CLEVELAND — Larry Doby Jr. was once tasked with the job of helping rock legend Billy Joel warm up for a show. The son of the Indians great put on a baseball glove and the two played catch, preparing Joel for a ceremonial first pitch in front of Tribe fans at Progressive Field.
A decade later, Doby Jr.’s ties to the organization — his dad broke the American League color barrier in 1947 with the Indians and is in the Baseball Hall of Fame — have helped bring a Billy Joel concert to the Indians’ home ballpark. The team announced on Thursday that Joel will play at Progressive Field at 8 p.m. ET on July 14.
“It’s always good to come back to this fine city,” said Doby Jr., who works for Joel. “Normally, every time I’m here … we’re doing something for my dad. It’s like coming home almost. This particular day, I am very proud to say that as a member of Billy Joel’s road crew for over 20 years, that we’re going to actually put a show on here at Progressive Field.
“It’s an honor to be representing Billy and the crew and say we are so looking forward to being here in …