Memorable second-half moments for the Tribe — so far!

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At the All-Star Break, we compiled a list of memorable moments from the first half of the season on TribeVibe.

It was well received, so we decided to do another list – of our most memorable moments of the second half so far, as the Indians continue to push for a 2013 playoff berth.

Did we miss something? Tweet at us @Indians and let us know!

September 29: All the Tribe needed was Nick Swisher’s two-run homer and Ubaldo Jimenez pitching for another 5-1 win, clinching home-field advantage for Wednesday’s AL Wild Card game.

September 28: After a 2 1/2-hour rain delay, the Indians jump ahead and ride Scott Kazmir and his 11 Ks to the team’s ninth straight victory. In the process, the Indians moved into sole possession of first place in the AL Wild Card race.

September 27: The Tribe jumps all over the Twins with a four-run first and three in the second in a 12-6 win over Minnesota. Every Tribe starter had a hit, and Jason Kipnis and Asdrubal Cabrera had three apiece.

September 26: The Indians beat Minnesota, 6-5 – The Tribe survives a wild one after the Twins score four runs in the ninth. It’s the Indians seventh win in a row.

September 25: The Indians win their sixth in a row – In front of 31,000 fans in the final Regular Season home game of the 2013 season, the Tribe wins its sixth straight and beats Chicago for the 17th time this season.

September 24: Jason Giambi hits a pinch-hit, walk-off homer to keep the Tribe’s winning streak alive – The Indians had lost their lead in the top of the ninth, but Giambi hits a mammoth homer deep into the right-field seats to keep the streak alive. It was Giambi’s third pinch-hit homer of the season, and second walk-off shot.

Sept. 23: “Mission October” takes fans inside the Indians clubhouse – Fox Sports One’s series descended on Cleveland for four days and the finished product was an enlightening look at the dynamics within the Tribe clubhouse.

Sept. 19-22: Tribe sweeps Houston at home, the club’s sixth four-game sweep of the season – It’s the first time since 1961 a club had swept six four-game series in a season, and included callup Matt Carson’s first-career walkoff hit – the Indians 10th of the season.

Sept. 21: Rookie Jose Ramirez gets welcomed to the big leagues by noted prankster Justin Masterson – Masterson, who’d been pranked earlier in the season during a live TV interview, got the young Ramirez with the old bubble-gum-on-the-hat trick.

Sept. 21: Nick Swisher springs for an Ohio- and Cleveland-themed fireworks show for fans – The fireworks were a big hit with the 26,000-plus that took in the game vs. Houston!

Sept. 19:  Juan Jose Sanchez Bracamontes commutes from MEXICO for four-game series vs. Houston – Juan had become friends on Facebook with an Indians Season Ticket Holder, and decided to come to Cleveland and take in the Tribe’s series vs. Houston.

Sept. 19: Jan Church becomes a household name with a catch of a lifetime – The 58-year-old Conneaut native tried to downplay her catch by saying she’d played softball for many years. Sorry, Jan: No downplaying this gem.

Sept. 18: Workplaces, schools show off Tribe spirit ahead of team’s last homestand – To welcome the Indians home from a road trip, the Tribe organization asked area companies and schools to show their spirit by wearing gear to work or school.

September 12-15: Tribe sweeps Chicago for third time in 2013.

Sept. 7: Niko returns to Progressive Field – The 8-year-old gained notoriety after asking Jason Kipnis and Carlos Santana to hit home runs in August – and especially when the players followed through. Young Niko was back for a heart-warming afternoon.

Sept. 4: Ryan Raburn does some rearranging in the Collection Auto Club – In his first game since returning from a couple ailments, Raburn lined a foul ball that hit a TV in Progressive Field’s new luxury space directly. The TV didn’t make it.

Sept. 4: Unnamed Tribe players take Pedro Cerrano’s ask for a live chicken to heart – A chicken showed up for BP, and the Indians are 14-5 since. Whether he’s Chicken Al, or Cody, or whatever, the chicken will be remembered fondly.

Sept 1: Aviles Grand Slam – The Tribe had lost six in a row before Mike Aviles – aka #HandsomeMike – ended a scoreless tie with a ninth-inning  grand slam in Detroit.

August 25: Stubbs again — He beat the Twins with a dramatic, eighth-inning homer to straightaway center.

