Indians Littlest Fan program, presented by FirstMerit Bank, is back!

Mia Ryan, held by her mom, Amanda, and visited by Franklin from FirstMerit and Slider, is the first Indians Littlest Fan of 2013.

Mia Ryan, held by her mom, Amanda, is the first Indians Littlest Fan of 2013.

Mia Ryan is the first Indians Littlest Fan of the 2013 season.

Mia’s mother, Amanda, gave birth this week as the Tribe’s 2013 season began at Rogers Centre in Toronto. Later Tuesday, Amanda and Mia, who reside in Elyria, got a visit from Slider and Franklin to kick off the program.

Mia is one of 8,000 babies that will be part of the Indians Littlest Fan program, presented by FirstMerit Bank, in 2013. Through the program, children born at participating Cleveland Clinic or University Hospitals will receive an Indians onesie, a plush FirstMerit Franklin Moose and a unique password for the child’s family to redeem a ticket offer at Indians.com for the baby’s first Tribe game.

Slider and Franklin get ready for their big surprise.

Slider and Franklin get ready for their big surprise. (Kyle Emery photos)

The program is just one part of the Indians’ family-focused initiatives for 2013. In addition to 16 kids-themed event days, the team has reduced concessions prices on many items, including beer, now at $4, and hot dogs, now $3 every day. Soda refills now will cost $2 and there will be 15 $1 hot dog nights presented by Sugardale, an increase from 9 last season.

Fireworks will return on 16 occasions, including the return of the award-winning Rock N’ Blast two-night spectacular, while fan giveaways have increased to 20 this season, up from 11 in 2012.

Plus, the Indians Kids Clubhouse will return and again feature the Rookie Suite (geared toward kids ages 6 and under) and Slugger’s Sandlot (for grade-school children). The Kids Clubhouse also features a child-friendly menu at family-friendly prices, and this year will be complemented by a Family Social Suite for parents active in social media. Information on all the team’s family-focused efforts can be found at Indians.com.

“We strive to create memories, connect generations and celebrate families,” said Bob DiBiasio, the Indians Senior Vice President of Public Affairs. “The ‘Littlest Fans’ program is a perfect way to introduce Indians baseball to a new generation of Tribe fans and start their connection with Indians baseball from an early age.”

–TribeVibe contributor Joel Hammond

2 Comments

We are die hard Tribe fans who live just across the line in PA. We currently have three boys who worship the Indians, and we’re expecting our fourth future Indian on June 12. We attend multiple games each season even though it’s nearly a two-hour drive. We wish there was some way we could participate in the Littlest Fan program…Indians fans aren’t just born in Cleveland!!!

My first grandbaby was just born on May 30, 2013 in Cleveland Clinic and Daddy and Mommy are great Indians fans (Daddy is a high school baseball coach, too). I would love for Kadence Lynn Wright to receive an gift in the Littlest Fan program!! Please let me know at kathymiser on facebook.

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