Violet Patton is first ‘Littlest Fan’ of 2014 Indians season, presented by FirstMerit Bank

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Julie and Daniel Patton and their new daughter, Violet, are the first family to receive Indians Littlest Fan gifts, presented by FirstMerit, on Tuesday at Fairview Hospital.

The family, from Cleveland, received an Indians blanket and a stuffed FirstMerit “Franklin” plush doll. Violet is the Pattons’ first child, and Julie Patton has been a Tribe fan since birth, attending her first game at 18 months old.

Families who have babies at participating Cleveland Clinic and University Hospitals during the 2014 season will receive an Indians blanket for their newborn and a plush FirstMerit Franklin Moose.

“For more than165 years, FirstMerit has been committed to helping families in our communities,” said JULIE C. TUTKOVICS, FirstMerit’s Chief Marketing Officer. “The arrival of a new baby is an exciting event for any family. Working together with the Indians at this wonderful time is the perfect partnership of two local organizations committed to families.”

The program is just one part of the Indians’ family-focused initiatives for 2014. In addition to 11 kids-themed event days, the team has reduced concessions prices on many items, KeyBank Kids Value Tickets are new for 2014. Kids tickets now include $15 in loaded value for use at concession or merchandise stands; each full-price adult ticket can include two KeyBank Kids Value Tickets. More information can be found at

The Indians 4-3-2-1 initiative also returns, offering reduced concessions prices: $4 12-ounce domestic beer, $3 hot dogs, $2 soda refills and 13 $1 hot dog nights, presented by Sugardale. Plus, fireworks will return on 17 occasions, including the award-winning Rock N’ Blast two-night spectacular.

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). This year, the clubhouse again 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

“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.”


Have been a Cleveland Indian’s fan for years. My dad and I were regular fans of the farm team Kinston Indians back in the early 40s. That was in Kinston , NC. Am almost 86 years old and stay up to watch the game now even though I live in South Georgia. Went to see my Indians vs Atlanta Braves last August. Would love to be able to go see them in Tampa. Be sure and tell Swisher I said “hello” and hit a home run for me tonight. Goooooo INDIANS!!!!!!

Thats awesome Julie! Congrats to you and Daniel!!

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