Wadsworth resident Sue Rasor-Greenhalgh had a surprise birthday present Sunday. She got to throw the first pitch at the Cleveland Indians game.
“I’m an Indians’ fan,” she said. “It was a lot of fun going out there to throw the pitch. And it just so happened, it was my birthday, too.”
Rasor-Greenhalgh was at the game with her husband, daughter and son-in-law. Her name was drawn from a hat with 177 other names of Wadsworth residents who went to Sunday’s game in celebration of the city’s bicentennial.
Tom Stugmyer, a member of the Wadsworth Bicentennial Committee, drew her name.
“We got in contact with the Indians to do a community day at Progressive Field,” Stugmyer said. “This wasn’t an event that had been planned all year and was kind of last minute.”
Stugmyer said Ashley Madison, a group sales account executive with the Indians, set up a website through Ticketron for Wadsworth residents to purchase discount game tickets in two different sections of Progressive Field.
Residents were able to buy $76 field-level seats for $35 and $28 club-level seats for $14.
We sold 178 tickets,” Stugmyer said. “Technically, anybody could have gone to the website to purchase the seats, but as far as I know they were all from Wadsworth.”
Stugmyer said the Indians also provided two 56-passenger buses for free to transport the community to the field.
“We filled the first bus so fast that they gave us a second bus,” he said.
He said the buses picked people up at Soprema Senior Center.
“We tried to save the bus space for seniors and people who couldn’t drive, but when they gave us the second bus, we opened it up to families.”
Stugmyer said the Indians also allowed the Wadsworth group to pick names out of a hat for someone to receive a signed game ball, but when one of two young brothers won the draw, they decided to give away two signed balls.
Caden Madigan, 9, and Gavin, 7, of Wadsworth, were the winners.
The Indians also displayed a congratulations sign on the big screen to commemorate the Wadsworth bicentennial.
“A lot of the other bicentennial events involved things happening around the downtown area in Wadsworth,” Stugmyer said. “This was a little bit different and it couldn’t have gone better.”
He said the Wadsworth community may try to organize the outing again next year because of its success.
“I’ve had several people that didn’t go ask if we could do it again,” he said.
Contact reporter Katie Anderson at (330) 721-4012 or firstname.lastname@example.org.