2014 Season in Review: March/April — Contract extensions, Opening Day homers, squirrels, KLUBER
We’ll review the 2014 season with monthly recaps on TribeVibe throughout the next month or so … Here’s the first installment — April:
March 31 — Yan Gomes signs contract extension: The Tribe’s catcher inked a six-year deal on Opening Day, committing to Cleveland through 2019 with club options through 2021. Gomes following it up with an All-Star-caliber season.
March 31 — Nyjer Morgan’s sac fly and Nick Swisher’s RBI single help Indians win opener: The Tribe’s 2014 season got off on the right foot as the Tribe beats Oakland early on Tuesday morning. (Morgan had an eventful and productive stint in Cleveland before succumbing to an injury sustained in Toronto.)
April 4 – Jason Kipnis signs contract extension: Kipnis joined Gomes and Michael Brantley in committing to be a part of the Tribe’s core going forward by signing a six-year deal.
April 4 — Rain delays Tribe home opener, but Swisher’s late homer pushes the Indians to a victory: In a game delayed by two hours due to soggy conditions, the Indians beat the Twins on a cold Friday evening to open the home portion of the slate with a victory. Swisher’s homer to right in the sixth put the good guys ahead for good.
April 20 — David Murphy’s bases-clearing double beats Toronto: The new guy – also known as Good Guy, hit a two-out, three-run double in the sixth to drive in Carlos Santana, Michael Brantley and Asdrubal Cabrera and beat Toronto.
April 21 – A new Progressive Field inhabitant introduces himself: A squirrel hung out in the outfield throughout the Tribe’s series opener vs. KC; we, of course, conducted a fake interview with it about his time in Cleveland.
4/21 – Indians introduce free high-speed Wi-Fi at Progressive Field: The Indians, in response to fan feedback about cellular service at the ballpark, introduced high-speed, free public Wi-Fi for fans at Tribe games, in partnership with Verizon.
April 24 – Corey Kluber has his coming-out party: Kluber pitches a complete-game four-hitter, striking out 11 vs. Kansas City as the Indians take three of four. It, clearly, was a sign of things to come for the Cy Young favorite.