Cleveland Indians team of riders raises more than $125,000 for VeloSano, cancer research

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Indians team, including owner Paul Dolan, raise money in Clinic’s second annual VeloSano charity bike ride

Cleveland, OH—The Cleveland Indians are proud to announce that the club’s VeloSano team has raised over $125,000 for cancer research.

The Indians partnered once again with Cleveland Clinic to support VeloSano, an annual charity bike ride event. The Indians fielded a team of nearly 60 riders, including Indians Chairman and CEO Paul Dolan and other members of the Indians front office.

In June, the Indians hosted a charity celebrity bartending event at The Corner that raised over $5,000 for the event; Terry Francona, Jason Kipnis, Francisco Lindor, Trevor Bauer and more appeared at the event.

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.

Baseball Heritage Museum presents: Big Leaguer for a Night at Heritage Park

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Where: 6601 Lexington Avenue, Cleveland, Ohio

When: Friday, July 31, 2015 – 5 PM to 9 PM

Cleveland’s Baseball Heritage Museum is hosting a unique event at Cleveland’s historic League Park. The event includes batting practice and fielding on the newly restored baseball diamond where many greats such as Babe Ruth, Bob Feller and Cy Young have played. This is your chance to take some swings, make some plays and enjoy an evening of fun-filled baseball.

The event includes on field batting practice and fielding, along with a tour of League Park and the Baseball Heritage Museum. Participants are invited to bring their families, take pictures and come dressed in their favorite baseball attire to show off your skills on the new all turf baseball surface.

The event is capped at 50 people, and registration is $50 each.

Please note City of Cleveland Field Restrictions:

  • No metal spikes. This includes metal tipped spikes used for soccer. Rubber Molded, Turf Shoes or Tennis Shoes allowed. Shoes will be checked before entering the field.
  • Food and beverage allowed in the Park…but no food on the playing surface
  • No gum or seeds on the playing surface

Register:  Morris Eckhouse: morris@baseballheritagemuseum.org  (216) 789-1083

-TribeVibe Contributor, Ryan Delgado

Cleveland Indians, Proctor & Gamble and TeamSmile offer free dental care and instruction to underserved youth

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Today, 300 kids from Boys and Girls Clubs were checked by dental professionals and volunteers at Progressive Field!

Alumnus Joe Charboneau paid a visit to  hang out with the kids and speak to them about the importance of dental hygiene.

The Cleveland Indians and Procter & Gamble, in partnership with TeamSmile and the Boys & Girls Club of Cleveland, worked together to provide area children with treatment and instruction in a fun environment while promoting the significance of good dental hygiene.

TeamSmile is a nonprofit organization that has created partnerships with professional sports teams, local dentists, dental organizations, dental schools.

— Photos by Sarah Sachs

New Kids Clubhouse, Family Deck make Progressive Field the place to be this summer for families

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The Indians have stepped up the number and quality of activities available for young fans and their parents at Progressive Field this season, all part of the Tribe’s new Kids Clubhouse and Family Deck areas.

Interactive games throughout each area offer young fans the chance to stay active and show their stuff during the game; meanwhile, our KeyBank Kids Tickets, kid-focused concessions – including Tombstone pizza, Nestle TollHouse cookies and more – and new kids club, TribeTown MVPs, offer great perks for families.

Here are 10 reasons why Progressive Field is the place to be this summer!

Kid-focused deals

KeyBank Kids Tickets are just $15 for kids, and include seats in the new Family Deck, placing parents and kids in close proximity to all of the great new amenities for kids.

In the Family Deck, new concessions cater directly to kids: personal pizza from Tombstone, mac and cheese from Stouffer’s, cookies from Nestle and more!

More information on KeyBank Kids Tickets >> click here

Kids Club

Our new kids club, TribeTown MVPs, offers unique experiences, access and content for your child – for just $25!

In addition to all that, members also get $10 in loaded value for use on concessions and souvenirs!

More information on TribeTown MVPs >> click here

 

Now, a tour of the new interactive games in the Kids Clubhouse, as seen through Twitter last week:

Two-story slide

Batting cage/pitching machine

Interactive clubhouse

Tribe Tracker

Little League Park presented by KeyBank

Show your stance

Re-enact Kenny Lofton’s ‘The Catch’

Step2 toys/Crafts by University Hospitals Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital

Parents/founders of Ohio Flags of Honor latest participants in Terry Francona’s ‘Friends of Francona’ program

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Gino Zimmer, middle, a guest of Terry Francona on Sunday afternoon.

