From Cleveland.com: CLE native Jim Kluber enjoying his son’s success similarly to Corey — calmly

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Zack Meisel from Cleveland.com checked in with Cleveland native Jim Kluber — yes, Corey’s dad — who’s been enjoying Corey’s success.

And yes, Jim is just like Corey — stoic and calm.

From Zack’s story — the full version of which you can read here:

So, Kluber’s parents trek to Fenway Park to watch the Indians when they battle the Boston Red Sox. If Kluber is slated to pitch when the Indians play at Yankee Stadium, his parents will journey to New York. Jim enjoys watching his son operate. He also enjoys watching him walk off the field, his face motionless, his mind still fixated on what just happened.

Like father, like son.

“His mother is outgoing with just about anybody she sees, whether in a store or walking down a street,” Jim said. “She’s very outgoing. I’m definitely not like that. I’m probably more like Corey.”

Jim was at Progressive Field last August when his son exited after 7 1/3 innings of a start against Cincinnati. He limited the Reds to one run and he struck out seven. Francona collected the baseball and Kluber retreated to the dugout as fans showered him with praise. Kluber, of course, didn’t notice the 18,000 in attendance offering their appreciation.

Cleveland, Mayor Frank Jackson taking part in 32nd Annual ‘Night out Against Crime’ with CPD officers, Cleveland Youth; part of Major League Baseball’s ‘Play Ball’ Initiative

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On Tuesday, August 4, 2015, Cleveland residents are invited to participate in Mayor Jackson’s 32nd annual “Night out Against Crime”. The “Night out Against Crime” is an opportunity for Clevelanders to come together as One Cleveland and strengthen their communities. “Night out Against Crime” events will occur in each of the city’s four police districts with the main event taking place at League Park on 6601 Lexington Ave from 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm on August 4.

Highlighting this year’s “Night out against Crime” event will be an exhibition baseball game played at the historic League Park between Cleveland Police Officers and youth from the City of Cleveland’s youth baseball league with support from the Cleveland Indians. The exhibition game is being played as a part of the United States Conference of Mayors (USCM) support of Major League Baseball’s “Play Ball” initiative. The month of August has been designated as “Play Ball Month” in cities nationwide. US Mayors are implementing the initiative in their respective city with the goal of strengthening bonds between families and communities with baseball through baseball-related activities.

Neighborhood District events will be held from 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm at each of the locations listed below and will feature police and public safety vehicles, free health screenings, refreshments and activities for the entire family!

Additional Neighborhood Event Locations:

  • 1st District – Jefferson Park, W. 132nd & Lorain
  • 2nd District – Steelyard Commons, I-71/Jennings Freeway
  • 3rd District – King Kennedy, E. 64th & Bundy Dr.
  • 4th District – Life Skills (Parking lot), 12201 Larchmere Rd.

For more information, call 216-664-3290. The “Night out Against Crime” events are sponsored by Cleveland Public Power (CPP), City of Cleveland Community Relations Board, Cleveland Airport System and Cleveland Water.

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More Background on MLB ‘PlayBall’

Major League Baseball and Minor League Baseball, in conjunction with the U.S. Conference of Mayors (USCM), today announced that more than 125 cities, covering 34 U.S. States, Washington, D.C. and Puerto Rico, have signed on as designated PLAY BALL Cities for the inaugural “PLAY BALL Month” of August 2015. The cities are being designated based on the commitment by each city’s Mayor to sponsor a baseball or softball-related activity during August. Mayors will report their activities to http://www.usmayors.org/playball.  Major League Baseball and the U.S. Conference of Mayors announced their PLAY BALL partnership at USCM’s 83rd Annual Meeting in June.

“For decades, baseball has had a unique ability to bring communities together, and today, Major League Baseball is seeking to strengthen that connection between our sport and cities across the country through our new PLAY BALL initiative,” said Baseball Commissioner Robert D. Manfred, Jr.  “We are thrilled to begin this new and innovative partnership with Minor League Baseball and the U.S. Conference of Mayors, and I thank all the mayors who have stepped up to support this effort to provide fun experiences for kids and families during PLAY BALL Month.”

