Cleveland Indians pitcher Scott Atchison visits Avon elementary students as part of NEOMG pizza party contest
Indians pitcher Scott Atchison took part in a meet and greet and pizza party on Tuesday as part of the Northeast Ohio Media Group’s Newspaper in Education program.
Jackson Mauser, a student at Avon Heritage South Elementary School, wrote the winning entry in a contest held by the NEOMG.
Jackson’s prize included a meet-and-greet with Atchison, who held a Q&A session with the class. The students also were treated to a pizza party.
NEOMG’s NIE program promotes literacy and education by providing educators and students with The Plain Dealer for use as an educational tool within the classroom. For more information, visit http://nie.plaindealer.com/.
–Photos by Dan Mendlik
So, Trevor Bauer is rolling again; in his last three starts, he’s 2-0 with a 1.21 ERA and 21 strikeouts.
He’s also passionate about helping others, and is doing so through a T-shirt design intended to help veterans and the Lone Survivor Foundation. From MLB.com:
Indians pitcher Trevor Bauer teamed up with Kyle Mauch, CEO of a company called Athletes Brand, to help design T-shirts for a good cause.
The shirts, which read “Last 1 Standing,” were inspired by the story of former Navy SEAL Marcus Lutrell, who received a Purple Heart from his actions in a 2005 ambush by Taliban fighters during Operation Red Wings.
Tribe teammates also have been wearing the shirts to raise awareness of the shirt and proceeds benefiting Lone Survivor Foundation.
In 2013 when Terry Francona became manager of the Cleveland Indians, he started the “Friends of Francona” program as a way to recognize and give back to deserving people throughout the season. Through the program, a different person is invited to attend a select Sunday home game and receive 10 complimentary Club Lounge tickets and $20 in fun money on each ticket. All of this is paid for by Tito and WTAM.
In celebration of Memorial Day, veteran Chris Esselburn was honored during Sunday’s game, making him the first recipient of this season’s Friends of Francona tickets.
“It means a lot. You never get tired of hearing the thank you’s and things like that,” Esselburn said. “To have someone like him do that it means a lot, especially this weekend as we remember those guys who didn’t come home.”
Chris, a Wooster native and a lifelong Tribe fan, joined the Marine Corps right after high school. He became a sergeant and served two tours of duty in Iraq in 2004 and 2007-2008.
Chris and his fiancée, Diana, currently live near Buffalo, N.Y., but were in town this weekend taking engagement pictures. As soon as they got into town, Chris realized the Tribe was playing and turned the radio to WTAM hearing the familiar voice of Tom Hamilton, a person closely tied to his favorite memory of the Tribe.
“My dad used to turn the speakers on to Tom Hamilton, and I remember he had this amazing home run call. Jim Thome hit this laser beam home run out of the park, and that was one of my favorite memories,” Esselburn said. “And of course to see Omar Vizquel play; he was my favorite player growing up.”
The “Friends of Francona” selection was a complete surprise for Chris arranged by his fiancée, and kept quiet by his eight friends and family members who were also in attendance. In addition to getting tickets from Tito, Chris was recognized in the sixth inning with a scoreboard read and a Kipnis jersey – small tokens to someone that sacrificed so much for our country.
“I always tell people to look up one person. There are so many stories of valor and courage from our guys that were deployed, and some of those stories ended with those guys. We remember them on Monday,” explained Chris. “If you can, take five minutes, or a minute to look up and think about one guy who locally was deployed and maybe didn’t come home. Find out what his story is. That means more than anything – not forgetting those guys.”
–TribeVibe contributor Angela Martin
Cleveland Indians players are embracing the Cleveland Cavaliers’ playoff run.
Corey Kluber, Lonnie Chisenhall, Nick Swisher and more took in Sunday night’s Game 3 win over the Hawks — though they’ll be a bit busy Tuesday night as the Rangers are in town.
Swisher even served as an in-arena host of sorts, pumping up the Quicken Loans Arena crowd between the first and second quarters: WATCH.
— Cleveland Cavaliers (@cavs) May 25, 2015
— Cleveland Cavaliers (@cavs) May 25, 2015
–Photos by Dan Mendlik, Sarah Sachs
Akron RubberDucks outfielder and Indians prospect, Anthony Gallas, is heating up in the month of May. The Cleveland native has tallied two home runs in his last five games, snapping what was a significant streak for the RubberDucks at home: 18 home games without a home run in the comforts of Canal Park.