Sunday marked another day for Tribe manager Terry Francona’s Friends of Francona program, through which he invites a military veteran and his or her family and friends to the ballpark.

Terry, along with WTAM and others, provide club seats and $20 in fun money for each member of the group.

Sunday’s honorees were Gino and Lisa Zimmer, who lost their only son, Nicholaus, on Memorial Day 2004 in Iraq. After they lost their son, the Zimmers founded Ohio Flags of Honor, which is a display set up across the state with one flag for every military member from Ohio that has lost his or her life in Iraq or Afghanistan.

Gino said the moment he was told he’d be honored at the game he had tears in his eyes. “It was a mix of tears and smiles, but it’s nice to know that the Ohio Flags of Honor are out there.”

Gino and and family have been lifelong Indians fans. “Shoot, my whole life.”

The flags will be on display this weekend in Brook Park. The group’s mission and photos can be found at OhioFlagsOfHonor.org.

Past Friends of Francona participants:

 

 

PHOTOS: Trevor Bauer, David Murphy pace Cleveland Indians second straight W over Houston Astros

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Trevor Bauer pitched eight strong innings, striking out nine, and David Murphy delivered a two-run double in the eighth in Cleveland’s 4-2 win over Houston on Wednesday.

The Indians have won seven of their last 10 games, against three would-be playoff teams. (The Rays led the AL East when the Indians swept them last week.)

Bauer allowed a two-run homer in the first inning to Evan Gattis but nothing more, and Cody Allen shut the door in the ninth. Allen has recorded 17 consecutive scoreless outings (17.2 IP), during which he’s struck out 31 batters.

Jason Kipnis led off the game with a triple and scored on a Francisco Lindor groundout, while Michael Brantley singled leading off the fourth and scored on Murphy’s RBI double. In the eighth, Lindor doubled with one out, Brantley walked and Murphy came through again.

PHOTO GALLERY: Cleveland Indians mascot Slider does his own ESPN The Magazine ‘Body’ issue photo shoot

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So, Cleveland Cavaliers forward Kevin Love took the Internet by storm on Monday when his ESPN The Magazine “Body” issue photo shoot went viral. What can we say? Guy looks good.

However, there’s another Clevelander who looks just as good, if not better, without his clothes on — Slider.

So we put Slider through his own “Body” issue photo shoot, hoping ESPN calls us next year.

–Photos by Dan Mendlik

Larry Doby signs contract with Tribe owner Bill Veeck for $5,000, breaks AL color barrier

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When Clevelanders picked up the July 4, 1947 Plain Dealer readers were greeted with the headlines, “Doby Believes He Will Make Grade as Infielder with Tribe” and “Larry Can Make Big Hit With Bat: Fans Approve Purchase of Doby; Rickey Applauds Veeck’s Move in Bringing up Infielder.” Branch Rickey, president of the Brooklyn Dodgers, was quoted: “If Doby is a good player, and I understand that he is, the Cleveland club is showing signs that it wants to win.”

On that same day, Doby played his final game as a member of the Newark Eagles of the Negro League. Smacking his 14th home run of the season, Doby left a lasting impression. His teammates presented him with a travel bag and a gift of cash in honor of his call to the Major Leagues.

After the game, Doby and Louis Jones, a member of the Indians public relations staff, boarded a train for Chicago. On July 5, Doby and Indians Owner Bill Veeck met in the General Manager’s office at Comiskey Park to hammer out the details of Doby’s contract. For $5,000 and a promise of $1,000 more if he was still with the team 30 days after signing, Larry Doby was officially a member of the Cleveland Indians.

Later that day, Doby stepped into the batter’s box against the Chicago White Sox and officially broke the color barrier in the American League. Playing in front of 14,655 fans at Comiskey Park, Doby pinch hit for pitcher Bryan Stephens in the top of the seventh inning, with one out and runners on second and third. Having just missed extra bases when he drove a foul ball down the line, Doby worked the count to 2-2 before striking out.