“The PLAY BALL initiative is baseball in its purest form, building relationships between the game and its future generations,” said Pat O’Conner, Minor League Baseball President & CEO. “It is incredibly important for us to encourage participation at the grassroots level and Minor League Baseball fully supports these efforts.”

“Mayors are pleased to join Major League Baseball and Minor League Baseball in bringing fun baseball and softball activities to our cities,” said USCM President Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake. “I am proud to have already participated in a PLAY BALL event in my community and look forward to hearing how other mayors across the country celebrate baseball – our Great National Pastime.”

During this month, mayors across the country will host activities to engage children, citizens, families and city departments to organize individual and community-based, baseball and softball-related events, such as playing catch, running bases and more. The activities will be focused on strengthening bonds between families, communities and the game.

PlayBall.org serves as the initiative’s online home and is accessible via MLB.com, USABaseball.com and other partner websites. Coaching tips and parent resources are prominent components of the site.  PlayBall.org also gives parents, coaches and kids information on how to participate in PLAY BALL activities, links to youth-related news and events, and searchable maps to help find local community leagues. Health and safety information, including the Pitch Smart and Play Sun Smart programs, also are available.

“The Conference of Mayors is honored to have joined Major League Baseball and Minor League Baseball in helping to inspire a renewed enthusiasm for the game,” said USCM CEO and Executive Director Tom Cochran. “We are pleased with the number of mayors who have made commitments to sponsor a Play Ball activity, and look to involving more mayors in the future.”

Below is a list of 2015 PLAY BALL cities so far.  The list is subject to change and additional cities may be added.  For details on each city’s event, please visit http://www.usmayors.org/playball/registrymonitor.asp

 

Cleveland Indians announce theme for 2015 Rock ‘N’ Blast: Rock ‘N’ Blast 10 — The Roots of Rock ‘N’ Roll

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Two-night show, presented by FirstEnergy and scheduled for August 7 and 8, and will celebrate 10 years of spectacular event 

Cleveland, OH— The Cleveland Indians announced today that the theme of the annual two-night Rock ‘N’ Blast fireworks show, this year presented by FirstEnergy, will be Rock ‘N’ Blast 10 – The Roots of Rock ‘N’ Roll.

This year marks Rock ‘N’ Blast’s 10th anniversary, and the shows will take fans through the elements that rock ‘n’ roll is made of – rebellion, the MTV age, freedom and injustice, and love.

The award-winning display, which features music and video synchronized to pyrotechnics, is one of the highlights of the summer at Progressive Field. In all, fans will be treated to more than 20 minutes worth of entertainment each night.

To go along with each respective show and the Tribe’s series against the Minnesota Twins, the Indians will offer additional promotions:

  • Aug. 7: Sugardale Dollar Dog night and $2 domestic beer pregame (5-7PM) in the Right Field District
  • Aug. 8: Michael Brantley Bobblehead courtesy of Progressive (15,000 fans)

Rock ‘N’ Blast is one of five fireworks shows remaining this season; remaining fireworks dates this season include:

  • Aug. 28: Garage Rock Nuggets presented by Wayside Furniture
  • Aug. 29: Toga! Toga! Toga! presented by Brilliant Electric Sign Co.
  • Sept. 11: presented by Wayside Furniture
  • Sept. 12: Bar Sing-A-Longs
  • Oct. 3: Back to the Future/1985

Shirtless Cleveland Indians fan an instant Internet celebrity

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So on Wednesday afternoon, it was hot at Progressive Field — 90 degrees and humid. So you can understand how fans might want to try to find ways to cool down.

One fan in particular was easily identifiable in his search for relief from the heat: The fan pictured above, who made it on to the SportsTime Ohio telecast of the game due to his seat — in the dugout suite behind the plate, caught by the TV cameras throughout the game.

When our photographer, Dan Mendlik, caught a shot of the gentleman, we Tweeted:

But, we thought: We had to know more, and we thought we owed it to our fans to tell this man’s — this LEGEND’s — story.

