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Tribe Broadcaster Jim Rosenhaus talks about a special day for the Voice of the Tribe Tom Hamilton as his son Nick plays in a Major League Spring Training for the first time. Also visits from Jordan Bastian, and Indians pitcher Danny Salazar. Plus Terry Francona and Chris Antonetti explain the most recent player moves.
Monday was a special day for the Hamiltons.
Nick Hamilton, an Indians 2012 draft pick after helping lead the Kent State Golden Flashes to the College World Series that June, found himself in the lineup as the designated hitter on Monday as the Indians took on the Cincinnati Reds from Goodyear Ballpark. Originally, Nick Swisher was in the lineup as the DH, but when the Reds said pitchers should bat — Cincinnati was the home team — Indians Manager Terry Francona sent Swisher home.
When the DH was re-installed into the game, Hamilton got the call. And his dad, Indians radio play-by-play man Tom, was on hand for the incredible moment:
Said Nick Hamilton after the game: “It was really just a lot of fun. I’m just grateful for the opportunity to be able to get out there and get that first taste of playing in the big leagues. It was just a lot of fun and something I can learn from and build on from here.
“Eventually, looking back, I’m sure this is definitely something that I’m going to cherish.”
In addition to being a so-called mid-major, there’s another reason why Kent State’s trip to the College World Series last summer was so surprising.
The Flashes play in a city where the average high temperature is 34 degrees in January and February, making practice leading up to the spring slate a little … difficult, not to mention actually playing games in March in Northeast Ohio.
It’s an obstacle former Flash and current Cleveland Indians prospect Nick Hamilton knows well, and why he’s grateful he and fellow Cleveland native and Tribe hopeful Alex Lavisky can utilize the facilities at Progressive Field to get their offseason work in.
“Especially being northern guys, being (at Progressive Field) is a big help,” Hamilton told TribeVibe last week in the stadium’s batting cages on yet another cold, snowy February day. “Obviously, when you have cold weather, you have to have a place where you can do some stuff. We have a lot of places around the Cleveland area that are great, but nothing quite meets this. When you can have that live BP thrown to you, you can’t beat that.”