Hard ball: COVID-19 slams Cleveland’s baseball bars, clubs


Mike Miller, owner of Wilbert’s Food & Music, poses in front of the restaurant before a baseball game between the Minnesota Twins and the Cleveland Indians, Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2020, in Cleveland. The coronavirus pandemic has been especially hard on businesses that rely on ballpark traffic, eliminating crowds at major league games, and leading to rules that limit the amount of people they can have inside their doors at the same time.


No band has plugged its guitars into the amplifiers on Wilbert’s stage since mid-March, and there’s usually an open bar stool or three these days at the music joint just a long relay throw outside the outfield walls of Progressive Field.

It’s a sunny Sunday, and there’s a hint of fall in the air on this August afternoon as the Indians are about to play their series finale against Detroit. But except for the

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