His name is Matt, but jokingly said he didn’t want to give us his last name because his boss might find out. (Too late, we told him — he was already an Internet superstar.) He and his friends were at the ballpark for his pal Mark’s bachelor party; Mark is getting married this weekend.

The crew came down from Toronto, and Matt said he’d been a fan of Cleveland for many years, and the town’s sports teams. He and his buddies rented a dugout suite for Mark’s big bash, and the group was headed back to Canada on Thursday.

After the game, we took the crew on the field for another picture.

Chances are Matt will be a bit more famous after his brush with Internet fame. Good on ya, Matt. –TribeVibe contributor Joel Hammond

Trevor Bauer a finalist for 2015 Bob Feller Act of Valor Award

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The Bob Feller Act of Valor Award Foundation today announced its Major League Baseball and Hall of Fame nominees for the 2015 Bob Feller Act of Valor Award (full list below, full release attached).

The Foundation also announced the creation of a companion Peer-to-Peer Mentoring Award and of the Jerry Coleman Award presented by The Bob Feller Act of Valor Award Foundation, honoring a Staff Noncommissioned Officer of the United States Marine Corps. The Foundation honors a current MLB player, a United States Navy Chief Petty Officer, and a Baseball Hall of Fame member who possess the values, integrity and dedication to serving our country that Bob Feller himself displayed.

Previous Act of Valor award winners include Justin Verlander, Nick Swisher, Yogi Berra, Tommy Lasorda, Senior Chief Petty Officer Garth Sinclair, and Senior Chief Petty Officer Carl Thompson. Finalists for the active player award will be announced later this season and the winners in all four categories will be honored in a Veterans Day ceremony in Washington, DC at the United States Navy Memorial.
The 2015 MLB Player and Hall of Fame Member Bob Feller Act of Valor Award Nominees

NOMINATING CLUB: MLB PLAYER

  • Arizona Diamondbacks: Brad Ziegler
  • Baltimore Orioles: Darren O’Day
  • Boston Red Sox: Dustin Pedroia
  • Chicago White Sox: Adam LaRoche
  • Cincinnati Reds: Jay Bruce
  • Cleveland Indians: Trevor Bauer (see nomination letter below)
  • Kansas City Royals: Wade Davis
  • Miami Marlins: Steve Cishek (traded to St. Louis Cardinals 7/24/15)
  • Milwaukee Brewers: Jonathan Lucroy
  • Minnesota Twins: Brian Dozier
  • New York Mets: Curtis Granderson
  • Oakland Athletics: Sean Doolittle
  • Pittsburgh Pirates: Charlie Morton
  • San Diego Padres: Ian Kennedy
  • Washington Nationals: Craig Stammen

NOMINATING CLUB: HALL OF FAMER

  • Cleveland Indians: Bob Lemon
  • Cincinnati Reds: Johnny Bench
  • Kansas City Royals: George Brett
  • Miami Marlins: Andre Dawson
  • Minnesota Twins: Rod Carew

BAUER’S NOMINATION LETTER:

It’s with pleasure and honor that the Cleveland Indians nominate Trevor Bauer for the Bob Feller Act of Valor Award. As a top right-handed pitcher for the Indians, Trevor’s intensely dedicated and prepared for every game. Above all, he protects the values of the game and the integrity of his team.

Trevor’s passion has recently extended beyond the game of baseball to helping wounded veterans. After reading Marcus Luttrell’s Lone Survivor – a firsthand account of the lost heroes of SEAL Team 10 – Trevor felt compelled to get involved with the Lutrell’s Lone Survivor Foundation. The foundation is dedicated to providing education, rehabilitation, recovery and wellness opportunities to members of the U.S. Armed forces and their families.

Trevor then found a way to bring together the military and baseball communities, which he explains are both American institutions. He worked with Athletes Brand to design a t-shirt in which proceeds benefit the Lone Survivor Foundation. Athletes Brand is a 100 percent current and former pro and elite athlete ran company. Trevor’s goal for this t-shirt initiative is to reach 20 million people and raise at least $7,000 in two weeks. Not only is he working to raise money for the Lone Survivor Foundation, but Trevor hopes this educates people on the struggles wounded vets are faced with after sacrificing their lives for our country and freedom.

