Hattie Larlham to honor Cleveland Indians Charities, Tribe VP Bob DiBiasio at annual Circle of Caring event

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Indians Vice President Bob DiBiasio and Cleveland Indians Charities will be honored by Hattie Larlham at the nonprofit’s annual Circle of Caring event on Nov. 1 at The Bertram Inn & Conference Center in Aurora.

Hattie Larlham supports developmental disabilities by providing medical, residential, recreational and vocational services to improve those people’s lives. DiBiasio, who’s been with the Indians for 35 years, has supported Hattie Larlham since 1999. He actively raises awareness and funds for people with developmental disabilities and was instrumental in developing a Hattie Larlham summer camp in Arizona.

Since 2001, Cleveland Indians Charities has been a key partner in Hattie Larlham’s annual Sugar Bush Golf Classic in Garrettsville. The golf classic raises funds for Hattie Larlham programs. To date, Cleveland Indians Charities has donated more than $20,000 to the event.

The event, in honor of DiBiasio and Cleveland Indians Charities, will be baseball themed. The event includes entertainment; a cocktail reception; a full-course dinner; a wine pull; and live, silent, and fund-a-need auctions. WKYC Chief Meteorologist Betsy Kling returns this year as the 2014 Circle of Caring hostess.

Sponsored by the Alpha Group, the Circle of Caring funds programs for the people with developmental disabilities Hattie Larlham serves. For more information and tickets, contact Hattie Larlham Events Manager Wendy Voelker at (330) 274-2272, ext. 3087, or wendy.voelker@hattielarlham.org. Order Circle of Caring tickets online at http://www.hattielarlham.org/v/donate-circle-of-caring.asp.

Become a Tribe Season Ticket Holder for great perks, access and savings!

A Tribe fan meets Cy Young favorite Corey Kluber at the Indians annual Season Ticket Holder party.

A Tribe fan meets Cy Young favorite Corey Kluber at the Indians annual Season Ticket Holder party.

There’s never been a better time to become an Indians Season Ticket Holder! The Tribe had another exciting year on the field, winning 85 games and contending for a Postseason berth until the season’s final weekend.

Additionally, the club’s core is signed and here long term: Cy Young favorite Corey Kluber, MVP candidate Michael Brantley, emerging star catcher Yan Gomes, one-time All-Star second baseman Jason Kipnis, emerging Carlos Carrasco, Carlos Santana, and a host of others are all here for a while.

Benefits of being an Indians Season Ticket Holder include:

  • A team on the rise: The Tribe’s 177 wins over the last two years were the most in consecutive seasons since 2007-08.
  • Savings: Season Ticket Holders save up to 40% over Single-Game buyers at Progressive Field.
  • Tribe Rewards: This unique programs allows Season Ticket Holders to customize their rewards – bid on unique experiences, items and more, plus exchange your unused tickets for other games (with some restrictions).
  • Priority pre-sales: Season Ticket Holders have access to Opening Day, Postseason and other single-game tickets before the general public.
  • Team Shop discounts: Save 20% at the Team Shop – and there will be new team shops in the ballpark as part of the Progressive Field renovations project!
  • Annual Season Ticket Holder party: Season Ticket Holders have the opportunity to get up close and personal with Tribe players at this annual event, typically held in late July or early August. Here’s a photo gallery of last year’s event.
  • Client Service specialist: Each Season Ticket Holder has their own CSS rep to answer questions and serve as their point of contact for all things Tribe.
  • Payment plan options: Season Ticket Holders can pay their ticket plans over many months and payments.

If you’re interested, call 216-420-HITS TODAY and get in on the fun!

Photo gallery: Season Ticket Holder party

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One of the biggest perks of being an Indians Season Ticket Holder — aside from the major savings over Single Game ticket prices, Tribe Rewards access, Opening Day/Postseason priority and more — is the midseason STH party at Progressive Field, where players sign autographs and interact with fans in attendance. Here are photos from this year’s party.

