CLEVELAND (92.3 The Fan) – Will Monday’s cold temperatures impact how the Indians play in the season opener against the Red Sox? The answer as you may guess depends on who you ask.
“It doesn’t really affect me one way or the other once you get out there” said opening day starter Corey Kluber. “You get plenty warm ahead of time. So once you get out there it’s a matter of putting a jacket on between innings.”
2nd baseman Jason Kipnis gave a hitter’s point of view jokingly saying “It sucks…It hurts when you get jammed.”
Indians SS Francisco Lindor was able to put a positive spin on the poor weather. “I want to be in the Playoffs. I want to be cold in April, and cold in October.”
A sense of excitement about Opening Day was very present at Progressive Field on Sunday.
“I’m not sure how something can be done over and over and over and yet be so wonderful” said Tribe manager Terry Francona.
Indians rookie outfielder Tyler Naquin added “It’s going to be exciting, there’s going to be a good crowd. I couldn’t be happier”
Even though Francisco Lindor is no longer a rookie he will be participating in his first Opening Day Monday. “I’m really excited. I’m really, really excited. It’s like my first game again. I’m really excited and I can’t wait. I can’t wait to see the fans again.”
It’s not only the young players that are excited. When asked about his feeling heading into Opening Day, Kipnis said “It’s just excitement. I’m looking forward to get in front of the big crowds again. Even the 30 degree weather isn’t going to deteriorate the excitement.”
The Indians also announced several roster moves this afternoon. They have purchased the contracts of both Marlon Byrd and Ross Detwiler from Columbus, have added Michael Brantley and Lonnie Chisenhall to the 15-day DL, and have designated Zach Walters and Giovanni Soto for assignment.