PHOTOS: Cleveland Indians players become celebrity bartenders to raise money for VeloSano

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Jason Kipnis, Terry Francona, Trevor Bauer, Francisco Lindor, Danny Salazar, Roberto Perez and more all stopped by The Corner on Wednesday after the Indians beat the Tigers — all for a good cause.

The players participated in an event to raise money for VeloSano, a Cleveland Clinic fundraising bike ride that supports cancer research. The Indians, led by owner Paul Dolan, are founding partners of the event, which raised $1.7 million in its first year in 2014.

–Photos by Dan Mendlik

PHOTO GALLERY: Cleveland Indians beat Tampa Bay Rays with a walk-off by David Murphy on Sunday

–Photos by Dan Mendlik and Sarah Sachs

Friends of Francona program honors veteran Jake Kucbel at Sunday’s game

Friends of Francona

Continuing with our Friends of Francona program, we had Air Force Veteran Jake Kucbel here on Sunday against the Tampa Bay Rays.

Jake Kucbel proudly served in the United States Air Force, stationed at Beale Air Force Base in California, from 2000 until 2004. In September of 2001, Jake was scheduled to come home to Ohio for his 22nd birthday, but his plans were quickly changed when he was called to duty just days after September 11, 2001. During his time in combat, Jake received many awards including the Air Force Achievement Medal, Nato Medal, Global War on Terror Service and Expeditionary Medal, and Southwest Asia Service Medal.

Jake is a life-long Indians fan, living most of his life in Lorain and Amherst and says he’s been a fan since day one.

“I’ve lived around here my whole life, this is my team,” Jake said Sunday. He’s been to a number of games and recalls of the 2007 ALCS: “I’ve been to many games, but one of the latest games I’ve been to was ’07 in the ALCS, we were up 3 games to 1 against Boston, this experience today though is incredible.”

Jake is a service-connected disabled Veteran. After returning stateside from his tours of duty, Jake began experiencing severe migraines. He suffers from these migraines every day of his life. Often, these migraines impact daily activities and can be especially difficult in day to day life.

Jake works full time as a Corporate Quality Engineer at PolyOne in Avon and attends graduate school at Ashland University. He and his wife care for their four children Emma (age 6), Jonathan (age 4), Olivia (age 2), and Nicholas (age 5 months).

Being at the park with his family today was special to Jake.

“My wife put this together…I was just looking forward to coming to the ballpark with my children, and after the game to go play catch on the field which was just fantastic,” he said. “But with this not only is my family here, but my brother’s here, her brother’s here, everyone’s here, so it’s a great family affair.”

Jake couldn’t have beeen more excited when he got the news of what was happening today.

“We walked into the stadium and I didn’t even know! It wasn’t until we saw other people show up that I was asking why are my parents here? They told me they were going golfing today!….They got me pretty good!”

The Friends of Francona program looks to honor deserving Tribe fans with 10 free tickets to the Club Lounge (all food and soft drinks included in the price of the ticket) as well as $20 fun money on each ticket. The program was started by Indians Manager Terry Francona in 2013 with everything paid for in full by Tito and WTAM.

-TribeVibe Contributor, Ryan Delgado

Tribe fans celebrate AL Champs at 1995 Indians Reunion

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–Photos by Dan Mendlik and Sarah Sachs

Cleveland Indians celebrate 1995 AL Championship team at Progressive Field

Friday was an amazing night of celebration for the Cleveland Indians 1995 AL Championship team, with a pregame ceremony on the field, in-game highlights from the magical season and a post-game flag raising ceremony in the Right Field District.

–Photos by Dan Mendlik and Sarah Sachs

Francona, Kipnis, Lindor, coaches and more to appear post-game June 24 at The Corner to benefit VeloSano

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Indians vs Blue Jays

Paul Dolan, Mark Shapiro, Chris Antonetti scheduled to appear at charity eventC

Cleveland, OH— The Cleveland Indians will play host to a celebrity bartending event to benefit VeloSano following the Tribe and Tigers Noon game on Wednesday, June 24. The event will be held at Progressive Field’s “The Corner” in the Right Field District, which has become one of the hottest spots in Cleveland featuring nearly 40 beers on tap.