When asked why he decided to get involved with The Lone Survivor Foundation, Trevor replied, “I have a lot of respect for the men and women who choose to protect our country, especially elite warriors who are sent on the most dangerous missions. I draw a lot of inspiration from Marcus Luttrell’s story and want to be a part of the effort to help the men and women who have served establish a happy, healthy and productive life.”

It’s drive, passion and dedication – for U.S. service men and women, and for baseball – that make Trevor Bauer an exemplary candidate for the Bob Feller Act of Valor Award.

PHOTO GALLERY: Indians unveil new Larry Doby statue at Progressive Field

The Indians unveiled the new Larry Doby statue on Saturday outside Progressive Field’s Right Field Gate; guests included Larry Doby Jr. and other members of the Doby family, former friend and teammate Mudcat Grant, former Negro League Ted Toles, former teammate Gary Bell and more.

–Photos by Dan Mendlik and Sarah Sachs

7-year-old Jack Donohoe rewarded for good deed with trip to Cleveland Indians BP at Progressive Field

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Jack Donohoe is 7. At an Indians game earlier this season, though, he showed maturity beyond his years.

His dad, Jeff – a Tribe Season Ticket Holder – emailed Cleveland.com’s Terry Pluto recently with the story of how young Jack made another young fan’s day:

“My wife (Michelle) and young son (Jack) attended a recent Tribe game. We are in a group of Season Ticket Holders.

“Our seats are in the first row behind the plate. We noticed a little girl who had obvious health challenges at a way, way too early age.

“We struck up a conversation with her family in the row directly behind us. She was from Georgia. Her dad was sitting several more rows back. Since we had an empty seat, the family asked if it would be OK if she sat there. They thought she would love being in the first row! Of course we said yes.

“At first my wife was sitting next to her. But then my wife switched seats so the kids could sit next to each other. The kids struck up a conversion and quickly developed a friendship.

“My son was oblivious that she looked a little different without hair. Or maybe he noticed but just didn’t give it a second thought.

“They started swapping stuff. My son shared his candy and American flag pins that we were given for making a donation to a veterans group before the game, and the little girl shared her grapes and smiles.

“In the ninth inning a ball came loose. A Tampa coach or player picked up the ball and turned to toss the ball to the fans. He scanned the crowd. His eyes met mine. I pointed to the little girl who was standing next to me.

“He gave me a big nod of the head and tossed me the ball! Thankfully I caught it with one of the mitts my son and I brought. My son squealed with joy as I caught the ball. There was no way I could just give the ball to this girl we just met.

“I put the ball in his glove, but I suggested we should give the ball to our new friend. He asked why. I said this was her only game for the season. … He shrugged his shoulders and put the ball in her hands!

“People in the first row or two cheered and clapped! When we got back to our seats, the woman who was taking her grandson to the ballparks also clapped and cheered. She was so happy she got a ball too!”

You can read Jeff’s entire story about his son in Terry’s recent column by clicking here. (http://www.cleveland.com/pluto/index.ssf/2015/07/cleveland_indians_have_terry_t_10.html)

We hosted Jeff, his wife and Jack on Friday afternoon; the trio took in batting practice from the field and got to meet a few of the Indians players, including Mike Aviles, who chatted with Jack for five minutes before shagging some fly balls.

How did Jack like it?

“This is cool,” he said.

–TribeVibe contributor Joel Hammond

Rhodes HS pitcher who threw Progressive Field perfect game meets Indians pitchers

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Rhodes and Lincoln West high schools long have dominated the Senate Athletic League, playing in the championship game at Progressive Field each of the last nine seasons.

So while it wasn’t terribly surprising to see the teams again this year at the ballpark on May 20, the outcome still was surprising.

Rhodes senior Juan Perez threw a perfect game.

On Thursday, he – along with his coach, Phil Gary, and two teammates – were rewarded with the chance to watch Tribe BP from field level.

