2014 Season in Review: August — Hammy/Thome honored, ballpark renovations, Carrasco’s return, and walk-offs
We’ll review the 2014 season with monthly recaps on TribeVibe throughout the next month or so … Past installments:
Aug. 1 – Tom Hamilton honored: Hammy was celebrated before the game for 25 years in the Tribe radio booth, and shared the night on the field with his family.
Aug. 1 – David Murphy goes off in 12-2 win: Murphy went 4-for-4 with two doubles and two singles in the Tribe’s win over his former team.
8/2 – Giambi gives up No. 25 for Thome: At the end of a pregame ceremony honoring Jim Thome – statue unveiling, Thome retiring as a member of the Indians and more – Jason Giambi gave up his No. 25 as an homage to Thome. Pretty cool.
8/3 – Brantley hits second walk-off homer of the year: The Indians completed a three-game sweep of the Rangers on Brantley’s walk-off in the 12th, his 16th homer to that point.
Aug. 7 – Indians unveil Progressive Field renovations: Indians President Mark Shapiro unveiled major enhancements to Progressive Field aimed at improving the fan experience. The project includes an expanded Kids Clubhouse, new social spaces and better connection to the city and players.
Aug. 10 – Carlos Carrasco returns to rotation, starts amazing second half: Carrasco, who started the year in the rotation but moved to the bullpen, returned to the rotation and pitched five scoreless innings to start a remarkable second half of the season.
Aug. 12 – Rain delay spurs slip and slide: After a long rain delay ended up in a series opener washout, Lonnie Chisenhall, Mike Aviles and Jason Kipnis decided to have a little kid-like fun.
Aug. 13 – Welcome to Cleveland, Zach Walters!: Relatively new face Zach Walters – acquired in the Indians trade of Asdrubal Cabrera at the trade deadline – hit a walk-off homer in the first game of a doubleheader at Progressive Field.
Aug. 15 – Aviles gets walk-off No. 2: Mike Aviles hits a walk-off homer in the 11th to beat eventual ALCS team Baltimore.
Aug. 15 – Tribe players visit Providence House: Indians players Carlos Santana, Yan Gomes and Lonnie Chisenhall visited the Cleveland crisis nursery to pack intake bags for kids.
Aug. 18 – Kipnis makes a fan’s day: Jason Kipnis invited one lucky fan and her family to the ballpark to enjoy a behind-the-scenes look at his day. Pretty cool.
Aug. 18 — Kluber auditions for “True Detective”: The Cy Young favorite also appears to be an avid actor, with a spot-on impersonation of Rust Cohle of “True Detective” fame.
Aug. 19 — Atchison extension/fun: Veteran reliever Scott Atchison signed an extension, which was one more reason for teammates to make fun of his age.
Aug. 23 – Ramirez walks off: Young shortstop Jose Ramirez drives a walk-off single to left to give the Indians a bounce-back win over Houston.
Aug. 26 — Walters hits another game-winning HR: On the road, in a 6-6 game, Walters hit another big homer, this a two-run shot in the 10th to give the Tribe a road win.
Aug. 29 — Rally Staches appear: Mustaches, for some reason, became the rallying cry for the Tribe as they headed to Kansas City for a key matchup with the Royals (which the Indians ended up sweeping).
Aug. 31 – Wild games ends suspended with Cleveland leading 4-2: KC’s Alex Gordon sent ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball game to extras with a solo homer in the bottom of the ninth, while Lonnie Chisenhall’s two run double in the 10th gave the Indians a lead. Then the rains and wind came, and the teams finished the game on Sept. 22 in Cleveland.