The Indians celebrity bartending lineup includes:

  • Manager Terry Francona
  • President Mark Shapiro
  • GM Chris Antonetti
  • 2B Jason Kipnis
  • RHP Trevor Bauer
  • RHP Carlos Carrasco
  • RHP Danny Salazar
  • RHP Bryan Shaw
  • LHP Marc Rzepczynski
  • SS Francisco Lindor
  • 3B Giovanny Urshela

*All celebrity bartenders subject to change

Fans are encouraged to attend the Noon game vs. the Tigers and stay post-game to support the cause, with tips and 20% of proceeds going directly to VeloSano.  The Indians will have a silent auction available to raise additional money. Snack items such as nachos and peanuts will also be available for purchase.

Fans not able to attend the game are still invited without a game ticket to attend the event and enter Progressive Field at the Right Field Gate near the New Era Team Shop off East 9th St. 30 minutes following last out of the game. The event is expected to conclude 3.5 hours (approx. 6:30pm) following the last out.

The Indians partnered once again with Cleveland Clinic to support VeloSano, an annual charity bike ride event, held this summer July 17-19 in Cleveland. The Indians will also field a team of nearly 60 riders, including Indians Chairman and CEO Paul Dolan and other members of the Indians front office.

VeloSano, Latin for “swift cure,” is a major community fundraising initiative, where 100% of dollars raised by VeloSano participants directly benefits cancer research at Cleveland Clinic. At its core, it’s a cycling event where riders commit to raise a pre-determined dollar amount by requesting support from personal contacts.

Carlos Baerga, Alvaro Espinoza to speak Sunday evening at Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage

28 Oct 1995: Carlos Baerga #9 of the Cleveland Indians jumps to make a double play as Ryan Klesko of the Atlanda Braves slides into the plate during  game six of the World Series at the Fulton County Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia. The Braves defeated the Indians 1-0. Mandatory Credit: Otto Greule Jr.  /Allsport

Tribe alumni Carlos Baerga and Alvaro Espinoza will participate in an “evening of Latino legends” at the Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage on Sunday evening, after the Indians series against the Tampa Bay Rays concludes in downtown Cleveland.

From 4PM-6PM, Tribe fans can tour the museum’s “Chasing Dreams: Baseball and Becoming American” exhibit, an interactive, artifact-filled exhibition celebrating barrier breakers exploring how societal values have played out through America’s pastime.

At 6PM, Baerga and Espinoza will participate in a moderated discussion hosted by Indians VP Bob DiBiasio; the chat will include the duo’s careers in Cleveland, the 195 World Series team and the prolific career of Roberto Clemente. Clemente, from Puerto Rico like Baerga, died in a plane crash during a humanitarian aid mission to Nicaragua.

Call 216-593-0575 or visit maltzmuseum.org to secure your ticket, which are $12.

Indians bounce back, ‘pen stellar as Tribe beats Chicago Cubs on Thursday

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A night after being beaten 17-0, the Tribe bounced back with some clutch hitting and some rain-induced, stellar work out of the bullpen in a 4-3 win.

The bullpen pitched 4.1 scoreless, including a rare fifth- and sixth-inning appearance from Cody Allen.

It all worked though — the Tribe took two of three from the Cubs in this rain-shortened, two-city series.

Cleveland Indians players, coaches, front office staff who shaved heads to support Mike Aviles gather for group photos

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On Thursday, all Indians players, coaches and front office staff who shaved their heads to support Mike Aviles and his 4-year-old daughter, Adriana, gathered for a group photo at Progressive Field.

The group wore orange “Team Adriana” T-shirts for leukemia awareness. Adriana was diagnosed with leukemia, and all players, coaches and some front office staff – including Paul Dolan, GM Chris Antonetti and more – have shaved their heads in support.

Cleveland Indians donate iPads to Boys and Girls Club of Cleveland

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Relievers pay forward recent ransom note surrounding Brandon Moss’ 100th home run ball

Cleveland Indians outfielder Brandon Moss hit his 100th home run on June 2 in Kansas City. His teammates held it for ransom.

A week later, Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO, used the ball in the company’s Worldwide Developers Conference, and told the audience he’d pay off the ransom.

On Wednesday, the Tribe’s relievers got the ransom — but had one more surprise in store: The group purchased and donated a dozen iPads to the Boys and Girls Club of Cleveland; the iPads will be used in the club’s Learning Center.

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