CLEVELAND -- One day didn't seem like enough, so the Indians began their Fourth of July celebration on Tuesday night. Rebecca Eden, a retired World War II nurse, threw out the first pitch prior to the game against the Angels, and the Brook Park Marine Color Guard was on hand. Fans also got to enjoy a postgame fireworks show set to patriotic music.
On Wednesday, the Indians recognized several military members, including Sgt. First-Class Brady Pugh from Columbus, Ohio, Capt. Shawn Robinson from Akron, Ohio, civilian employee Lori Bennett and First Lieutenant Joel Rivera. Robinson and Rivera are currently serving in Afghanistan.
Indians outfielder Johnny Damon has played on the Fourth of July many times, but he said each year is just as meaningful as the last.
"It's a great day," Damon said. "This country has become one of the best in the world because of what our forefathers did way back then. We're able to go out there and play, entertain and live in this free country. Hopefully there will be plenty of fireworks coming from our bats today."