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Standing On Guard: What to Look Forward to this Season



It's been the usual lackluster start to a season for Cleveland baseball fans. The Guardians are around .500 through the first three weeks struggling mightily offensively with so-so pitching that's resulted in less than favorable results on the field.


However with over 140 games left to go, there's much to look forward to this spring and summer as Guardian fans. Here's a list of 12 reasons to get excited for the 2023 season at the ballpark and on the field:


The Promotions Schedule


There are nine Sugardale Dollar Dog Nights and 16 Firework nights which includes two Rock 'N' Blast dates upcoming this season at Jacobs Field (note: I always refer to Progressive Field as its former name Jacobs Field or "The Jake.")


As for giveaways there's a Triston McKenzie jersey (June10), Andres Gimenez bobblehead (June 24), Jose Ramirez Reversible Bucket Hat (July 8), Steven Kwan bobblehead (July 22),Guardians Hall of Fame Bobblehead (August 19), and an Emmanuel Clase Bobblehead (September 2).


Lastly, starting in late May, every Friday there's a promotion called, "Free Shirt Fridays", where the first 12,500 fans will get a free shirt.


For more info and the full schedule visit: CLEGuardians.com/promos




The Newly Inserted Balanced Schedule


For the first time since interleague play began back in 1997, a balanced schedule has been introduced in Major League Baseball. This means that each ballclub with face off against all 29 opposing teams throughout the season, including all 15 interleague opponents.


For the Cleveland Guardians this means the following teams from the National League will be playing at Jacobs Field in 2023: Miami Marlins (April 21--23), Colorado Rockies (April 24--26), St. Louis Cardinals (May 26--28), Milwaukee Brewers (June 23--25), Atlanta Braves (July 3--5), Philadelphia Phillies (July 21--23), Los Angeles Dodgers (August 22--24), and the Cincinnati Reds (September 26--27).


New Food Options at Jacobs Field


In recent years, Jacobs Field has greatly upgraded their food options for fans who are looking for more than a bland hot dog or slice of pizza. Here's a few new additions at the ballpark for 2023:


  • Melt buffalo chicken mac and cheese bowls at Melt Bar and Grilled

  • Pimento cheese and bacon burgers at Build a Burger

  • Hot honey chicken tenders at Fat Rooster

  • Crab Rangoon nachos at Loaded Nachos

  • Mac and cheese briskets at Throwin' Smoke BBQ

  • "Wild Thing" vegan hot dogs at Happy Dog, featuring vegetable chili, shredded cheddar, diced onions, and Flamin' Hot Cheetos

  • Noodle bowls at Down The Line Bowls, featuring Asian sauce, red pepper, carrots, Napa cabbage, and optional ginger chicken

Ballpark Passes


Another new option for fans in 2023 is the ballpark pass which is a monthly $49 fee that gives you access to ALL home games for a month accessing standing room only areas. For more info visit:



Jose, Jose, Jose!


Easily the face of the franchise, Jose Ramirez is back fully healthy and in the prime of his career at the age of 30 in 2023. He is a perennial All-Star and MVP candidate who by season's end proves to be one of the top players in all of baseball.


He's a team leader who wills the Guardians to victory; the heart and soul of Cleveland baseball whose here for many more seasons to come! Let's enjoy watching him play!


Young Promising Arms on the Rise


Few franchises have the pitching prospects the Cleveland Guardians do in their farm system. Tanner Bibee is one of the most arms whose skyrocketed through the minors set to make his ML debut within a month or two.


Gavin Williams, the 2021 1st round pick, is currently on the Akron Rubberducks, and has the stuff to be an outstanding number 2 starter for Cleveland (if not an ace); he might get a look by season's end.


The lefty Logan T. Allen, is most likely the next call-up from the minors and could give us a reliable arm from the left side of which this franchise hasn't seen in many years.


Then there's the number one prospect, Daniel Espino, who have an electric arm, but has sidelined with injuries. Once he returns back to the mound, he has the potential to an ace for the ballclub as soon as 2024 with a late season callup possible for 2023.


Gold Glove Defense


Albeit the defense has struggled in the early part of 2023. But as the season progresses along, one of the strengths of this team should be the defense; especially the outfield.


Both Steven Kwan and Myles Straw won Gold Gloves at left and center field last season. Rookie Will Brennan is also an outstanding defender now playing in right field.


The young and talented Andres Gimenez also won a Gold Glove at 2nd base in 2022, daily making highlight reel plays while Jose Ramirez is a top notch 3rd basemen defensively as well. Many web gems are set to be made this season!


Single Game Suite Reservations


For the first time in franchise history, fans can purchase various suite locations online for a single game. For more information on making individual game suite reservations, visit: https://www.mlb.com/guardians/tickets/premium-seating/individual-game-suites


Tito Is Committed to Managing this Team


Terry Francona is the reigning American League manager of the year proving again last season that he is indeed the best manager in the game in leading the youngest team in baseball to the 2022 ALDS.


Now the winningest manager in franchise history and in his 11th season with the ballclub, Tito has made it clear that as long as his health holds up---he's committed to seeing this young, new squad reaches its fullest potential and hopefully bring a World Series championship back to Cleveland for the first time since 1948.



Cashless Concessions and In-Seat Vendors


A new feature at the Jake in 2023 is cashless concessions and in-seat vendor options. Now half of the concession stands are cashless making for much faster moving lines at the ballpark. Also most in-seat vendors will be cashless. Those who are cashless will wear yellow while vendors who still accept cash are going to wear green.


A Young, Talented Team Who Plays with Heart and Hustle


The signature style of play for the Guardians last season made them a fun, exciting team to watch. A team that compiled the most last-at-bat wins in franchise history (more than the 1995 ballclub) with a never say die attitude, taking the extra base, putting the ball in play, stealing bags, and putting pressure on the defense.


The 2023 Cleveland Guardians may not be the most talented team in baseball, but they a team that's easy to root for with a full roster of likeable, young ballplayers.


The Potential of a Playoff Push, Pennant Chase


The odds are by season's end the Cleveland Guardians will be in the thick of a pennant chase for the American League Central division crown. In the past decade, Cleveland has made the playoffs six times and won the division four different occasions (2016--2018, 2022).


Only once has the team failed to post a winning record (2021) and Francona missed the final two months of that season (Cleveland finished with a record of 80--82).


While more times than not the Guardians struggle out the gate, they're red hot down the stretch when it matters most. Barring a lot of setbacks and injuries there's good reason to expect an exciting push for the playoffs and another October to remember in 2023!


Support This Team


There's a lot to anticipate and get pumped up for this season as Cleveland Guardian fans. And for the next several years with the upgrades to Jacobs Field set to begin in 2024 and a ton of talented, top notch prospects set to make their debut in the near future.


So why not make a few trips to the ballpark this season and support the local nine?! May we together stand on guard for what hopefully is a fun, exciting new era of Cleveland baseball at the corner of Carnegie and Ontario. Let's make Cleveland rock once more!!





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