They even got to meet a guy who flirted with a similar accomplishment this year: Danny Salazar, who had a perfect game into the sixth earlier in the season in Tampa. Sandy Alomar and Carlos Santana also visited.

“That was awesome,” Perez said of getting to meet the Tribe hurlers.

Perez said he knew he was pitching well that day, but didn’t really know he had a perfect game until his teammates mobbed him. Instead, he was focused on something else.

“I wanted to hurry because our high school graduation was that night (at Cleveland State),” Perez said, laughing.

Perez will study accounting and play baseball this fall at Cuyahoga Community College, and we’ll certainly be watching and keeping tabs on him.

The Indians underwrite all Cleveland Metropolitan School District baseball and softball programs, with the championship baseball game being played at Progressive Field each season.

–TribeVibe

Fans’ guide to Indians homestand: Seven games vs. White Sox, Royals

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The Cleveland Indians return home to Progressive Field for series against the Chicago White Sox (July 23-26) and Kansas City Royals (July 27-29).

Indians to honor Larry Doby Saturday

The Cleveland Indians will unveil the new Larry Doby statue at 4:45PM at Progressive Field’s Right Field Gate.  All fans are welcome to attend and should be in the area by 4:30PM.

Doby, who played with the Tribe from 1947-1955 and in 1959, was the first African-American to play in the American League, just months after Jackie Robinson debuted with the Brooklyn Dodgers. Doby played a 12-year career – earning All-Star honors seven times.

Speakers at the ceremony include:

  • Paul Dolan, Indians Owner and Chairman
  • Jim “Mudcat” Grant, former Doby teammate and friend
  • Larry Doby Jr., son of Larry Doby Sr.

The Indians will also provide a replica Doby statue to 12,500 fans courtesy of KeyBank, and fans at Saturday’s game will enjoy post-game fireworks presented by Pierre’s Ice Cream Co.

Slider celebrates milestone birthday

Everyone’s favorite mascot, Slider, will be celebrating his 25TH birthday on Sunday, July 26. Slider’s friends Gapper, Orbit, Paws, Phillie Phanatic and more will be in town to help celebrate the big day. Party plans include Step2 activities on Gateway Plaza, American Greetings birthday cards, mini cupcakes from Becker’s Donuts & Bakery and a special birthday gift for Slider.

Guarantee your item with Promo Pass

Fans looking to guarantee their promotional items, including Saturday’s Larry Doby replica statue, can add Promo Pass to their ticket for just $5. Available online only at Indians.com/PromoPass, this offer will ensure you get the promotional item even if all items have been distributed at the gates.

 

Thursday, July 23 vs. White Sox @ 7:10PM

*ALL GATES: OPEN at 6PM (Right Field Gate/ Family Deck opens at 5PM)
Broadcast Information: SportsTime Ohio-HD, WTAM/WMMS/IRN

Pepsi photo booth: Stop by section 153 and snap a photo in the Pepsi photo booth! Fans can hop in the booth and take a picture featuring a backdrop from the ’95 season, then email the photo to themselves once done. Enjoy the Pepsi photo booth every game through July.

Visit the Bob Feller Exhibit: Be sure to check out the new Bob Feller Exhibit located on the Terrace Club third floor. Open to all fans, the exhibit features historic items such as Feller’s U.S. Navy jacket, his Opening Day no-hitter glove and much more.

 

Friday, July 24 vs. White Sox @ 7:10PM

ALL GATES: OPEN at 6PM (Right Field Gate/Family Deck open at 5PM)
Broadcast Information: SportsTime Ohio-HD, WTAM/WMMS/IRN

$2 domestic cans: Pregame at the park Friday from 5-7PM with $2 12 ounce domestic cans. Deal is only available in the Right Field District.

Sugardale Dollar Dog Night: Join the Cleveland Indians in celebrating Sugardale winning the #1 MLB Hot Dog award from the National Hot Dog and Sausage Council with a Sugardale Dollar Dog Night! Sugardale will also be providing free samples pregame at Gateway Plaza.

