PHOTO GALLERY: Cleveland Indians take part in second annual Fields for the Future park cleanup project

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The Indians hosted the second annual Fields for the Future project on Thursday at Cleveland’s Gunning Park.

In partnership with Cleveland Indians Community partners (MCPc, Victory Park Ohio, Minute Men Staffing Services, Mo Vaughn Enterprises, Electronic Merchant Systems), the Motz Group, the City of Cleveland, Fox Sports Ohio, WKYC, and the Baseball Tomorrow Fund, the Indians and community members will renovate a baseball field at Gunning.

The Motz group will regrade the field and build a pitcher’s mound, while the Baseball Tomorrow fund provided a $10,000 donation. BVU: The Center for Nonprofit Excellence helped coordinate and scope projects for this program. Volunteers will assemble new bleachers, paint worn seating, install new dugout benches and assist with landscaping projects. Subway is donating lunch for the volunteers.

Indians catcher Yan Gomes and his wife, Jenna – who made a financial donation to support the project and serve as the spokespersons for the program — and Ken Silliman, Mayor Frank G. Jackson’s chief of staff, will also be in attendance. The newly renovated field will be unveiled at approximately 3:30PM, with Gomes catching the first pitch.

–Photos by Dan Mendlik and Maureen MacGregor

Cleveland Indians pitcher Carlos Carrasco visits kids at University Hospitals Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital

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Carlos Carrasco, unfortunately, is injured. He hurt his left hamstring on April 24 in Detroit, and has been rehabbing feverishly to return to the Tribe sooner rather than later.

In the meantime, though, he’s using his free time to make an impact on local kids’ lives.

He visited sick kids on Wednesday at UH Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital — and their smiles say it all. Thanks, Carlos!

–Photos by Dan Mendlik

Cleveland Indians curator Jeremy Feador will talk Tribe history on Thursday at Happy Dog

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The Cleveland Indians official baseball historian, Jeremy Feador, will talk about the birth of professional baseball in Cleveland tomorrow night starting at 7PM at Happy Dog on 5801 Detroit Ave.

A little background on what Jeremy will be discussing via Happy Dog’s Facebook event: The Forest Citys were Cleveland’s first attempt at an organized baseball club. They were formed in 1865, shortly after the Civil War ended, as an amateur club. They slowly picked up steam and began playing players in the late 1860’s, including 2013 Baseball Hall of Famer, Deacon White.

By 1871, they had joined the National Association as a professional club, and played in the very first Major League game ever played, only to fold during the 1872 season. The talk will highlight significant members, events and games in the club’s history.

Be sure to head to Happy Dog tomorrow night to hear Jeremy’s presentation on a bit of our history!

104 year old Tribe fan celebrates Mother’s Day and birthday at Progressive Field

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Birthday girl Emily Serian, also known as Nana, says she’s been a Tribe fan for all 104 years of her life. Serian, who hails from Punxsutawney, Penn. and now lives in Cleveland, attended Sunday’s game with her family to celebrate Mother’s Day and her 104th birthday.

Serian, who is one of 17 kids, has had an interest in baseball since she was young — she grew up around the sport and always attended her brothers’ baseball games. Her love for baseball grew when she married her husband and they started attending Indians games together in the 1940s. Serian recalled her trip to the 1948 World Series saying, “We packed up a picnic and traveled to Cleveland… it was one of the most exciting times of my life.”

Since then, Serian has always been very involved with the Indians. Other than attending as many games as she possibly can, in 2012 she threw out the first pitch to Indians pitcher Zach McAllister for her 100th birthday. Then in 2014, accompanied Indians alumnus Omar Vizquel on the field when he was inducted into the Indians Hall of Fame. Throughout the years, Serian has become acquainted with other greats including legendary Tribe centerfielder Kenny Lofton and has made friends with various Indians Front Office employees.

As for current Indians players, Serian says she cheers for them all, but her favorites include outfielder Michael Brantley and second baseman Jason Kipnis. During Sunday’s game, Serian said, “I still love coming to games and it feels good to see [the Indians] play… I am so thankful to be here.”

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GALLERY: Cleveland Indians win series vs. KC to finish homestand 5-1 against division rivals

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It was quite the homestand at Progressive Field, as we won 5 of 6 against division rivals Detroit and Kansas City.

We swept the Tigers to kick it off, but then took two out of three to win the series against the World Champion Kansas City Royals.

In addition, we celebrated Mother’s Day at the ballpark on Sunday, where all of our players donned pink jerseys and accessories, as the Tribe took the final game of the series with a score of 5-4.

-Photos by Dan Mendlik and Maureen MacGregor

PHOTO GALLERY: Cleveland Indians sweep Detroit Tigers for second time behind Brantley, Napoli, Bauer

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–Photos by Dan Mendlik/Maureen MacGregor

Chester Scott throws ceremonial first pitch at Cleveland Indians Progressive Field with 60 friends in attendance

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Lakewood native Chester Scott threw out the ceremonial first pitch at Wednesday’s Cleveland Indians game against the Detroit Tigers, but he didn’t arrive alone. Scott made an entrance with about 60 of his friends who were all there to cheer him on. While Scott was dressed in an Indians uniform, everyone with him wore matching T-shirts that read “Chester’s 1st Pitch.”

