The Indians will be holding a Fan Forum Conference Call with Indians Manager Terry Francona on Thursday evening, beginning at 6:15pm ET. Fans will have the opportunity to submit questions to the Tribe’s manager, and Season Ticket Holders will have priority access to asking questions to Francona.
Fans interested in joining the call will have several options available to participate. Season Ticket Holders will receive a call at their primary phone number with an option to opt-in to the call. Alternatively, all fans will have the option to dial in around 6:15pm, using the information below:
Enter Pin-code: 13595
Date: Thursday, July 24
Time: 6:15pm ET
The Indians return home to Progressive Field on Tuesday, July 29 for an 8-game homestand, with series against Seattle, Texas, and intra-state rivals Cincinnati. Visit Indians.com for complete details on the upcoming schedule.
When Jacqui Spetrino discovered she had been nominated as an All-Star Teacher at 6AM early one school day, she immediately texted her friend Jim Watson, who had nominated her.
Major League Baseball, through its annual All-Star Teachers Program, had selected Spetrino as one of its 90 finalists for the award—and eventually as one of its 30 winners. The Rice Elementary School (Mentor, Ohio) art teacher could not believe she had been selected nearly one week ago.
“They told us to watch the website, and when I clicked on it and [saw] my face, I was like, ‘Ahhh!’” she said.
All 30 winners — one from each MLB club — were awarded a trip to Minneapolis for the 2014 All-Star Game and honored in a pregame ceremony.
“She’s a great teacher, a great person, but a lot of times the arts teachers do not get enough recognition for what they do; they’re ‘special’ teachers,” Watson said. “She does such a great job with all the kids.”
Among her most notable projects are the Talking Art Museum, which incorporates artistic ability and technology; Pinwheels for Peace; and nursing home visits across the street from her school.
“She does all of these amazing things that people see but don’t realize how much work goes into them,” said Watson, a media specialist and computer lab teacher at Rice. “I saw that [ad] online to nominate her, and I thought, ‘It has to be her.’ We have a whole building full of great people, but she really needed that.
“She (is great) with kids, and she just works with them in such a way that it just pulls out everything they have as far as artistic ability and fun. She incorporates all this technology into it; it just amazes me.”
Spetrino, who has worked with Watson for nearly six years, said she works with 525 kids each school year. As an art teacher, Spetrino works with kids from kindergarten through fifth grade.
“I have them every year, so you really get to know them and build a relationship with them,” she said. “My room’s kind of like the hangout; sometimes I feel like I might be the most positive person that they see all day, so they just hang out with us and it makes a big difference.
“I think that no matter how I feel about a kid, every single one of them thinks that they are my favorite. My favorite thing that a parent ever told me was that her son said, ‘I know that I’m Mrs. Spetrino’s favorite; I can just tell by the way that she looks at me.’ That’s what I love about teaching.”
Spetrino, who is entering her 10th year of teaching, emphasized the importance of including the arts in elementary education; without the support of the Mentor School District, she could not have had this opportunity.
“It’s extremely overwhelming and flattering — that’s the best word I can use,” she said. “We are really lucky that Mentor Schools has an art department and that they’re very supportive of us because we are one of the only districts around that has an elementary art department.
“If you could see what the students do when they graduate, it’s a testament to the school sticking by the whole program. Not cutting that is a big deal; I’m lucky to work in a district like that. With the way that technology is coming, creativity is everything.”
To read about Spetrino’s experience and view photos of her trip to Minneapolis, please visit her blog: http://allstarteacher.tumblr.com/.
–TribeVibe contributor Megan Golden
Cleveland Indians second baseman Jason Kipnis has been named the American League Player of the Weekfor the period ending July 20
Kipnis batted .333 (5-for-15) with two homers, six RBI, four walks and three runs scored in four games to capture his third career weekly honor and the second for the Tribe this season, joining All-Star Michael Brantley, who was tabbed on June 16th. Kipnis’ previous two weekly nods came last season when he was named on June 17th and July 1.
