2014 Season in Review: July — Triple play, military salute, Brantley All-Star, #VoteKluber & more
We’ll review the 2014 season with monthly recaps on TribeVibe throughout the next month or so … Past installments:
July 2 – Indians turn double replay triple play: The Indians did something teams had a hard time doing this year – getting the speedy Yasiel Puig and Dee Gordon out on the basepaths. The Tribe triple play in LA went F7-2-4, Brantley to Gomes to Kipnis. With two instant replay reviews thrown into the mix, this became a first-of-its-kind play.
July 4 – Indians honor military with Homestand Heroes: The Indians played host to branches of the military on our nation’s birthday, with the club’s first Homestand Heroes military tribute — during which the Indians paid tribute to fallen, current and future military heroes before and after the game.
July 6 — Brantley named to first All-Star team: Michael Brantley was named to his first AL All-Star team after a stellar first half.
July 6 — #VoteKluber madness begins: We thought Tribe pitcher, after a stellar May and first half generally, would also be named an AL All-Star. Instead, he was part of the Final Vote, which meant we had to get creative on social media. The result was a wild four days of #VoteKluber. Sorry again for filling up your timelines.
July 6 — Big Yan and Little Yan: 6-year-old Yan Perez got to meet Tribe catcher Yan Gomes before the Tribe’s game against the Royals, and Yan even hit a homer later for the little guy. Yan Perez was undergoing treatment for a serious illness, and was treated to a trip to the ballpark by the Ronald McDonald House.
July 7 — Hegan remembered: Late Tribe broadcaster Mike Hegan was honored before the Tribe’s game against the Yankees, and it was quite the touching tribute, led by his former partner, Tom Hamilton.
July 9 – Rookie catcher Roberto Perez’s debut is one to remember: New face Roberto Perez singled, homered and walked in his big-league debut, against the Yankees. Pretty cool.
July 13 — Aviles turns incredible double play: The effort was good enough to get to the ball and get one out … But the throw? Whoa.
July 15 — Brantley introduced at the All-Star Game: Ten days after being named an All-Star, Michael Brantley is introduced as part of the AL team.
July 18 – Indians score seven in the seventh in first game after break, beat Detroit: The Tribe bats were quiet in the second half opener, but the Indians scored seven in the seventh – including a three-run Jason Kipnis homer — to beat the Tigers and begin a series in which they took three of four.
July 25 – Indians employee and Shaw HS grad inspires Summer of Service project: The Indians Valencia Kimbrough, a Shaw High School grad, inspired a city-wide cleanup of East Cleveland’s Forest Hills Park.
7/28 – First Mission Swisher event raises money for local charities: Nick Swisher and his wife, JoAnna, continued their philanthropic ways in the Cleveland community by hosting a charity scavenger hunt at Progressive Field.
7/30 — Kluber shuts out Mariners on 85 pitches: Yes, more Kluber. On this night, he delivers a Maddux – aka a complete game shutout on fewer than 100 pitches.