All 30 clubs will wear specially designed caps and jerseys featuring an authentic military digital camouflage design licensed from the United States Marine Corps on Monday, May 27, in honor of Memorial Day.
MLB also will conduct a moment of silence prior to all games throughout Memorial Day weekend to honor members of the military who lost their lives serving their country. On Memorial Day itself, MLB will join the National Moment of Remembrance, an initiative the league has participated in since 1997, where all games will stop for a moment of silence at 3PM local time.
The Memorial Day effort is part of MLB’s ongoing recognition of veterans, active military and military families. MLB has committed $23 million to Welcome Back Veterans (welcomebackveterans.org) since its inception in 2008.
MLB will donate 100% of its net proceeds from sales of the caps and jerseys to Welcome Back Veterans as part of its contribution to the program.
Welcome Back Veterans, an initiative of Major League Baseball Charities and the Robert R. McCormick Foundation, provides grants to university hospitals throughout the country that provide post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and traumatic brain injury (TBI) treatment to veterans and their families in a public/private partnership.
Currently, Welcome Back Veterans is funding programs at Weill Cornell in New York City, The University of Michigan, Rush University Medical Center, Duke University, Emory University, UCLA and the Boston Red Sox’ Home Base Program at Mass General Hospital in Boston. These institutions are developing new programs and strategies to improve the quality, quantity and access to PTSD and TBI treatment for veterans, particularly those returning from duty in Iraq and Afghanistan.
MLB Clubs will have the opportunity to wear the uniforms on other days where they honor the military.
Can you think of a better way to spend a sunny Monday afternoon than watching a walk-off win at the ballpark? Over 6,000 children from the area experienced just that at Weather Education Day, presented by Time Warner Cable.
The morning featured a weather education presentation from WKYC meteorologists Betsy Kling and Hollie Strano, with science experiments and interactive games. Students also enjoyed cartoons, a Radio Disney appearance, and a Youth Baseball Camp demonstration prior to the Indians – Mariners game at noon. All students participating also received a Weather Education Booklet.
Indians utility man Mike Aviles spoke about how weather affects the game of baseball, specifically the need to adjust to the direction of the wind and where the sun is located in the sky. He also stressed the importance of wearing sunscreen to prevent sunburn and skin cancer.
Select students from Roehm Middle School experienced the game in the Indians Social Suite, which included a social media discussion with Wally the Waterdrop from the Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District:
— Saeanna(@saeanna1) May 20, 2013
— swbarber63 (@swbarber63) May 20, 2013
— Thompson (@Hoffson25) May 20, 2013
— Spokesdrop, NEORSD (@wallywaterdrop) May 20, 2013
— Spokesdrop, NEORSD (@wallywaterdrop) May 20, 2013
– TribeVibe contributor Courtney Shilling; photos by Kyle Emery
–Photos By Kyle Emery
The Cleveland FBI Citizens Academy Foundation (FBICAF) is pleased to announce the donation of $25,000 from Cleveland Indians player, Nick Swisher. The funds will be used to purchase Child Identification kits for distribution at the Indians/Tigers game on May 22nd and in the Greater Cleveland area throughout the year. Child ID kits will be distributed throughout the Cleveland community by the FBICAF, FBI, and partnering organizations.
“We are extremely grateful for Nick’s commitment to the Cleveland community and his partnership with the FBICAF,” says Steve Williger, Chairman of the Board of the FBICAF. “Through his efforts, many local families will have the assurance of knowing they have vital information they can provide to law enforcement authorities should anything happen to their child.”
Nick Swisher says, “Being involved with the Child ID program was a no-brainer for me. Protecting and helping children is something that’s just instinctive – but now that I’m about to be a Dad for the first time, it takes on a whole new meaning. I am proud to be a part of this.”
The FBICAF and FBI will recognize Swisher on Wednesday, May 22nd at the Indians/Tigers game in a pre-game ceremony for his commitment to protect Cleveland area children. An award will be presented to him recognizing his community service and partnership from the FBICAF, FBI and AFCA.
“The AFCA/FBI National Child ID Program is grateful for Nick’s commitment to help protect the children of Northeastern Ohio,” said Bret Phillips, VP of Government Relations of the AFCA/FBI National Child ID Program. “Nick Swisher is a professional athlete who understands the importance of investing back in the community. Because of his generous support, parents in Northeastern Ohio will have a Child ID Kit that law enforcement can use in case of an emergency.”
Each Identification kit is comprised of an inkless fingerprinting card, a DNA collection envelope, and a cut-out wallet card. The entire fingerprinting process lasts approximately five minutes. If ever needed, the completed identification kit can immediately give authorities the vital information they need to assist them in their efforts to locate a missing child.
The FBI Citizens’ Academy Foundation of Cleveland was formed in December, 2004 and is a nonprofit public service organization with the goal of promoting safer communities in the greater Cleveland metropolitan area. The members believe this can be accomplished by improving understanding and encouraging appreciation of law enforcement among the citizenry and community leaders.
