CLEVELAND -- Travis Hafner, aka "Pronk," already has a T-shirt and the adoration of the Cleveland faithful. And now he'll have his own mini-metropolis inside Jacobs Field. The Indians announced Friday that Wednesday, the mezzanine section located between the second and upper decks in right field, will be dubbed "Pronkville." Fans buying tickets in the mezzanine section that night will receive a free, size extra large "Pronkville" T-shirt, courtesy of SportsTime Ohio.
"It's pretty cool," Hafner said. "I'm a really big fan of the T-shirts they had made up. They fit into my wardrobe nicely." Hafner was given the nickname "Pronk" by then-teammate Bill Selby in Spring Training of 2003. It's a combination of "Project" and "Donkey." The 29-year-old Hafner has earned the loyalty of Indians fans with his hard-nosed, talented play. "It's nice that the fans like you," Hafner said. "I just think it comes down to the fans really like the team, and they like the way that the team plays. We're kind of a blue-collar, hard-working team, and I think the fans here relate to us." The second deck in right field has been one of Hafner's favorite targets. Most memorable was a 474-foot blast he hit into the mezzanine section June 14 of last year off Rockies pitcher Matt Anderson. Wednesday is also half-price night for high school and college students who can show a valid university ID. Students will be able to buy a ticket in the mezzanine section for $8. Fewer than 800 seats remain open in the mezzanine for Wednesday's game against the A's. Fans are encouraged to buy tickets to "Pronkville" in advance.
Andrew Bare is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.