Fast forward to the bottom of the fifth in their 19th home game, Akron trailing New Britain, 1-0, and Gallas in a hitters count.
“That at-bat, I felt on time and I got a fastball down the middle and put a good swing on it,” Gallas said.
The Kent State and Strongsville High alum snapped an 18-game homerless streak for the RubberDucks to start the season at Canal Park. It was his second long-ball in his last five games, and it helped propel Akron to a 4-2 win.
The start of the year hasn’t been the kindest to Gallas. The right-hander has hit just .218 (29-for-133) with 11 extra-base hits and 11 RBI in 34 games, but has seen success in the last week, recording 2 multi-hit games and 2 home runs in his last 6 starts.
“I’m trying to be on time and stay behind the ball,” Gallas said. “I feel like earlier in the year I was cutting the ball and I’m not out of the woods yet. I’m taking it game-by-game and pitch-by-pitch, putting good swings on the ball and hopefully good things happen.”
For Gallas, being able to play baseball in the place he grew up has given him the support he has needed through the highs and lows of the game.
“It’s good and encouraging to have people at the game. People care about you and that’s always good. Everyone is behind you,” Gallas said.
And he knows how much sports mean to Cleveland and the community.
“Ohio really is special,” Gallas said. “I don’t know what it is in the water here but you just have that sense of hometown pride.”
“The Cavs are playing and I can feel it. I know what it’s like to be (a Cleveland fan) and I know how much the fans really care about their sports teams. I’m a diehard Browns fan, a diehard Cavs fan and now playing for the Indians – what more could you want?”
– TribeVibe contributor Austin Controulis; Photos courtesy of Akron RubberDucks
Majestic Athletic and Major League Baseball have partnered up to launch a jersey day promotion that encourages people to wear their favorite team’s jersey on their team’s designated day.
Today, 5/22 is our day and titled #JerseyDayCLE – We asked all of our friends on Snapchat to do their best, and draw their edition of an Indians jersey. The submissions did not disappoint!
-TribeVibe Contributors Ryan Delgado & Angela Martin
Cleveland Indians team up with Louisville Slugger, Dick’s Sporting Goods to donate new gear to Garfield Heights Baseball League
The Cleveland Indians donated new catchers’ gear to the Garfield Heights Baseball League on Thursday night, after the league was a victim of theft from its storage facility last week.
The Indians, thanks in part to Louisville Slugger, presented the new gear to the league – including players and coaches – on Thursday night.
“One of our organization’s guiding commitments is to our community, and we’re proud to assist in the league’s time of need,” said Rebecca Kodysh, the club’s Executive Director of Community Impact.
Each of five divisions – Pee Wee, Minor, Major, Colt and Pony – will get new catchers’ gear. The teams have been practicing, but the league was in danger of not being able to begin without the stolen gear being replaced.
A guide to the six-game homestand that begins Friday at Progressive Field vs. the Reds:
Family Friendly Programs
In a continued effort to connect generations and build on the family-friendliness at Progressive Field, the Cleveland Indians have several family areas in the ballpark as well as kid-focused programs.
Kids Clubhouse and Family Deck: Families now can enjoy the game in a space designed specifically for them. Our two-story Kids Clubhouse includes Step2 toys, interactive games and kid-friendly food items for the young ones, while still providing an excellent view of the game for mom and dad.
TribeTown MVPs: New for 2015, TribeTown MVPs is the official kids club of the Cleveland Indians. Registered MVPs will have the chance to attend exclusive events, receive monthly newsletters, and skip the line for activities in the Kids Clubhouse. Memberships can be purchased at Indians.com/TribeTownMVPs.
Indians Youth Baseball Camps: Indians Youth Baseball Camps presented by Cleveland Clinic Children’s aims to teach the fundamentals of baseball and the Indians way to play. Camps are taught by former MLB player and Cleveland native Matt Kata. Those interested can find more information at Indians.com/YouthBaseball.
KeyBank Kids Fun Days: Every Sunday home game of the 2015 season will be KeyBank Kids Fun Days. Families can come to enjoy special activities including magic shows, SportsTime Ohio Kids Show and Kids Run the Bases presented by Cleveland Clinic Children’s.
Bob Feller Exhibit open to the public in the Terrace Club
The Cleveland Indians are proud to officially open the new Bob Feller Exhibit located on the Terrace Club third floor. The exhibit, which houses items from former museum in Feller’s hometown in Iowa, includes Feller’s opening day no-hitter glove, Navy jacket, father’s catcher’s mitt and more.