The American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) created the National Child Identification Program in 1997 to provide parents/guardians with a kit that records their children’s physical characteristics, fingerprints and DNA and is kept at home with the parent. If ever needed, the Child ID Kit gives authorities vital information to assist their efforts to locate a missing child. In December 2001, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) joined in partnership with the AFCA to help increase child safety awareness. To date more than 30 million Child ID Kits have been distributed, making the National Child Identification Program the LARGEST child identification effort ever conducted.
So, you couldn’t make it to the ballpark this weekend, huh? You missed a heck of a four-game sweep of the Seattle Mariners.
There’s still time to see the Tribe before they take off for six games; the Indians play host to Detroit Tuesday and Wednesday before visiting Boston for four and Cincinnati for a pair. Get your tickets here, and remember: Buying early and using our new FanPass paperless ticketing technology not only saves time, but also money!
Here’s a look back at the Seattle series in facts, figures, faces – and fun!
Jason Kipnis’ walk-off homer was the first of his career and the second walk-off hit of his career, the other a 2-out, RBI-single on July 25, 2011 vs. the Angels. Friday’s homer off Seattle lefty Lucas Luetge marked the first walk-off home run for Cleveland in a lefty-lefty matchup since Travis Hafner on July 7, 2011 vs. Toronto.
Ubaldo Jimenez took a no-decision in the victory, leaving with a 3-1 lead in the sixth. His nine strikeouts were his most in a start since recording 10 last Aug. 9, 2012 vs. Boston (5-3 win). The right-hander now has tallied at least eight strikeouts in three consecutive starts to match a career-high. Jimenez has taken a win (three) or no-decision (two) in his last five outings.
Vinnie Pestano notched his first win of the season with a scoreless 10th inning; he was activated from the disabled list prior to the game (right elbow tendinitis). With the win, Cleveland’s bullpen improved to 6-0, only ‘pen in the Majors without a loss this season.
Mark Reynolds’ RBI fielder’s choice – his third career walk-off RBI — gave the Indians their fourth walk-off win of 2013, the others coming in a 1-0 victory on April 12 vs. the White Sox (Nick Swisher RBI-single in the bottom of the 9th; Justin Masterson CG SHO), a 10-inning, 7-6 victory on May 3 vs. Minnesota (Drew Stubbs RBI-double in the bottom of the 10th) and a 10-inning, 6-3 victory on May 17 vs. Seattle (Kipnis 3-run homer in the bottom of the 10th). The back-to-back walk-off wins were the first time the Tribe achieved that feat since April 29 and April 30, 2011.
With the 5-4 win, the Indians improved to 11-3 in one-run games in 2013.
Zach McAllister continued to pitch well, giving up two runs in 7 1/3 innings; he did not factor into the decision, though, after Seattle tied the game in the ninth. Reynolds had three RBI in all, the fourth time this season he’s accomplished that feat. Michael Bourn became the second Indians player this season to have two stolen bases in the same game.
The victory ensured another series win for the Tribe, as they are now 8-3-4 in 15 series played thus far this season and 6-0-4 in their last 10. The Indians also are now 5-2-1 in home series and 5-1-1 in weekend series.
The Indians have been at or above the .500 mark for 17 straight days.
With the win over Felix Hernandez, Cleveland improved to 7-1 against former Cy Young winners this season; club has now defeated R.A. Dickey, David Price, Roy Halladay, Cliff Lee, Bartolo Colon, Justin Verlander and Hernandez. Per the Elias Sports Bureau, the 2013 Indians are the first team in MLB history to defeat 7 past Cy Young winners before June 1.
Masterson won his third consecutive start for the third time this season, holding the Mariners scoreless through 7 innings and striking out a season-high 11 batters; he fell just one strikeout short of his career high (12; September 30, 2009 vs. CWS). He also became the first Indians pitcher to win 7 starts through the club’s first 42 games of the season since Charles Nagy in 1996 (Indians record 29-13), and extended his career-high stretch of scoreless innings to 19. For his efforts — Masterson also pitched a complete game shutout last Monday vs. the Yankees — he was named the American League Player of the Week.
The Indians now have won five straight, eight of 10, 12 of 15, 18 of 22 and 21 of their last 28 games, as Cleveland owns the highest winning percentage in the Majors since April 20 (.750, 21-7).
The victory marked the Tribe’s fifth walk-off win of 2013; Cleveland had 6 walk-off wins in 2012. The Indians also improved to 15-8 at Progressive Field this season, outscoring opponents 85-45 over their last 15 home games.
Yan Gomes recorded his first career multi-home run game, and put an exclamation point on the Indians four-game sweep with his first career walk-off RBI. Eight of Gomes’ 16 hits on the season have been for extra bases, including four home runs, two doubles and two triples; 16 of his first 36 career hits have also been for extra bases including six doubles, two triples and eight home runs.
Ryan Raburn and Gomes belted back-to-back home runs off Hisashi Iwakuma in the bottom of the second, the fifth time the club has gone back-to-back thus far in the season.
