Cleveland Indians announce schedule of Opening Day festivities for Friday, April 10

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Tribe Hall of Famer Gaylord Perry, the team’s first Cy Young winner in 1972, will throw ceremonial first pitch

Balloon launch set for 2PM as new Right Field Gate opens to unveil Progressive Field’s dramatically renovated Right Field District

The Cleveland Indians announced on Wednesday a full slate of festivities leading up to first pitch at 4:10PM next Friday, April 10, the team’s 2015 home opener at Progressive Field. All gates open at 2PM.

The game, the Tribe’s 22nd Home Opener at Progressive Field, marks the 115th as a charter member of the American League, and the 23rd consecutive Home Opener sellout dating back to the team’s final year at Cleveland Municipal Stadium. This year’s game sold out in 11 minutes on March 3.

Indians Hall of Famer Gaylord Perry, who won the Tribe’s first American League Cy Young award in 1972, will throw the ceremonial first pitch.

A balloon launch will mark the opening of the new Right Field Gate, part of the dramatically renovated Right Field District at Progressive Field. Also featured at the Right Field Gate, as part of a Block Party:

  • Popular local band The Spazmatics
  • Autographs by Carlos Baerga, part of the 1995 Indians team that played in the World Series, will be signing autographs from 3PM-3:30PM (The Indians will celebrate the 20th anniversary of the 1995 team throughout the 2015 season)
  • Family-friendly activities including Jenga, speed sketch, juggler and more

The national anthem will be performed by Arianna Körting, a pianist who won first prize in the Senior Division of the prestigious Cleveland International Piano Competition’s Young Artists showcase in 2012. Körting, a graduate of the Cleveland Institute of Music, currently is pursuing her degree at Juilliard.

The team also will honor all branches of the United States military, as members of the United States Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines and Coast Guard will present the colors, while an oversized American flag will be presented by 250 employees of Progressive Insurance, the Presenting Partner of the Opening Series.

SportsTime Ohio, WKYC and WTAM 1100 also will broadcast live from inside the ballpark, including SportsTime Ohio’s live pregame show from its new studio in the ballpark’s Right Field District from 3PM-4PM.

 

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Presenting: Indians Mean Tweets

The Cleveland Indians have received a lot of national attention lately (read about it here), but that hasn’t stopped fans from being slightly critical. Indians players, staff and some special guests decided to fire back to the negative Twitter comments. Their reactions do not disappoint.

(By the way, we still don’t know what JIXES are…)

Roster News & Notes for March 29

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Indians manager Terry Francona informed reporters this morning that the organization made one formal roster move on Sunday, while the Baseball Operations staff and coaches also spoke to a number of other players regarding plans for the regular season. To summarize those moves briefly:

  • Cleveland’s formal roster move involved optioning RHP Josh Tomlin to Triple-A Columbus, where he is scheduled to begin the season. Tito’s follow-up comments emphasized that the organization believes that Josh will be a factor for the Major League club very early in the season, but that it wouldn’t make sense to outline how just yet because of all the unknowns in April (performance, weather, health, etc.).
  • The club also informed RHP Jeff Manship that he will begin the season with the Clippers.
  • RHP Zach McAllister will make the Opening Day roster as a member of Cleveland’s starting rotation –  Zach is scheduled to start the April 10 Home Opener at Progressive Field vs. Detroit, the club’s fourth game of the season.
  • LHP TJ House will make the Opening Day roster as a member of Cleveland’s starting rotation –  TJ is scheduled to start the club’s fifth game of the season on April 11 vs. Detroit.
  • RHP Anthony Swarzak was informed that he will make the Opening Day roster as a member of Cleveland’s bullpen.
  • The staff also spoke with RHP Austin Adams to confirm that he is still in the mix for one of the club’s final bullpen spots entering the final week of Spring Training.

Tito sported a customized gift from the Goodyear Police Department during this morning’s session, as he hosted local officers and their families today at the Goodyear Player Development Complex. He has also treated other groups to morning workouts/batting practice, as well as game tickets, including Goodyear Little League, the Goodyear Fire Department, Luke Air Force Base and guests of the Wounded Warrior Project.

Scott Atchison turns 39, Indians Twitter followers bring the LOLZ

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Scott Atchison had a really good year for the Indians in 2014, going 6-0 with a 2.75 ERA — and even signing a contract extension.

But he’s also known for being somewhat … older than than the rest of his teammates. Lonnie Chisenhall, Corey Kluber and others have given him grief over this, and when we wished him a happy birthday on Twitter on Sunday morning, our Twitter followers followed suit.

Y’all should be ashamed of yourselves — even if we had a good laugh at most of these!

–TribeVibe contributor Joel Hammond

PHOTO GALLERY: Jose Ramirez’s car found a parking spot at shortstop & we fall to the Reds in Spring Training action, Mar. 26

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Mike Aviles decided to play a little prank on Jose Ramirez in the AM, then it was time for game action. Michael Bourn collected a few hits, and Kipnis returned from his back spasms we fell to the Reds.

-Photos By Dan Mendlik

PHOTOS: Indians beat Giants behind mammoth homers by Moss, Sands

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While you were sleeping, Brandon Moss homered and Jerry Sands did the below — hit a mammoth, 480-foot homer over the 55-foot batter’s eye at Goodyear Ballpark — as the Tribe took down the Giants, 9-5. Fun night.

–Photos by Dan Mendlik

PHOTOS: Tribe beats Oakland, 8-3, behind Chisenhall’s three hits, Santana’s booming homer

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–Photos by Dan Mendlik

Our favorite #NationalPuppyDay Snapchat submissions – 3/23

Today on Snapchat (Username: Indians) we asked you guys to screenshot a picture of a cute pup in celebration of Puppy Day and draw a Indians ballcap on him.

Your submissions were awesome! Here are some of our favorites:

 

Woof…Puppy artists for sure. Thanks again for all your submissions! Be sure to celebrate with your pup and give us a follow on Snapchat for more fun things! (username: Indians)

-TribeVibe contributor, Ryan Delgado

Cleveland Indians announce changes to the Social Suite: Exclusive space, social experience now called #TribeLive

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The Cleveland Indians announced Monday that the team’s former Social Suite experience is evolving into #TribeLive, a revamped social space that will provide guests with new exclusive offers and experiences.

#TribeLive is the Indians refreshed approach to what was formerly known as the Social Suite, the first of its kind in professional sports initially introduced in 2010. #TribeLive guests will:

  • Have their Tweets and pictures exclusively broadcast to the Tribe’s nearly 300,000 followers
  • Receive their first drink on the Indians (same as District Ticket presented by SportsTime Ohio)
  • Have access to an exclusive space in The Corner, near the Right Field foul pole

“As a pioneer in the social space in pro sports, we’re proud to introduce this new way for our social media-savvy fans to interact with us and other fans,” said Anne Keegan, the Indians Assistant Director of Communications.  “Incorporating this exciting new way of interacting with our new bar, The Corner, was a no-brainer.”

Fans can apply for #TribeLive at Indians.com/TribeLive.

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