Cleveland Indians Jason Kipnis, Francisco Lindor reacquaint themselves with the Rays’ mascot, Raymond

Before Tuesday night’s narrow loss to the Tampa Bay Rays, Cleveland Indians players Jason Kipnis and Francisco Lindor were so excited to get back to playing baseball they decided to have a little fun with the Rays’ mascot, Raymond.

Well, at least it looked fun for Kip and Frankie.

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Unfortunately, that darn Raymond got the last laugh when the Rays rallied for a late win. And the Rays didn’t hesitate to rub it in.

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We’ll get ’em tonight.

–TribeVibe contributor Joel Hammonnd

Join the Cleveland Indians VeloSano team to ride with Sandy Alomar

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Registration for third annual VeloSano Bike to Cure event is now open – and Tribe fans can join our team!

And, there’s a bonus this year: Cycling enthusiast Sandy Alomar will be riding along with the Tribe team!

The event, developed by Cleveland Clinic and of which the Indians and owner Paul Dolan are a founding partner, has raised over $3 million in its first two years. Distance options include 12, 25, 50, 100 and 206 miles.

The Indians will provide complimentary registration fees ($60-$120 value) to the first 50 members of our team who register. Those team members also will receive a Tribe team jersey, which was designed by Sandy Alomar.

Those wishing to join the Tribe team should email mperez at Indians dot com; a registration code will be provided. Note: There are minimum fundraising requirements, which are based on the length of the ride team members choose. (Click here for minimum requirements.)

We will host another celebrity bartending event this summer to assist with fundraising.

The main ride date is Saturday, July 30. More information can be found by clicking here.

 

Take the #DontDriveDrunk pledge

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April is Alcohol Responsibility Month and the Cleveland Indians are partnering with TEAM Coalition to encourage people to take the #DontDriveDrunk pledge.

During the month of April, TEAM Coalition is running a campaign called Raise One Million ARMs to spread awareness. Help us and TEAM Coalition generate one million #DontDriveDrunk pledges. Fans can take the pledge to never drive drunk and to never provide alcohol to anyone under the legal drinking age here. One lucky person who has taken the pledge will win an amazing trip for two to the 2016 ESPY awards on July 13, in Los Angeles, California!

Learn more about TEAM Coalition and how you can get involved by visiting their website!

Tribe rewind: Cleveland Indians four-game sweep of the Rays behind amazing pitching, near Carrasco no-no

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As we embark on a three game series against Tampa Bay starting tomorrow, we figured it would be a good time to reflect on our last visit to Tropicana Field — a four-game sweep in June/July.

Not only did we sweep the Rays, but we did it in impressive fashion, with near no-hitters all around. Here’s a recap:

June 29: 7-1 win behind Cody Anderson

In his second big-league start — and his second against the Rays — Anderson allowed just 2 hits through 8 innings, on just 100 pitches, before Bryan Shaw came in for the 9th.

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June 30: 6-2 win behind Danny Salazar

Danny pitched a strong 7.2 innings, allowing only two hits and a walk — with the first hit coming in the bottom of the 6th. The Tribe topped the Rays in that contest 6-2, behind booming homers from Jason Kipnis, Gio Urshela and David Murphy.

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July 1: Carrasco nearly throws a no-no

Carlos Carrasco nearly no-hit the Rays the next night, losing his historical achievement with just one out to go — on a single by Joey Butler in the ninth. In all, Carrasco struck out a then-career high 13 in the victory.

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July 2: Kluber pitches well, Aviles gives the Tribe the sweep

Corey Kluber struck out 14 in eight innings, but the Indians needed a 10th-inning homer from Mike Aviles to win 5-4 and complete the four-game sweep.

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Cleveland Indians chef Josh Ingraham advances to final round of Avocado Madness competition in San Diego

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Last month, we covered our chefs, Josh Ingraham and Andy Johnson — who were participating in the Chef’s Roll Avocado Madness competition — where, at the time of our first story, they had advanced to the Elite Eight round of the competition. You can see that story here.

Well, as March has come and gone, the Avocado Madness competition is still in full swing, with the final round of competition happening TONIGHT in San Diego. And, you guessed it — our own Josh Ingraham has made it to the final round.

Josh Ingraham wowed the judges with his filet tartate, a deconstructed burger, and beat out stiff competition (there were 64 total chefs enrolled at the start of this!) to make his way to the final round.

He will face Ashleigh Fleming Scherman, the Executive Chef of the Carolina Club at UNC, in front of a live audience and celebrated judging panel this afternoon in San Diego.

You can watch the competition LIVE on their Facebook page, starting at 7:30PM ET HERE.

Cleveland Indians, BVU team up for volunteer challenge, this year featuring #ServiceWithSlider

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Indians mascot Slider pitches in this year as individuals can earn Tribe tickets for volunteering with local nonprofits

The Cleveland Indians and BVU: The Center for Nonprofit Excellence again will partner on the Indians Volunteer Challenge, which will provide those who volunteer in the Northeast Ohio community with tickets to select Indians games.

In the six years the Indians and BVU have partnered on the challenge, nearly 35,000 volunteers have performed over 228,000 hours of service in Northeast Ohio; that amounts to the equivalent of $5.17 million worth of service to local nonprofits.