Scott, who is a life-long Tribe fan, made his way out to Spring Training in Goodyear, Ariz., for the first time this year. While in Goodyear, Scott wanted to get the full Tribe Spring experience. He not only attended games, but also participated in Fantasy Camp and the Cleveland Indians Charities live auction, where he won the opportunity to come throw a first pitch at Progressive Field.

Scott said that his favorite Indians memory is Game 5 of the Yankees series in 1997, which is hard to beat, but we’re sure that his first pitch experience at Wednesday night’s game is a close second.

-TribeVibe contributor Hailey Ellis

Cleveland Indians announce 2016 Honorary Bat Girl

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Major League Baseball announced the winners of the 2016 Honorary Bat Girl contest, which recognizes baseball fans who have been affected by breast cancer and who demonstrate a commitment to supporting the fight against the disease. Winners have been selected to represent each of the 30 MLB Clubs and will be recognized on-field at Major League ballparks on Sunday, Mother’s Day.

Fans from across the United States and in Canada shared inspirational stories of hope and motivation in their experiences in the fight against breast cancer, as well as the reasons they, or their nominees, should represent their favorite team.

Eva Johnson was selected as the Indians Honorary Bat Girl and will throw out the ceremonial first pitch on Sunday. A Tampa, Fla., native, Johnson’s family originally hails from Cleveland and she’s been a lifelong Tribe fan.

Johnson, who has been cancer-free for the past three years, was nominated by her sister, who refers to Johnson as her hero. In August 2013, Johnson was diagnosed with Stage 3 Triple Negative Breast Cancer at age 30.

For the past three years Johnson never looked back or backed down from her battle. Johnson braved a double mastectomy, multiple weeks of radiation and a few reconstructive surgeries. During this process, Johnson has inspired many and continues to encourage others battling cancer. This Sunday, Johnson will celebrate Mother’s Day as the mother of a 6-year-old son.

The Honorary Bat Girl program was introduced in 2009 to raise additional awareness and support for the annual “Going to Bat Against Breast Cancer” initiative celebrated on Mother’s Day. In eight years, thousands of unique testimonials have been submitted and more than 3 million fan votes have been cast. Going to Bat Against Breast Cancer is a Major League Baseball initiative supported by MLB charitable partners Stand Up To Cancer and Susan G. Komen. This initiative raises awareness about the breast cancer cause, while also raising funds to support breast cancer research.

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PHOTO GALLERY: Cleveland Indians beat Detroit Tigers behind Francisco Lindor, Josh Tomlin and others

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Francisco Lindor had three hits, including a game-changing three-run homer, in the Indians 7-3 win over the Tigers on Tuesday at Progressive Field. On the heels of the Tribe’s sweep of Detroit in Michigan April 22-24, the Indians are now 4-0 against their AL Central rival this season.

Lindor singled and scored in the first, doubled and scored in the third and smashed a three-run homer in the fifth to stake the Tribe to a 7-2 lead. He also made another fantastic defensive play to rob Detroit’s Justin Upton of a hit in the second.

Mike Napoli had a two-run double, and Yan Gomes and Michael Brantley added RBI singles. Josh Tomlin scattered nine hits over six innings to improve to 4-0 on the season.

–Photos by Dan Mendlik and Maureen MacGregor

Indians Homestand Guide: Tribe battles rivals Tigers and Royals

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The Cleveland Indians return to Progressive Field for a six-game homestand against the Tigers (May 3-5) and Royals (May 6-8). Homestand highlights include the return Michael Brantley to Progressive Field, a tote bag promo courtesy of MLB Network and KeyBank Kids Fun Day.

Indians players to take part in community events this week:

The Indians and Tribe players have these community events planned this week:

  • Tuesday: Kluber’s Kids, presented by Cleveland Clinic Children’s, during batting practice
  • Thursday: Cleveland Indians Wives Association to visit University Hospitals Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital
  • Thursday: Mike Napoli to host up to 20 guests from the Cleveland Clinic Children’s Hospital during BP
  • Thursday:  Boys and Girls Clubs of Cleveland Spring Arts Showcase on the Plaza with Tribe pitcher Danny Salazar joining kids on stage
  • Friday: Corey Kluber to visit Louis Stokes Cleveland VA Medical Center
  • Sunday: Honorary Bat Girl Recognition – Danny Salazar to present a bouquet of flowers to honoree Eva Johnson during pregame ceremonies

Sign up now for TribeTown MVPs:

Fans can sign their children up for the official kids club of the Cleveland Indians, TribeTown MVPs, and gain access to exclusive experiences and offers. Memberships are limited, so sign up here and enjoy the perks of being an MVP!