August 24: John Adams celebration – The Indians honored the 40th anniversary of the unofficial team drummer with a pregame ceremony and in-game tributes to John on the scoreboard.

August 24: One word: Niko – An 8-year-old Tribe fan met Santana and Kipnis before the Saturday night game vs. Minnesota, and asked each to hit a home run. And they did.

August 20: Beats LA in 14th in LA at 3:26AM – The Tribe needed this one: Heading to extra innings tied at 1, Drew Stubbs homered in the 14th and the Indians beat the Angels at 3:26AM Eastern Time.

August 19: Rosen documentary drops – The Indians and Bill Levy introduced the new documentary, of the “Hebrew Hammer,” the 1953 American League Most Valuable Player and an Indians Hall of Famer.

Aug. 16: Vinnie Pestano makes a young fan’s day – The Tribe reliever said Fletcher’s son, Will, gave him a pick-me-up after his mom tweeted a message to Pestano after he was sent to Class AAA Columbus. In return, Vinnie sent Will and his sister signed cleats. Pretty dang cool. (Vinnie, by the way, is back with the big club for September.)

August 10: Rocky Colavito celebration – The Indians honored The Rock with a luncheon and in-game celebration for his 80th birthday.

August 7: Ryan Raburn extension – After a rough 2012 season, Raburn has found a home in Cleveland as a supersub, and signed a two-year contract extension.

August 7: Salazar take II – As if taking a no-hitter into the sixth in his first start wasn’t good enough, Danny Salazar was as, if not more, impressive against the Tigers in start No. 2. It ended poorly, as Miguel Cabrera hit a homer in the eighth to help the Tigers win, but Salazar has pitched well in his time in Cleveland.

July 31: Santana walkoff in 10th – Holy walkoffs! Carlos Santana provides the Tribe’s third in six days with this monster shot to finish off the ChiSox.

July 30: Masterson head shaving – Masterson, as part of the Indians Wives Association’s Tribe Treasures Auction, offered to shave a fan’s head in the Indians dugout. James Godshall got the honors, and was a little surprised when Masterson offered to use a Bic all the way down.

July 29: Giambi walkoff – Three nights later, Jason Giambi hit a walkoff homer in the ninth to beat Chicago, becoming the oldest player in Major League history to hit a walkoff homer.

July 29: Masterson on-air pelting – Prior to Giambi’s walkoff, Justin Masterson wowed fans with his ability to concentrate in the face of an on-air barrage of water and seeds from his teammates. It’s a must (re-)watch!

July 26: Raburn walkoff – After an off day, the Indians came home and, after his club relinquished a big lead, Ryan Raburn hit a walkoff, three-run homer in the 11th to beat Texas.

July 24: Bourn Salami – Michael Bourn hit his first career grand slam in style, in a 10-1 Tribe victory in Seattle that got the Indians started on an eight-game winning streak, which included …

July 17: Kip on a Stick overtakes Cleveland – One of Kipnis’ biggest fans, Kim Fletcher (the ubiquitous @Princess_Wikki on Twitter) debuted Kip on a Stick earlier in the season. It’s, as you might expect, a Kipnis headshot on a stick. So to congratulate Kipnis on his ASG showing, we took a Kip on a Stick around town to visit.

July 15: All-Star Game – Jason Kipnis’ RBI double in the eighth inning pads the American League lead; the AL eventually would win, 3-0.

–Joel Hammond

1 Comment

On Aug. 28, 2013, Cleveland played the Atlanta Braves in Atlanta, GA. I had the opportunity to attend and got to meet the Indians, at least most of them. I felt like I was “Queen” for the night. Nick Swisher, Terry Francona signed a ball for me and I got my picture made with Nick, Jason Giambi, Carlos Carrasco and Santana even gave me a ball. I live just a few miles from the Florida line so it was quite a trip for this “Baseball Grandma” who was celebrating her 85th birthday. It was worth every mile I had to travel just to get to see the Indians play. I met Nick in 2009 when he was with the Yankees and I have been one of his biggest fan every since. Just finished watching the Indians beat Baltimore tonight. I find myself watching all the games I can because it is too far for me to travel to Cleveland and it cost too much for my income. Go Tribe – Go!!!!!!!

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