“We remain committed to our community, and through the Indians Volunteer Challenge, our organization and BVU are able to positively impact the many outstanding local nonprofits in the Cleveland area,” said Indians Executive Director of Community Impact Rebecca Kodysh.

New this year the Indians and BVU present the campaign #ServiceWithSlider, as Indians Mascot Slider will be appearing at various volunteer events this summer (including Fields for the Future on May 12 and BVU Summer of Service on June 10).  Volunteers are encouraged to use the hashtag #ServiceWithSlider at volunteer events to engage with Slider on social media and be entered to win a chance to participate as an Indians #TribeLive fan of the game September 22 at Progressive Field.

Volunteers can register for the challenge at BVUVolunteers.org, and search for opportunities with local nonprofits. Volunteers can log hours at the same site, and once they reach four hours, they will receive instructions to obtain their Indians tickets.

Volunteers will receive two Upper Box tickets to select games (view dates at Indians.com/Volunteer) during the 2016 regular season.

Additionally, the Indians and BVU will honor one adult and one youth (18 and under) as Indians Volunteer of the Year recipients; those individuals will receive awards for logging the most hours between April 11 and August 31. The winners will be honored before the September 22 Indians game vs. Kansas City in a special pregame ceremony, receive complimentary Field Box tickets, and throw out ceremonial first pitches before the game that evening.

Corey, Amanda Kluber team with Cleveland Clinic Children’s on Kluber’s Kids program

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Corey Kluber and his wife, Amanda, have teamed with Cleveland Clinic Children’s Hospital on a new program called “Kluber’s Kids” — the first installment of which took place before Wednesday’s game!

Each Wednesday home game, we will host a child from one of our hospital partners for our “Kluber’s Kids” program. The guest will be able to watch batting practice from a VIP location in front of the dugout, potentially tour the clubhouse, and meet players.

 

A lifelong Cleveland Indians fan, nothing will stop 93-year-old Virginia Rhoades from rooting on her Tribe

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Virginia Rhoades (far right) poses with her grandchildren while taking in her first Tribe game of 2016 from the center field bullpen seats.

A daunting forecast and the possibility of some rain wasn’t going to stop 93-year-old Virginia Rhoades from making the two and a half hour trek from Bryan, Ohio to Progressive Field to catch her first Tribe game.

To clarify, this was certainly not her first Tribe game ever — just of 2016, because, you see, Virginia has been an Indians fan just about her entire life.

At 93, she’s watched the likes of Feller, Omar and Thome come through Cleveland — and without skipping a beat, when asked about her favorite memory as a fan?

“Oh, it would have to be listening to the 1948 World Series on the radio,” she said.

Rhoades’ grandson, Tristan, posted this photo to his Twitter account about 2:30 PM yesterday, when the whole entourage of children and grandchildren accompanied Virginia to the Tribe’s 7-6 victory over the Red Sox Wednesday night.

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Tristan recalls his grandmother taking he and his siblings on the bus to catch games at the ballpark, and he’ll always keep those memories as some of his fondest.

“She’s always been a huge fan,” he said, “my grandmother is the the one who got me into baseball.”

A bond that has kept them going.

Just last Sunday, Virginia said Tristan wore a Tribe jacket to church, and one of the ushers commented to Virginia how it must be her favorite jacket.

“That’s how many people know how much I love the Indians,” she said.

Just by sitting and talking to her, you’d never know Virginia Rhoades is 93. She’s unbelievably sharp, and would be willing to talk Cleveland Indians baseball with you all day if she could.

When asked her favorite player, it was a no-brainer.

“I just love Jason Kipnis,” she said, “but that Francisco Lindor, he’s going to be something else.”

And her favorite former player?

Well, that one was a bit tougher.

“Oh, you’re putting me on the spot. There are too many to choose from,” she said.

But after just a few minutes of mulling over all the historical greats she’d watched play, she had an answer.

“It would have to be Omar. We have a dog named Omar!”

When talking to Virginia, the one thing you couldn’t miss was her constant smile. The smile of a lifelong fan, surrounded by her closest family, while watching the team she’s always loved snag their first victory of the season.

And one thing is for certain, an Indians victory never gets old… even when you’re 93.

-TribeVibe contributor Missy Perez

PHOTO GALLERY: Cleveland Indians beat Boston Red Sox on Mike Napoli’s late homer

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The Indians beat the Red Sox, 7-6, on Wednesday night, to earn the club’s first victory of the 2016 season.

The Tribe took a 4-0 lead in the first on a Jason Kipnis RBI double and a Carlos Santana three-run homer. After Boston regained the lead with a four-run sixth, Juan Uribe managed a sac fly in the sixth before Mike Napoli’s solo shot in the seventh, which proved to be the game-winner.

Zach McAllister, Bryan Shaw and Cody Allen combined to throw 3.2 scoreless innings to seal the victory.

–Photos by Dan Mendlik and Maureen MacGregor

Cleveland Indians and Cleveland Clinic celebrate the birth of this year’s Opening Day Baby: Hazel

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Today, in conjunction with Cleveland Clinic Children’s, we introduced this year’s Opening Day Baby — the first baby born at Cleveland Clinic during the Tribe season.

Daniel and Melissa Ingrham are pictured here with Hazel, our 2016 Opening Day Baby!

Hazel and her parents will receive baseball-themed goodies from the hospital in celebration of her birth.

-Photos by Maureen MacGregor

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