–Photos by Dan Mendlik/David Cleveland

Photo gallery: Media Softball Day at League Park

 

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The Indians invited some of Cleveland’s media out to historic League Park to check out the Baseball Heritage Museum and play on the same spot that Babe Ruth, Cy Young, Bob Feller and more once played. It featured plenty of fun — and this fantastic play by Tribe TV play-by-play man Matt Underwood.

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–Photos by Dan Mendlik

Time-lapse video: Removal of Gate C pedestrian bridge

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On Monday, the Gate C pedestrian bridge at Progressive Field came down, part of a massive ballpark enhancement project that will dramatically reshape the Gate C entrance, opening up the ballpark to the city and vice versa.

Watch a time-lapse video of that very cool process right here:

2014 Season in Review: August — Hammy/Thome honored, ballpark renovations, Carrasco’s return, and walk-offs

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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. (more…)

New to Twitter, Carlos Santana chats up Tribe fans

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Tribe first baseman Carlos Santana joined Twitter on Sept. 8, and since then, has shown an entertaining and engaging side with Tribe fans, as the below Tweets show:

Santana told us he’s enjoying himself so far, and enjoys interacting with Tribe fans.

Make sure you follow Carlos on Twitter, and chime in — he may answer your question!

Shapiro: On appealing to young professionals, ballpark renovations and leadership as part of #CLEYPWeek

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Editor’s note: Indians President Mark Shapiro spoke with a group of Cleveland’s young professionals at the Terrace Club at Progressive Field on Thursday. The event, which was a part of Engage! Cleveland’s “Young Professionals Week,” provided 20- and 30-year-olds with the chance to hear about Progressive Field’s recent Master Plan and its improvements for the young professional audience.

Q: Tell us about the renovation and how it’s geared at young professionals.

A: [Shapiro looked at the view from the Terrace Club.] It’s a great backdrop; it beats any PowerPoint slide. As someone once told me, our scoreboard’s outdated, which I have never seen it next to another scoreboard, so you don’t realize that. If this is the ballpark you’re watching 90% of games in, you don’t always think, ‘Well, it’s 21 years old.’ While it’s still immaculately kept, it’s not the modern way that people interact with entertainment or sports entertainment or baseball games. It certainly didn’t provide that targeted experience for every person. It was kind of like we built it at a time when the real difference was where you sat, not how you watched the game. The reality is, people want to watch games differently. If you look at the ballpark and you’ve got that mezzanine area, the Kids Clubhouse, you’re going to have a real family-targeted area there. As you go below that, the wood fence is going to be taken away. A two-story bar with a rooftop deck in right field is going to have indoor-outdoor capability. If you liked the center field bar on 70-degree days in the middle of July, we’re going to have indoor-outdoor with heating and fan capability, roll-up garage doors and a rooftop deck for when it is that 70-degree, sunny day.

I think the connection to the city, the connection to what’s going on down here, to the fact that so many of you are living downtown now, we wanted to have an experience that was more targeted to different places of the ballpark, to different segments of our fan base. We wanted it to be clear that that opportunity is here to watch the game, yes, to interact with the team, yes, but to do it in a way that’s more consistent with the way we want to do that.

It started with us just getting Wi-Fi throughout the ballpark at the beginning of this year, which is hard to believe. Any of you that understand the magnitude of that effort—that was a huge effort. That wasn’t a small effort. I was shocked how much of an effort that is; it’s not just laying a wire. It’s thousands of antennas that had to get constructed and tested and put in this entire ballpark to ensure that everyone had cellular and Wi-Fi capabilities in the ballpark.

(more…)

Photo Gallery: Best of 2014 from Tribe photographers

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Our photographers had another strong year in 2014, which we shared with you throughout the season.

We asked them to pass along their favorites from the season, and you can find those in the gallery above.

–Photos by Dan Mendlik and David Cleveland

Time-lapse video: Removal of Batter’s Eye Bar at Progressive Field’s Gate C

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Earlier this week, we showed you pictures of the Batter’s Eye Bar removal; here’s video:

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