CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - The wait is over. The Cleveland Indians open the 2017 season Monday night on the road in Texas. They take on the Rangers starting at 7:05 p.m.
Ahead of the game, social media is buzzing with the #CapsOn campaign. The Tribe is urging fans to wear team gear all day and help boost excitement. The #CapsOn campaign is a partnership with Major League Baseball and all its teams.
"We want fans and celebrities to show us how excited they are about this season," said Joel Hammond, assistant director of communication for the Cleveland Indians. "In fact, we're giving away a pair of (home) opening day tickets today on our Twitter account. So, follow @Indians, (and) follow the instruction there. Essentially we'll want you to take a selfie with your Tribe hat on and tweet it out with the #CapsOn."
The home opener is April 11 when the Indians play the Chicago White Sox.
"Our season ticket base is the highest it's been since like '09," Hammond said. "So we've had tremendous interest this off season."
Three-minutes is all it took to sell out this year's home opener. If you're trying to get a seat at Progressive Field this season- don't wait.
"We have games in July and August, the Yankees, Blue Jays and the Tigers, where the lower bowl is already sold out," Hammond said. "So fans are going on Indians.com and they're finding just upper deck and some bleacher seats may be available."
Watching the action from home is an option, but Alec Greenwald said seeing the big moments up close can't be beat.
"I've been to a couple different baseball stadiums, but the energy in Progressive when it's a close game is unlike any other place I've been to," Greenwald said.
The support doesn't go unnoticed.
"Our players feed off of it," Hammond said. "We were 53 and 28 at home last year. We have incredible home-field advantage. We're hoping to continue that."
Fans can also look forward to new giveaways including four bobbleheads of Francisco Lindor, Jason Kipnis, Jose Ramirez and Terry Francona.
Popular promotions will also be returning.
"We've got our Dollar Dog Nights and our $2 beer nights on Friday and fireworks!" Hammond said.
Given the success of 2016 expectations this year are high and the everyone knows it.
"We want those to be high," Hammond said. "Now we just need to go out and execute on the field, and we think we have a good chance to do just that."