AUSTINBURG TOWNSHIP — A celebration of Cleveland baseball was held Monday as fans gathered for a baseball party at Shannon’s Mini-Mart.
Shawn Shannon, owner of the store for the last 15 years, has held an Indians celebration with cake and sandwiches to kick off the season at the outdoor sandwich shop for the last 14 years.
Shannon wore a Francisco Lindor jersey and didn’t appear to be to angry with the shortstop who was traded to the New York Mets during the offseason and recently signed a $341 million contract with his new team.
Shannon did say he believes the Dolan family should sell the Indians to Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert so they can pay players and keep the team competitive.
“I think break-even is good. I thing they are going to need some more hitters,” Shannon said of the Indians prognosis with a steadily dipping payroll.
Alice Tucker, who was celebrating her retirement after 18 years at the store, will now have more time to follow the Indians. She said she watches the games when she has the opportunity.
“I will miss the customers,” she said while wearing an Indians jersey and cap hat.
Shannon said there was a crowd of about 20 people when the event kicked off around 11:30 a.m. on Monday. He said with the 4 p.m. start he wasn’t sure how people would respond.