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Opening Day 2011: Indians To Honor Bob Feller Before The Game

The Cleveland Indians will open up the season today against the Chicago White Sox. The Indians will honor the late great Bob Feller before the game (and all season long) with a ceremony that will include a silent first pitch, according to the Mansfield News Journal.

All of Cleveland's players will wear Feller's No. 19 jersey during pregame introductions. Feller's wife, Anne, will present a "silent" ceremonial first pitch, and the back of the mound will be decorated with Feller's retired number. There will also be a video tribute and special banner presentation.

In addition, Cleveland's uniforms will be adorned this season with a special patch with a likeness of Feller in his famous high-kick windup.

It will be interesting to see how the players come out after such an emotional ceremony. I think the silent first pitch idea is a good one, and I think it should be pretty amazing to see.

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