The game in Ohio ended up being a Cast Away reunion. Cleveland was playing its first home game since rebranding the team to Guardians. They ended up falling 4-1 against the San Francisco Giants. Tom Hanks carried out a monologue about the city and its positioning in the country.
"We are a city on the rise. Forging into the future from our ironed-out past," Hanks began. "We are a city of fire and water, of trees and towers built through generations of blue collars and the brightest scholars – and all of those who have worked harder.
We hold tight to our roots and set our sights on tomorrow, but this is our team that has stood with our city for more than a century from Old Municipal to the corner of Carnegie." He continued, "A team that has seen its own progress and prosperity.
Its history flows like the river through the heart of this city, the history that has given us miraculous moments. Moments that span years, and others 22 games. Moments that broke barriers and moments that broke hearts, moments that prove that this is more than a game.
We remember those moments as we move forward with change."
Hanks: "together, we are all Cleveland Guardians."
"You see, there's always been Cleveland – that's the best part of our name. Now it's time to unite as one family, one community, to build the next era for this team in this city.
To keep watch and guard is what makes this game the greatest. To come together and welcome all who want to join us. We are loyal and proud and resilient," Hanks added. "We protect what we've earned and always defend it. Together we stand with all who understand what it means to be born and built from the land – because this is the city we love and the game we believe in.
And together, we are all Cleveland Guardians." "Many of you know Tom Hanks cares deeply about Cleveland," the team's president told Cleveland.com. "He's very genuine and authentic in what Cleveland means to him. The fact that he was willing to be a part of this speaks volumes.
It also speaks to what Cleveland's all about. People are fiercely loyal to Cleveland. They love being from Cleveland, they take a lot of pride in that fact. And he certainly does. It's a wonderful opportunity for him as well for the Black Keys."