Urban Meyer Visits Progressive Field
Ohio State University head football coach Urban Meyer and his sons, Jack and Nate, spent the day at Progressive Field on Monday. The Meyers toured the Indians Clubhouse, battled Indians pitcher Joe Smith in ping pong, and took batting practice in the indoor batting cages.
TribeVibe: How has your experience at Progressive Field been thus far?
Urban Meyer: It’s a little bit of a time warp because I grew up about 40 miles east of here. We used to come and watch the Cleveland Indians all the time in the old stadium. I was always a big Indians fan when Rick Manning and Duane Kuiper and all those guys were playing, so it’s just great to be back here.
TV: What’s your best memory of coming down to watch an Indians game as a kid?
UM: One of my dreams was that I got drafted by the Atlanta Braves, but when I came here when I was young, when I was 17 years old—a senior in high school—they invited me up here to eat. They took me on the field and said, ‘You’re going to be the next shortstop for the Cleveland Indians.’ It didn’t work out, but obviously that’s how excited I was.
TV: Do you have a favorite player on the Indians?
UM: I just have a following going. I’m a big Lowe fan. I’ve just watched him for so many years.
TV: Did you know Lowe would be starting tonight when you planned this visit?
UM: I just found out, and I’m all excited.
TV: Your son is throwing out tonight’s first pitch. Is he a Cleveland Indians fan?
UM: He’s actually a Tampa Bay Rays fan. He’s a tough one. All he knows is Florida, but he loves the Indians. He’s still learning about them.
TV: How would you describe Cleveland fans?
UM: I know Cleveland fans very well because I was here for all those years with the Browns and Indians. The Indians weren’t very good when I was growing up. The Browns were pretty good. [The fans] are passionate; they’re the craziest fans I’ve ever seen. I’m glad to see the Indians doing so good this year. It’d be great for Ohio if the Indians had a good run.
TV: What are you looking forward to most at Ohio State this coming fall?
UM: I’ll be coaching at a place I’ve followed since I was a little kid — Ohio State. I’m anxious to get back. I took a year off, so I’m anxious to get back into it, just anxious to get back on the sideline.
-Megan Golden, TribeVibe contributor