Beloved Indians drummer John Adams to miss home opener for first time since 1973

Indians drummer John Adams
Posted at 5:15 PM, Mar 12, 2021
and last updated 2021-03-12 17:15:18-05

CLEVELAND — If you’ve been to a Cleveland Indians game in the last 48 years, you’re probably familiar with the drumming that can be heard from the outfield and the man responsible for it—John Adams.

Adams has been in attendance at every Tribe home opener since 1973, but according to's Mandy Bell, this year will be different.

In December, Adams required emergency heart surgery for severe blockages and had several trips to the ICU afterwards.

Those heart conditions and subsequent medical issues have led Adams to make the decision to skip the home opener this year and focus on his health.

While Adams was not in attendance for the 2020 season opener, he doesn't count that (and neither do we) since no fans were allowed to attend due to COVID-19 protocols.

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