly turned out in droves to watch as substandard product.

But Major League  was a work of fiction, the Cleveland Indians are a team on the rise and as the temperature warms and the MLB season makes its way into summer months, it should be expected that Indians fans will return to Progressive Field to watch their hometown ballclub. Even on Wednesday afternoons.

[H/T Hardball Talk]