In addition to items from Feller’s career, fans can also see memorabilia from Corey Kluber’s historic May 13 start. Kluber struck out a career high 18 batters over 8 innings pitched making him the first Tribe pitcher to record 18-or-more strikeouts in a game since Bob Feller punched out 18 in 1938.
The third floor of the Terrace Club is free and open to all ticket holders again in 2015. If fans would like to dine in while visiting the Feller Exhibit, they can make reservations by visiting OpenTable.com and searching for Terrace Club.
Friday, May 22 vs. Reds @ 7:10PM
ALL GATES: OPEN at 6PM (Right Field Gate/Family Deck open at 5PM)
Broadcast Information: SportsTime Ohio-HD, WMMS/IRN (radio subject to change)
Sugardale Dollar Dog Night: Friday will be the second of 15 dollar dog nights throughout the 2015 season. There will also be a Sugardale sampling on Gateway Plaza before the game.
Postgame Fireworks, presented by Wayside Furniture: The first postgame firework night of the season will be set to the theme of Let the Good Times Roll featuring songs from 1977-1983.
Pregame band: Come down to the ballpark early to enjoy pregame activities and a performance by local band JukeBox Heroes on the RTA Summer Stage.
Alumni autographs: Len Barker and Joe Charboneau will be on hand for fan autographs in Heritage Park from 6PM-6:30PM.
Cleveland Foodbank food collection: Representatives from the Cleveland Foodbank will be outside the gates Friday and Saturday collecting donations.
Ohio Cup presentation: Law enforcement officials from the Ohio Department of Public Safety will be on the field pregame to present the Ohio Cup presented by Click it Or Ticket. ODPS will also be at the gates postgame passing out Buckle Up bumper stickers to all fans.
Uber representatives will be at The Corner: Uber Cleveland will be at The Corner bar passing out tchotchkes and providing fans with a passcode for a free first ride up to $20.
Wives Fundraising Weekend: The Cleveland Indians Wives Association will be holding its first Players Favorite Things auction, featuring baskets containing autographed items and our players’ favorite things.
Saturday, May 23 vs. Reds @ 4:10PM
*ALL GATES: OPEN at 2PM
Broadcast Information: SportsTime Ohio-HD, WTAM/WMMS/IRN
1975 replica jersey, courtesy of Shearer’s: 10,000 fans will receive a Red 1975 replica jersey upon entering the gates Saturday.
The Indians celebrate Rick Manning: Former Indians player and current SportsTime Ohio color commentator Rick Manning will be honored pregame today, the 40th anniversary of his big-league debut in a Tribe uniform.
Pregame band: Fans can enter the ballpark at 2PM and enjoy activities throughout the Right Field District, including a performance from local bank The Breakfast Club on the RTA Summer Stage.
Alumni autographs: Len Barker and Joe Charboneau will be on hand for fan autographs in Heritage Park from 3PM-3:30PM.
Wives Fundraising Weekend: Take the shirt right off our player’s backs by winning the Cleveland Indians Wives Association auction, which features game-worn jerseys from Friday night.
#IndiansBuckleUp: The Indians and Reds are teaming up with the Ohio Department of Public Safety to spread the word about safe driving. Use #IndiansBuckleUp in your Tweets and show that you and the Tribe care about seatbelt safety. Check out the Ohio Cup Rival Meter at mlb.com/buckleup to see where we stack up.
Dunkin Donuts postgame giveaway: Upon exiting the gates, all fans will receive a coupon courtesy of Dunkin Donuts.
Sunday, May 24 vs. Reds @ 1:10PM
*ALL GATES: OPEN at 11AM
Broadcast Information: SportsTime Ohio-HD, WTAM/WMMS/IRN (radio subject to change)
KeyBank Kids Fun Day: Back for another season, KeyBank Kids Fun Day will take place every Sunday of 2015. Families can enjoy kid friendly activities in the newly renovated Kids Clubhouse including performances from Manny The Magician, Great Lakes Science Center, Jungle Terry and a pregame interview with a current Indians player.
Kids Run the Bases Presented by Cleveland Clinic Children’s: Young Tribe fans will have the opportunity to run the bases like their favorite players after the game. All kids (12 & under) can stay immediately after the game to take part, and will receive an item from Cleveland Clinic Children’s when they’re finished.
