Home stadium: Progressive (PGR - Get Report) Field
Average March 31 temperature: 40 degrees
Indians fans must have loved hearing Texas Rangers third baseman Michael Young tell USA Today last year that he's glad the 2011 season's starting early because "watching the playoffs last year, you saw guys freezing out there in New York." What does New York know from freezing?
Back in 1997 -- you know, that year in the late 1990s when the Yankees weren't in the World Series -- the Indians played in the coldest World Series game ever against the Florida Marlins. It was in Cleveland, it was on Oct. 22 and it was a blistering 38 degrees.
Now, because Derek Jeter can't find his neck warmer, the Indians have to play their home opener during a time of year that's equally frigid and just off of Lake Erie. The Indians open Progressive Field on April 1, but you could spot them an extra week and their fans would still be spotting ice floes on the Cuyahoga River. In fact, Cleveland joined Milwaukee in a two-way tie for the second-coldest Opening Day in the past decade when the game-time temperature plummeted to 34 degrees. Unlike those softies in Wisconsin, however, Clevelanders couldn't just close the roof and crank up the heat. Clevelanders learned this firsthand in 2007, when it had a four-game series snowed out and cold weather forced it to move another three-game series -- to Milwaukee.We just can't believe the MLB would do this to Cleveland after fans watched Cy Young Award-winning pitchers Cliff Lee and C.C. Sabathia and All-Star catcher Victor Martinez leave and endured yet another playoff-free season from the Browns. We won't even mention the woeful Cavaliers or that guy they had the big poster of who left for warmer climates. That would be just too cold.