Among league leaders, Jason was first in RBI, tied for first in homers, tied for second in total bases (11) and was fifth in slugging percentage (.733).
On Friday in the Motor City, Kipnis launched a pair of homers with four RBI as the Indians defeated the Detroit Tigers, 9-3, at Comerica Park. The left-handed-hitting Kipnis launched a three-run shot as part of a seven-run seventh inning for Cleveland, and two frames later collected his second career multi-homer effort with a solo blast in the ninth. Jason’s last two-homer game came on May 26, 2012 at the Chicago White Sox. In the first game of a doubledip on Saturday, the 27-year-old went 2-for-5 with a pair of RBI to help lead Cleveland to a 6-2 triumph. In the nightcap, the Illinois native went 0-for-2, but walked three times and scored a run as the Indians won, 5-2, to sweep their first doubleheader in Detroit since July 17, 1966 at Tiger Stadium. It marked the Tribe’s fourth straight doubleheader sweep overall against Detroit. Of note, Kipnis drew three free passes one other time this season, on April 5 against Minnesota at Progressive Field.
Kipnis, a former second round pick in the 2009 Draft (by Cleveland) out of Arizona State University, is hitting .259 on the season with 14 doubles, one triple, five homers, 30 RBI, 37 runsscored and a team-leading 13 stolen bases in 72 games. The 2013 All-Star spent the majority of May on the disabled list due to a right oblique injury, just his second trip to the D.L. in his four-year career. Since his return on May 28, Cleveland has gone 26-19 to climb into second place in the A.L. Central
The Indians are a proud founding partner of VeloSano Bike to Cure, the inaugural installment of which was held over the weekend. Bicyclists could ride up t0 173 miles — Indians owner Paul Dolan did the 173 miles, over two days — and had to raise money for VeloSano — all proceeds went directly to cancer research.
Check out photos from the event, including the Indians-sponsored rest stop at Kenneth Sims Park in Euclid!
–Photos by Dan Mendlik
–Photos by Dan Mendlik
Investor’s Business Daily has released a lengthy, informative profile on Cleveland Indians legend Bob Feller, which you can read by clicking here! A snippet:
Playing from 1936 to 1956 with the Indians, Feller compiled a 266-162 won-loss record, a 3.25 earned run average, 2,581 strikeouts and three no-hitters.
He also helped Cleveland win the 1948 World Series title, the Indians’ last.
Feller accomplished all that despite losing more than three prime years to Navy combat in WW II.
Detroit slugger Hank Greenberg said that facing Feller meant dealing with blinding speed and “a very deceptive motion. You never knew where the ball was coming from.”
Hal Naragon, who caught Feller for the Indians, told IBD: “Bob had a great desire to be successful, and he worked awful hard at it. He had a lot of determination, a lot of confidence. He kept himself in wonderful physical condition.”
Two-night display set for Aug.15-16 vs. Baltimore
Local band Welshly Arms to play concert on Home Run Porch before fireworks each night
The Cleveland Indians announced today that the theme of the club’s annual two-night Rock N’ Blast fireworks show will be “Tour of Rock.”
The award-winning display, which features music and video synchronized to pyrotechnics, is one of the highlights of the summer at Progressive Field. In all, fans will be treated to more than 20 minutes worth of entertainment each night.
Two of 15 fireworks displays this season at Progressive Field, Rock N’ Blast is scheduled for August 15 and August 16 after the Indians take on the Baltimore Orioles. The tour of rock will start in the U.S. and Cleveland, then moves overseas to the roots of other legendary rock groups.
In an effort to partner with local artists, both nights will also feature post-game concert sets performed by Cleveland-based band Welshly Arms on the Home Run Porch between the ninth inning and the start of Rock N’ Blast. Welshly’s new single “Dirty Work,” from the group’s forthcoming full-length LP, will be featured in Indians “Tribe Town” commercials during the second half of the season. The group’s soulful blend of blues and rock also helped launch Positively Cleveland’s “This is Cleveland.” brand campaign back in March.