VeloSano:

Help the Indians and Cleveland Clinic in the fight against cancer and join Sandy Alomar and the Tribe’s team in this July’s VeloSano Bike to Cure event! Fans who join the Tribe’s team will ride with an Indians legend and get a cool Indians bike jersey. (Minimum fundraising requirements exist.) More info.

Lindor visits underprivileged youth in Philadelphia:

Cleveland Indians shortstop Francisco Lindor plans to visit underserved youth, mainly those residing in urban and underprivileged communities, throughout the season. His first stop was at the Philadelphia Phillies MLB Urban Youth Academy on April 28; his next stop is planned for May 26 in Cleveland.

 

TIGERS SERIES FOCUS/PROMOTIONS BALLPARK EVENTS

Tuesday, May 3 vs. Tigers @ 6:10PM

ALL GATES: OPEN at 5PM (Right Field Gate/ Family Deck open at 4PM)

Broadcast Information: SportsTime Ohio-HD, WTAM/WMMS/IRN

Michael Brantley’s home debut: Left fielder Michael Brantley will return to Progressive Field for the first time since having right shoulder surgery in November.

Kluber’s Kids: This new program, presented by Cleveland Clinic Children’s, hosts a Cleveland Clinic Children’s Hospital patient and their family every Wednesday home game. Guests have a pregame experience that includes watching batting practice and meeting Corey Kluber. Additionally, guests receive goodie bags and an autographed Kluber jersey, and enjoy the game Club Level with all-you-can-eat food.

 

Wednesday, May 4 vs. Tigers @ 6:10PM

ALL GATES: OPEN at 5PM (Right Field Gate/ Family Deck open at 4PM)

Broadcast Information: SportsTime Ohio-HD, WMMS/IRN

District Ticket: Our $13 District Ticket, presented by SportsTime Ohio, is back! Fans can grab one only at Indians.com for a Standing Room Only ticket, and their first drink (12-ounce beer, bottled water or Pepsi product) is on us!

 

Thursday, May 5 vs. Tigers @ 6:10PM

ALL GATES: OPEN at 5PM (Right Field Gate/ Family Deck open at 4PM)

Broadcast Information: SportsTime Ohio-HD, WTAM/WMMS/IRN

Tote Bag courtesy of MLB Network: 10,000 fans at Progressive Field will receive a tote bag featuring the ‘Script Indians’ logo courtesy of MLB Network.

Napoli hosts kids: First baseman Mike Napoli to host up to 20 guests from the Cleveland Clinic Children’s Hospital during BP.

Wives visit hospital: Cleveland Indians Wives Association to visit University Hospitals Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital.

Boys & Girls Club talent showcase: Kids from the Boys & Girls Club will showcase their talents on Gateway Plaza during pregame with Danny Salazar joining them on stage.

 

ROYALS SERIES FOCUS/PROMOTIONS BALLPARK EVENTS

Friday, May 6 vs. Royals @ 7:10PM

ALL GATES: OPEN at 6PM (Right Field Gate/ Family Deck open at 5PM)

Broadcast Information: SportsTime Ohio-HD, WMMS/IRN

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, New Era and other partners, an interactive concourse map, exclusive team videos and more. Fans can also easily manage their tickets digitally through the app, and gain access to the Indians mobile only entrance at the Right Field Gate.

 

Saturday, May 7 vs. Royals @ 4:10PM

ALL GATES: OPEN at 2PM

Broadcast Information: SportsTime Ohio-HD, WTAM/WMMS/IRN

Cleveland Museum of Art 100th Anniversary: The Cleveland Museum of Art is celebrating its 100th anniversary with summer-long fun beginning at Progressive Field. To celebrate there will be in-game interactive activities on the Family Deck and a Cleveland Art Museum poster giveaway.

First pitch: The ceremonial first pitch will be thrown out by Beverly J. Warren, the president of Kent State University.

 

Sunday, May 8 vs. Royals @ 1:10PM

ALL GATES: OPEN at noon (Right Field Gate/ Family Deck open at 11PM)

Broadcast Information: SportsTime Ohio-HD, WMMS/IRN

MLB Mother’s Day: The Indians will wear a special Mother’s Day uniform featuring a pink Block C on their caps and pink Script Indians on their jerseys.

Honorary Bat Girl: Every year MLB raises awareness and support for the fight against breast cancer by hosting someone who has “Gone to Bat Against Breast Cancer.” Eva Johnson, who has been cancer free for three years, was selected to be the Indians Honorary Bat Girl for and will throw the ceremonial first pitch. Tribe pitcher Danny Salazar will catch her first pitch.

KeyBank Kids Fun Day: KeyBank Kids Fun Day allows kids to enjoy both the action on and off the field with various opportunities including a Kids Starting Lineup, Kids Grounds Crew and Play Ball Kid.

Kids Run the Bases presented by Cleveland Clinic Children’s Hospital: Young Tribe fans will have the opportunity to play catch on the field and run the bases like their favorite players after the game! All kids (12 & under) can stay immediately after the game to take part.

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