CLEVELAND -- You can take the name off the façade, but you can't take the charm out of the park. The ballpark we took into our hearts as Jacobs Field is now known as Progressive Field. And while the name might take some time to get used to, the facility hasn't lost any of its appeal. If you don't believe us, just take it from the folks at MensFitness.com.
The Web site lists Progressive Field as one of its "10 big league parks worth seeing this summer." It specifically points out the Friday night fireworks shows, the fantastic sight lines and, of course, that famed Ballpark Mustard at the concession stands. "No matter what you call it," writes Devin Pratt, "this stadium offers the total fan experience." The Indians have made attempts to enhance that experience in the years since Jacobs Field first opened its gates in 1994. The additions of the Batter's Eye bar, Heritage Park and the newly constructed Party Deck in the right-field corner are entertainment options that go beyond the game on the field. "It's hard to believe, but this is our 15th year in this park," Indians vice president of public relations Bob DiBiasio said recently. "We've had to continually reinvent the facility to respond to the changing needs of our customers." And judging by this latest bit of national publicity, The Jake, The Pro or whatever you want to call it has had its share of satisfied customers.
Anthony Castrovince is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.