Staff Member Memorializes Grandfather Through Cleveland Indians

Carmen Roberts III, a senior budget analyst for the University Budget Office, told WKBN how his family memorialized their late grandfather, a longtime Cleveland Indians fan.

Cleveland baseball fans are unable to attend Indians games this season due to COVID-19; however, that did not stop the Indians from giving fans a way to be "in the ballpark" this season. Fans were able to pay for a cardboard cut-out of themselves or others to be placed in Progressive Field at every home game.

Roberts and his sister used this opportunity to honor their grandfather, Carmen Roberts Sr., who passed away in May at 97 years old, by saving him a seat at one of his favorite spots, Progressive Field.

“It’s just such a blessing to be able to do something like this for him and to do it in such a way that was so meaningful to him,” Roberts told WKBN. “He’s always been an Indians fan through the best games and the worst games.”

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Carmen III was also recently recognized among the 2020 “30 for the Future” award recipients by the Greater Akron Chamber.

POSTED: Friday, September 11, 2020 - 6:36am
UPDATED: Friday, September 11, 2020 - 1:48pm
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