–Text by Indians Communications staff; photos by Dan Mendlik and Kyle Emery
The guys are glad to be back in Cleveland — and in first place! Enjoy this photo slideshow from Friday batting practice.
–Kyle Emery photos
A group of 25 Cleveland-area high school students spent much of Wednesday at Progressive Field as part of The Plain Dealer’s Reporter for a Day program.
The group met with an Indians representative to talk about the team’s efforts in social media and how it affects interaction with fans and media, along with players’ interactions with fans.
They then spoke with veteran Plain Dealer reporter Paul Hoynes to talk about the profession before sitting in on Indians manager Terry Francona’s daily pregame press briefing. They then watched batting practice from outfield seats, followed by the treat of the day: a sitdown with Indians players Chris Perez, Yan Gomes and Cody Allen.
They also were given two assignments: to write about their day for possible publishing on Cleveland.com, and also to Tweet throughout the day using the hashtag #TribeReporter for inclusion on TribeVibe.
Below are some of the best Tweets we received throughout the day:
Had an absolutely phenomenal experience at the ballpark yesterday, learned so much!! #tribereporter
— J.D. Walker (@JDWalker13) May 9, 2013
— Tommy Carosielli (@TCarosielli8) May 9, 2013
— Connor Lowe (@ConnorLowe55) May 9, 2013
— Tim Tedeschi (@Timo_Ted61) May 9, 2013
— Clayton Carmen (@ClaytonCarmen) May 9, 2013
Just walked by Asdrubal Cabrera. No big deal really. #TribeReporter
— Tyler Carey (@tylercarey94) May 8, 2013
— Zach Fehrenbach (@zfbach) May 8, 2013
I would just like to say that some of these kids that I met who are fellow #tribereporter s are truly incredible.
— Teri Theobald (@T_DawgTeri) May 8, 2013
— Jake Hromada (@JakeH25) May 8, 2013
–TribeVibe contributor Joel Hammond
Cleveland Indians outfielder Drew Stubbs paid a visit to St. Mark School in Cleveland’s West Park neighborhood on Monday as part of a partnership between the Indians and The Plain Dealer, and the publication’s “Education Corner.”
During the offseason, The PD held poetry contests for school children to write the best cinquain they could muster, about Cleveland and the Indians. The winner would get a pizza party for his class, attended by an Indians player.
The winner was Marty Maloney, a seventh-grader at St. Mark Catholic School in Cleveland’s West Park neighborhood. Here’s the always-trusty Wikipedia on the definition and forms of a cinquain; and here’s Marty’s winning prose:
Your home, my home!
Cleveland is where it’s at!
Be proud, scream loud; Celebration!
Stubbs was at the school this past Monday, and talked to the class about how he got to where he is, told them to stay in school and signed autographs and took pictures with the kids. Afterward, the group at pizza with him.
–TribeVibe contributor Joel Hammond (pictures by Dan Mendlik)
CPD officer Jeff Stanczyk, retiring after 33 years on the force, reflects on time as Progressive Field’s ‘Bullpen Cop’
You might know him as the Tootsie Roll Cop, as TribeVibe contributor Megan Golden wrote last July.
And while Jeff Stanczyk still hands out the delectable chocolate treats like they’re, well, candy, his time with the Cleveland Police Department and protecting the visitors bullpen is nearing an end.
Stanczyk is retiring this year after 33 years on the force, and there will be no shortage of folks who will miss him around Progressive Field. Stanczyk presented – not sang, not performed – presented the national anthem before Tuesday night’s Indians-A’s game at the stadium, and he said in an interview Tuesday before he sang it that it was one of his highest honors.
It was the third time he’s done it at Progressive Field, and he also has presented it at Cleveland Browns Stadium. While in college at Ohio State, he and friends sang in a barbershop quarter at Cedar Point.
“I think I’m their mercy call, when no one else will do it,” Stanczyk jokes. “It’s a true honor for me to do it, because people made sacrifices for us to be here.”
The engaging Stanczyk has been at Progressive Field since it opened in 1994 and spent years before that at old Cleveland Municipal Stadium. He worked the Progressive Field bleacher seats for many years before moving to the visitors bullpen, where he keeps the peace between fans and opposing relief pitchers.
He’s also endeared himself to those relievers and the fans who sit near them. Whether it’s those Tootsie rolls, or his trademark phrase – “Look at my face” – when he wants you to understand he’s being sarcastic, his boisterous demeanor and booming voice makes him one of the best-known folks around the ballpark, outside of Nick Swisher and Jason Kipnis, of course.
And yet Stanczyk, a Cleveland native, says he feels lucky for having the opportunity to be involved with the game, fans and players.
“I’ve watched people grow up here,” he said. “That makes it special. I want to help make it special for everyone here, just like all the other employees throughout the park do. This is not about me or any other one individual. We’re all just spokes in the wheel.”
His wife, Caroline – “everyone calls her Bootsie, though” – and son Adam were on hand on Tuesday. As for what he plans to do after retirement from the CPD, Stanczyk says he’ll be back to work soon – maybe even at Progressive Field in some capacity.
–TribeVibe contributor Joel Hammond