Bob DiBiasio reflects on Indians' delayed home opener, season

He'd spent three weeks at spring training and was scheduled to return to Cleveland on March 13 to zero in on the earliest date for a home opener in franchise history.

Two hours before MLB's announcement, DiBiasio was part of a discussion on whether to push back the start of that day's exhibition game against the San Diego Padres to improve the chances of getting it in with weather on the iffy side.

The originally scheduled March 26 home opener has been delayed indefinitely as Major League Baseball is shut down to help combat the spread of novel coronavirus.

Late in March, a federal court injunction ended the strike and ushered in a second spring training for returning players that lasted three weeks.

His list of personal favorites among Indians home openers in his lifetime includes being among 40,462 fans in the stands at Cleveland Stadium on April 8, 1971.

Reserve infielder Gomer Hodge rose to folk hero status that day when his two-run single in the bottom of the ninth inning propelled the Indians to a 3-2 victory over the Boston Red Sox.

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