The Cleveland Indians have thus-far had a good on-field product in 2016 (35-30, tied for first in the AL Central heading into Thursday), but next week they'll take part in a world-wide music-related venture.
Make Music Day takes place on June 21, with 700 cities across 103 countries in the world celebrating "music in all its forms." In Progressive Field, the Indians will host the Rays at 7:10 p.m. local time. Along with that, here's what will go down in the stadium:
Twenty string players will perform the National Anthem at Progressive Field prior to the baseball game between the Cleveland Indians and Tampa Bay Rays. Additionally, musical groups lined up along the concourse will play throughout the game, and two bands will perform at each entrance gate when the stadium opens at 6 pm.
There's also a minor-league involvement in Make Music Day and it's the Class A Short Season affiliate of the Yankees.
Fans attending baseball games on Make Music Day in New York City (the minor league Staten Island Yankees) and in Madison, Wisconsin (the collegiate Madison Mallards) will be given Boomwhackers - pitched hollow pipes made of plastic. During the seventh-inning stretch, conductors and a singer will come onto the field and lead fans in a crowdsourced performance of Survivor's anthemic "Eye of the Tiger," inviting people to whack the tubes on cue, on the seats or bleachers in front of them. Original Survivor front man Dave Bickler, renowned for his vocals on "Eye of the Tiger," will sing the classic hit at the Staten Island Yankees game.
Those same Staten Island Yankees are the ones giving away an epic Greg Bird bobblehead on July 1.