Spring training traditionally serves the purpose of practicing and preparing for the everyday grind of the regular season.
For the Cleveland Indians, this year's big league camp has an exciting twist.
As it was reported last September, the Tribe will take on the Texas Rangers on Friday, March 17 and Saturday, March 18 as part of the fifth annual H-E-B Big League Weekend series at the Alamodome in San Antonio, TX.
This year's matchup showcases a pair of 2016 divisional champions managed by Terry Francona and Jeff Banister. Texas will be making its fourth appearance at the Big League Weekend series while Cleveland is scheduled for its first trek out to the Alamodome. According to the event's official website, 60,000 fans attended the two games in 2016, and even more are expected in 2017.
The two-game showdown is sandwiched between the Indians 34-game spring training slate against other MLB teams from the Cactus League.
Tickets for the series can be found here: H-E-B Big League Weekend Tickets
After the H-E-B Big League Weekend festivities, the Tribe and Rangers will rematch to open the 2017 regular season on April 3 at 7 PM ET from Globe Life Park in Arlington, TX.
John Alfes has covered the Indians for IBI since August of 2016. Follow him on Twitter @JohnAlfes for breaking news and in-depth coverage all season long.