Post-game Fireworks, presented by Wayside Furniture: Hang out after the game to enjoy a spectacular post-game fireworks show set to the music of Mullet Madness. It’s not just a hairstyle; it’s a lifestyle. Rejoice in the mullet mantra of business in the front, party in the back.

KeyBank Hassle Free Weekend: KeyBank will be providing fans with exclusive experience and giveaways including delivering seat upgrades, hot dogs, popcorn and ice cream, all courtesy of the bank’s “Hassle-Free” checking account.

Pregame party: Come down to the ballpark early to enjoy pregame activities and performances from the Spazmatics on the RTA Summer Stage, DJ Denicio at The Corner and Chad Hoffman at the Plug and Play near the SportsTime Ohio Stage.

Alumni autographs: Gary Bell and Mudcat Grant will be on hand for fan autographs in Heritage Park from 6PM-6:30PM.

Uber representatives will be at The Corner: Uber Cleveland will be at The Corner bar passing out tchotchkes and providing fans with a passcode for a free first ride up to $20.

50/50 Raffle: The 50/50 Raffle will be available for all home games of the 2015 season. The raffle will support Cleveland Indians Charities in its mission to provide softball and baseball programs to the underprivileged youth of Cleveland.
Saturday, July 25 vs. White Sox @ 7:10PM

*ALL GATES: OPEN at 5:30PM
Broadcast Information: SportsTime Ohio-HD, WTAM/WMMS/IRN

Larry Doby replica statue, courtesy of KeyBank: Upon entering the gates 12,500 fans will receive a Larry Doby replica statue courtesy of KeyBank.

Postgame Fireworks, presented by Pierre’s Ice Cream Co.: Fans can stick around after the game and enjoy post-game fireworks set to Big Band. All you cool cats jump, jive and wail your way to swingin’ sounds and poppin’ works.

KeyBank Hassle Free Weekend: KeyBank will be providing fans with exclusive experience and giveaways including delivering seat upgrades, hot dogs, popcorn and ice cream, all courtesy of the bank’s “Hassle-Free” checking account.

Larry Doby statue unveiling: The Cleveland Indians will be honoring Tribe legend Larry Doby with a statue unveiling pregame. The ceremony will take place outside the Right Field Gates at 4:45PM with special guest speakers Paul Dolan, Larry Doby Jr. and Mudcat Grant. Fans are encouraged to be in the area at 4:30PM to witness history.

Pregame party: Come down to the ballpark early to enjoy pregame activities and performances by Old Skool on the RTA Summer Stage and DJ Denicio at The Corner.

Alumni autographs: Gary Bell and Mudcat Grant will be on hand for fan autographs in Heritage Park from 6PM-6:30PM.

 

Sunday, July 26 vs. White Sox @ 1:10PM

*ALL GATES: OPEN at 11AM
Broadcast Information: SportsTime Ohio-HD, WTAM/ WMMS/IRN

Happy Birthday, Slider: Everyone’s favorite mascot, Slider, will celebrate his 25th birthday on Sunday. Slider’s mascot friends will be in town to celebrate the milestone and the Indians will present Slider with a special birthday surprise pregame.

KeyBank Kids Fun Day: Back for another season, KeyBank Kids Fun Day will take place every Sunday of 2015. Families can enjoy kid-friendly activities in the newly renovated Kids Clubhouse including performances from Manny The Magician, Great Lakes Science Center, Jungle Terry face painters, caricature artists and a pregame interview with a current Indians player.

KeyBank Hassle Free Weekend: KeyBank will be providing fans with exclusive experience and giveaways including delivering seat upgrades, hot dogs, popcorn and ice cream, all courtesy of the bank’s “Hassle-Free” checking account.

Celebrate Slider’s 25th Birthday: Kids can stop by the Kids Clubhouse and Family Deck to create a personalized
greeting card for Slider on his birthday, or test out the new Creatacard tablet app and turn their drawings into cards that can be ordered and mailed directly to family and friends. Both activities courtesy of American Greetings.