#IndiansBuckleUp: Visit mlb.com/buckleup to see how the Indians are doing in Ohio Department of Public Safety’s buckle up contest. Be sure to tweet #IndiansBuckleUp to show that Tribe fans care about safe driving.
Win a Step2 shopping spree: Stop by the Kids Clubhouse by Step2 this Sunday and enter for your chance to win a $500 shopping spree at Step2.com! Winner will be pulled at the end of Sunday’s game.
Purell post-game sampling: Fans are able to take free samples of Purell hand sanitizer after the game. Samples will be available at all gates.
Monday, May 25 vs. Rangers @ 4:10PM
*ALL GATES: OPEN at 3PM
(Right Field Gate opens at 2PM)
Broadcast Information: SportsTime Ohio-HD, WTAM/IRN (radio subject to change)
Ed Warinner to toss first pitch: Ohio State University football’s offensive coordinator, Ed Warinner, will throw the ceremonial first pitch for today’s game.
50/50 Raffle: The 50/50 Raffle will be available for all home games in the 2015 season. The raffle supports Cleveland Indians Charities in its mission to provide softball and baseball programs to the underprivileged youth of Cleveland, among other philanthropic efforts.
Topps Cards post-game giveaway: Topps baseball cards will be available to all fans upon exiting the ballpark.
Tuesday, May 26 vs. Rangers @ 7:10PM
*ALL GATES: OPEN at 6PM (Right Field Gate opens at 5PM)
Broadcast Information: SportsTime Ohio-HD, WMMS/IRN
Sugardale Dollar Dog Night: Fans can enjoy dollar dogs for the second time this homestand courtesy of Sugardale.
Brain Hartline to throw first pitch: Former Ohio State Football player and current Cleveland Browns wide receiver Brian Hartline will toss the ceremonial first pitch for Tuesday’s game.
Ballpark app: Download MLB.com’s Ballpark app presented by KeyBank and stay up to date on all things Tribe. Ballpark features mobile check-in offers from KeyBank, Majestic and New Era, an interactive concourse map, exclusive team videos and more.
Buy Early and Save: Fans who purchase tickets early and online will always receive the best prices on game tickets. Buying tickets online rather than at the box offices provide fans the best deals.
Wednesday, May 27 vs. Rangers @ 12:10PM
*ALL GATES: OPEN at 11AM
Broadcast Information: SportsTime Ohio-HD, WTAM/IRN (radio subject to change)
Weather Education Day: The Cleveland Indians and WKYC are once again teaming up for Weather Education Day. Students, teachers and parents will participate in a pregame weather program and students participating will receive a Weather Education Day workbook.
Today’s Getaway Game is presented by the UPS Store: The UPS Store presents today’s getaway travel game. A representative from one of more than 40 local The UPS Store locations will throw out the first pitch.
Visit the Bob Feller Exhibit: Be sure to check out the new Bob Feller Exhibit located on the Terrace Club third floor. Open to all fans, the exhibit features historic items such as Feller’s navy jacket, his Opening Day no-hitter glove and much more.
Catching is a dirty job, and Tribe backstop, Yan Gomes knows it all too well. Esquire magazine has been interviewing big-league catchers on the rigors of what it takes to do their job – day in and day out. Yan fit well for this piece given his unfortunate injury early this season, and even touched on the collision aspect of being a catcher. The Silver Slugger Award winner will be back soon, and we can’t wait to see him in action. (Esquire’s full article can be read by clicking here)
Here’s an excerpt from the story:
“The 2015 season was barely a week old when Yan Gomes became the year’s first catcher casualty. Gomes, 27, was protecting the plate in the ninth inning of a close game when Tigers outfielder Rajai Davis slid into his leg, spraining Gomes’ medial collateral ligament.
He didn’t grow up dreaming of playing baseball, let alone becoming a catcher. But a Cuban coach introduced his father to the game and when the family moved to the U.S. when Gomes was 12
What’s the hardest part of being a catcher? Getting 12 to 13 pitchers through the games. It’s a lot of personalities, so you have to be able to compromise with a lot of guys. There’s also a lot studying, to understand the different hitters and different environments — and you have to be able to have your pitchers trust you.
What’s it like to get hit by the ball? Getting hit on the inside of the legs is a tough one; those are the least expected, like a sinker that gets fouled off. Or a hit right off the mask. Those give you a nice smack in the face. But as catchers we all appreciate that it’s something that’s going to happen, so we’ve got to be able to have some pain tolerance.