Kevin Costner takes infield, BP Sunday at Progressive Field
Prior to Sunday’s game against Minnesota, actor Kevin Costner suited up in full Cleveland Indians gear for live batting practice.
Progressive Field marks the 10th baseball stadium Costner has visited for pre-game warmups, he told reporters after taking BP.
“I was actually glad I made contact because I haven’t swung in a couple years,” he said. “I thought my chances of swinging through the ball were just as good as fouling it off.”
Costner, who has acted in numerous films — including baseball classics “Bull Durham” and “Field of Dreams” — explained the process involved in shooting such movies.
“The trick is you have to avoid the baseball [and] get it right when you do put it on screen,” he said. “It still has to be a boy-girl movie, or it’s not a movie. It still has to be about people, and the backdrop of football or baseball is what we play; you keep that ambiance.”
Costner has spent much time in Cleveland during the filming of “Draft Day,” which is scheduled to be released in 2014. In the film, Costner plays a Browns general manager struggling to acquire the No. 1 pick in the NFL Draft. He has previously visited Cleveland to participate in press tours and meet up with friends and fellow band members.
“Cleveland’s been great to me; I like the town. I told my wife how fun it is to be able to walk around,” he said.
Costner said he has a special place in his heart for the city of Cleveland because he has maintained friendships with Cleveland natives for more than 25 years.
The least he can do, he said, is get his buddies tickets to attend a game together.
“That seems to be what I’m good for,” he joked.
Before he moved to his seats, Costner predicted an Indians win, claiming he was undefeated in his previous four Tribe games this season.
“I’ve been to three or four games, and they’ve won every one of them,” he said. “I really think this team could win the division. They have a couple of good pieces of DNA. One of them is that they come from behind; not all teams can do that.
“They’ve got the right amount of athletic arrogance to do that. If they just make up their mind they’re going to go to somebody else’s gym and beat them up that will be a difference. I think they can run Detroit down, and I think they can play.”
–TribeVibe contributor Megan Golden; photos by Dan Mendlik and Kyle Emery