Remaining fireworks dates this season include:
- Aug. 1: Fireworks (Hits of 1994) presented by Wayside Furniture
- Aug. 2: Fireworks (Jim Thome celebration) presented by J.M. Smucker Co.
- Aug. 15: Rock N’ Blast (Tour of Rock)
- Aug. 16: Rock N’ Blast (Tour of Rock)
- Aug. 22: Fireworks (TV Talent Show covers) presented by Wayside Furniture
- Aug. 23: Fireworks (Van Halen) presented by Pierre’s Ice Cream. Co.
- Sept. 5: Fireworks (Fan Vote)
- Sept. 6: Fireworks (Huey Lewis and the News) presented by FirstMerit Bank
- Sept. 27: “Thank You Tribe Town”/Top 40 Pop
Tickets for Rock N’ Blast games are going fast; buy early and online at Indians.com/Tickets to save money over gameday prices at the box office.
The first half ended on Sunday, appropriately with a back-and-forth game with a wild ending. The Tribe’s first half was up and down, rousing at times, rocky at others. Here are the first-half highlights, both on the field and off; the Tribe is just three games off its pace from a Postseason berth in 2013, despite that rockiness. Second half should be full of similarly great stories!
ON THE FIELD
- April 4: Opening Day victory over Minnesota includes a Nick Swisher homer to overcome a deficit
- May 4: George Kottaras — in his first two at-bats with the Indians — hits two homers, somehow overshadowing another fantastic Corey Kluber start
- May 7: Mike Aviles hits the Tribe’s first walk-off of the season, a single up the middle to beat Minnesota
- May 14: Lonnie Chisenhall and David Murphy each have five hits in a 15-4 win in Toronto — the first time the Indians had two players w/5 hits apiece in a game since 1928
- May 19: After a sweep by Oakland at Progressive Field, Michael Brantley hits a walk-off homer off Detroit’s Al Alburquerque
- May 21: The Indians complete a sweep of rival Detroit with an 11-10 win on, you guessed it, a balk-off!
- May 30: Kluber completes an incredible May in which he struck out 60 batters with a dominant start against the Rockies
- June 1: Michael Bourn hits a walk-off homer to complete a sweep of Colorado
- June 2: Justin Masterson pitches an immaculate inning — 9 pitches, 9 strikes, 3 strikeouts
- June 4: After a lengthy rain delay and extra innings, Asdrubal Cabrera sent ‘em home happy with a walk-off HR vs. Boston — a win that finished off a six-game sweep of a homestand
- June 9: Lonnie Chisenhall had a night for the ages, becoming the first player in MLB history with 5 hits, 3 homers and 9 RBI in 5 plate appearances!
- June 19: The Angels took a late lead, but Nick Swisher took care of that late
- June 28: Josh Tomlin was dominant at Safeco Field, striking out 10 in a one-hit shutout
- July 2: Brantley makes a catch in left, gets Dee Gordon at the plate and Yan Gomes gets Puig at second for a double-replay triple play!
- July 6: Michael Brantley named to All-Star team
- July 9: Rookie Roberto Perez hits a homer, singles and walks in his big-league debut
- July 13: Yan Gomes hit the game-winner, but Mike Aviles upstaged him slightly with this incredible double play
OFF THE FIELD
- Contract extensions: A big offseason culminated in the announcement of Jason Kipnis’ extension on Opening Day; the deal followed extensions for Gomes and Brantley.
- Gockowski: Adam Gockowski, the team’s first Brohio Governor, has done a fantastic job of riling up the troops in Section 117!
- Wi-Fi: In partnership with Verizon, the Indians installed in-park Wi-Fi for fans to enjoy and connect better with the team while at Progressive Field.
- Kluber interview: Corey Kluber showed why he’s such a pro in this interview, bombed by water, sunflower seeds and a new item — baby powder.
- #Whiff: With the help of our social media followers, we’ve raised $12,500 for local RBI charities — here are details.
- Bowling: John Axford, Corey Kluber, Josh Outman and Justin Masterson wore interesting outfits for a charity bowling event.