Step2 activities: Families can have fun before the game with playhouses, coasters, ride-ons and more on Gateway Plaza courtesy of Step2. Plus, Step2 will give away one grand prize “Big Backyard,” worth over $1,000. Ten second-place winners will get a new WonderBall Fun House and Home Run Baseball trainer.

Kids Run the Bases Presented by Cleveland Clinic Children’s: Young Tribe fans will have the opportunity to run the bases like their favorite players after the game! All kids (12 & under) can stay immediately after the game to take part, and 100 participants will receive an item from Cleveland Clinic Children’s when they’re finished.

Purell post-game sampling: Fans are able to take free samples of Purell hand sanitizer after the game. Samples will be available at all gates.

 

Monday, July 27 vs. Royals @ 7:10PM

*ALL GATES: OPEN at 6PM (Right Field Gate/ Family Deck opens at 5PM)
Broadcast Information: SportsTime Ohio-HD, WTAM/WMMS/IRN

Ballpark app: Download MLB.com’s Ballpark app presented by KeyBank and stay up to date on all things Tribe. Ballpark features mobile check-in offers from KeyBank, Majestic, New Era and other partners, an interactive concourse map, exclusive team videos and more. Fans can also easily manage their tickets digitally through the app, and gain access to the Indians mobile-only entrance at the Right Field Gate.

Buy Early and Save: Fans who purchase tickets early and online will always receive the best prices on game tickets. Buying tickets online rather than at the box offices provide fans the best deals.

 

Tuesday, July 28 vs. Royals @ 7:10PM

*ALL GATES: OPEN at 6PM (Right Field Gate/ Family Deck opens at 5PM)
Broadcast Information: SportsTime Ohio-HD, WTAM/WMMS/IRN

Sugardale Dollar Dog Night: Come down to the ballpark and enjoy a fan favorite — Sugardale Dollar Dog night, one of 15 this year.

Heart and Hustle Award presentation: The Heart and Hustle Award will be presented on field pregame to Indians second baseman Jason Kipnis.

50/50 Raffle: The 50/50 Raffle will be available for all home games of the 2015 season. The raffle will support Cleveland Indians Charities in its mission to provide softball and baseball programs to the underprivileged youth of Cleveland.

Uber representatives will be at The Corner: Uber Cleveland will be at The Corner bar passing out tchotchkes and providing fans with a passcode for a free first ride up to $20.
Wednesday, July 29 vs. Royals @ 12:10PM

*ALL GATES: OPEN at 11AM
Broadcast Information: SportsTime Ohio-HD, WTAM/IRN

Indians Scholarship presentation: A deserving student will be awarded with The Cleveland Indians Scholarship pregame. In addition to attending a College Now advised school in Northeast Ohio, the scholarship winner has shown commitment to excellence in education and involvement in community service initiatives.

Today’s Getaway Game is presented by the UPS Store: The UPS Store presents today’s getaway travel game. A representative from one of more than 40 local The UPS Store locations will throw out the first pitch.

Via Cleveland.com: Cody Anderson didn’t plan on playing college or professional baseball, but here he is

 

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Cody Anderson is off to a strong start through four outings with the Tribe after a brief stay at Triple-A Columbus: He’s allowed only a 0.89 ERA through those four starts, in 30 innings.

Most surprising? Anderson wasn’t even sure he’d play baseball.

That detail comes from Cleveland.com’s Zack Meisel, who has the surprising story of Anderson’s journey to the bigs. His complete story can be read here.

“Anderson had pitched in little league, but when he was 12, he experienced elbow soreness. He and Marie met with a sports orthopedic, who suggested he avoid pitching until his growth plates closed. Anderson primarily played outfield until college.

So, at the sporting goods store, Anderson brought his mother a center fielder’s glove.

“I’m not going to buy it for you if you’re going to be done with baseball after this,” she told him. “If you tell me you’re going to play in college, then I’ll buy you the glove.”

Anderson wandered around the store. As the group started to retreat to the car, he caved.

“She bribed me into it,” Anderson said.

“I bought him the glove and the rest is history,” Marie said.”

 

-TribeVibe Contributor, Ryan Delgado

 

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