- Squirrel: A squirrel invaded the Progressive Field grass — and then we caught up to him for an exclusive interview
- Homestand Heroes: The Indians honored fallen, current and future military heroes on July 4!
- Hegan: The Tribe remembers Mike Hegan in a pregame ceremony on July 7.
- Niko returns: The home run kid from 2013 returned and continues to inspire Carlos Santana!
- Yan and Yan: Tribe catcher Yan Gomes meets a fellow Yan — a fighter of a young boy who is being treated at a local hospital — and then homers.
- #VoteKluber: Our Kluber campaign for the AL All-Star Final Vote was fun, but incredibly exhausting … Kluber finished second in social media voting and fourth overall.
–TribeVibe contributor Joel Hammond
The Indians honored the late Mike Hegan, an Indians TV/radio personality from 1989-2011, in a special pregame ceremony on Monday, July 7.
Hegan spent 23 seasons as a Tribe broadcaster, 14 in the Indians radio booth with Tom Hamilton. He also spent 18 seasons providing analysis on television for WUAB-TV43, FSN Ohio and SportsTime Ohio. Prior to his time as a broadcaster in Cleveland, he spent 12 seasons on Milwaukee Brewers broadcasts.
Hegan also played in the Major Leagues for 12 seasons, with the Yankees, Seattle Pilots, Milwaukee Brewers and Oakland Athletics. He played in the 1969 All-Star Game while a member of the Pilots, and won a World Series title with the A’s in 1972.
Hegan, a Cleveland native who was a star athlete at St. Ignatius High School, was inducted into the Cleveland Sports Hall of Fame in 2011. He died in December. His father, Jim, was a longtime great Indians catcher, and played on the franchise’s 1948 World Series championship team.
His grandsons and granddaughter threw out first pitches before the game.
All gates open at 5PM; fans should take note of ballpark policies for the concert
The Cleveland Indians and Live Nation are reminding fans of ballpark policies and procedures in advance of Friday’s “Burn It Down” tour concert at Progressive Field, featuring Jason Aldean, Miranda Lambert, Florida Georgia Line and Tyler Farr.
Production holds have just been released by the tour and a limited number of floor seats are available at www.ticketmaster.com, all Northeast Ohio Ticketmaster locations and the Progressive Field ticket office. If you’re at the show and see a security or first aid issue, find the nearest security guard or police officer immediately. Also an option: Tweet at the Indians (@Indians) and we’ll alert the appropriate people.
All gates open at 5PM, with Tyler Farr taking the stage at approximately 6:30PM. Based on the timing of the concert and the Friday workday, parking will be at a premium. We encourage fans to use RTA for convenient transportation to and from the ballpark, as well as using parking lots located in walking distance to the ballpark. The evening’s last RTA trains will leave Tower City at 12:30AM Saturday morning.
As a reminder, the following items will be permitted into Progressive Field:
- Banners (provided they are not commercial or obscene in nature and do not interfere with other fans’ enjoyment of the experience or block views)
- Bottled water (Single, factory sealed bottle of water that is 20 ounces or less)
- Service Animals (Must be certified)
- Small bags (e.g. purses) (Subject to inspection)
The following items are NOT permitted in the ballpark:
- Cameras with detachable lens, video recorders and any stands/tripods are not permitted in the ballpark
- Umbrellas are not permitted into the ballpark
- Alcoholic beverages and illegal drugs
- Bags exceeding the maximum size of 16x16x8 inches
- Cans, glass, squeeze bottles, and Thermos bottles
- Cigarettes, Electronic cigarettes/ vapor cigarettes as Progressive Field is a non-smoking facility
- Hard Sided Coolers
- Laser Pointers and similar items
- Ballpark re-entry
Concert attendees should stay tuned to Indians social media accounts, Live Nation Cleveland social media accounts and www.ticketmaster.com for concert updates and ticket availability.
Once you are in Progressive Field you will not be permitted to leave the ballpark and re-enter.
Tickets and Tour Merchandise:
Only purchase concert tickets from authorized ticket dealers; only authorized tickets will be honored for the concert. Official artist and tour merchandise will be available both outside and inside the ballpark.