Doby’s at-bat was not a sign of things to come. His Major League baseball career lasted the better part of 13 years as a player and one season as a manager. Doby was enshrined into the Indians and National Baseball Hall of Fame, and in 1994 the Tribe retired his number 14.

-TribeVibe contributor Jeremy Feador

WKYC’s Matt ‘The Deal Guy’ Granite shows how far $20 can go at Progressive Field

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We gave Matt “The Deal Guy” Granite, from WKYC, $20 to spend for this coming Friday night’s game, just to illustrate how far that $20 can go.

This Friday’s game, the opener of a three-game series against the Oakland A’s, features:

  • Sugardale Dollar Dogs
  • $2 Budweiser and Bud Light pregame in the Right Field District
  • Post-game fireworks presented by Wayside Furniture

Matt, who uncovers deals every day on WKYC and across Gannett’s network, opted to include his ticket in the $20; for $10 at Indians.com — $12.50 with fees – you can get an Upper Bleacher ticket at Progressive Field. (Note: These tickets are limited in supply, so get them ASAP because they will sell out, especially for weekend games.)

After that, he purchased three hot dogs (one for his wife, his fake child and himself) and a Budweiser and Bud Light, one for his wife and himself.

Then, he explored all of the new great offerings for kids at the park in the Kids Clubhouse – Little League Park presented by KeyBank, Hammy’s recording booth, interactive clubhouse, Tribe Tracker and more — all of which are FREE with the cost of a ticket.

WATCH Matt spend $20 at Progressive Field by clicking here.

Fans’ guide to Indians homestand: Seven games vs. Astros, A’s

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The Cleveland Indians return to Progressive Field for a seven-game homestand against the Houston Astros (July 6-9) and Oakland Athletics (July 10-12).

Here’s your guide to what’s going on at the ballpark, including a team that’s won five of its last seven and will play the AL West-leading Astros and surging A’s.

$2 beers pregame on Friday night

Friday night, fans can enjoy great deals including Sugardale dollar hot dogs, $2 12 ounce domestic cans and free postgame fireworks set to Trans Am Rock. The great deal on domestic cans will only be available in the Right Field District from 5-7PM.

 

Monday, July 6 vs. Astros @ 7:10PM

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

 Broadcast Information: SportsTime Ohio-HD, WTAM/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, Majestic, 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.

Topps Giveaway: Upon exiting the gate, fans will receive Topps cards.

 

Tuesday, July 7 vs. Astros @ 7:10PM

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

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

Pepsi photo booth: Stop by section 153 and snap a photo in the Pepsi photo booth! Fans can hop in the booth and take a picture featuring a backdrop from the ’95 season, then email the photo to themselves once done. Enjoy the Pepsi photo booth every game through July.

50/50 Raffle: The 50/50 Raffle will be available for all home games of the 2015 season. The raffle will support Cleveland Indians Charities in its mission to provide softball and baseball programs to the underprivileged youth of Cleveland.

 

Wednesday, July 8 vs. Astros @ 7:10PM

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

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

Carlos Santana bobblehead, courtesy of Discount Drug Mart: Upon entering the gates 10,000 fans will receive a Carlos Santana bobblehead.

Visit the Bob Feller Exhibit: Be sure to check out the new Bob Feller Exhibit located on the Terrace Club third floor. Open to all fans, the exhibit features historic items such as Feller’s U.S. Navy jacket, his Opening Day no-hitter glove and much more.

Buy Early and Save: Fans who purchase tickets early and online will always receive the best prices on game tickets. Buying tickets online rather than at the box offices provide fans the best deals.

 

Thursday, July 9 vs. Astros @ 7:10PM 

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

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

Mike & Mike to toss first pitches: Mike Greenberg and Mike Golic of ESPN’s “Mike & Mike” will toss the ceremonial first pitch at Thursday’s game. Mike & Mike will air live from Progressive Field Friday morning.

Mark Duncan camera well dedication: Prior to Thursday’s game, the Cleveland Indians will dedicate the first base side camera well in honor of Mark Duncan. Duncan recently retired from The Associated Press after years of photographing Indians games.

 

Friday, July 10 vs. A’s @ 7:10PM

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

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

$2 Budweiser, Bud Light cans: Pregame at the park Friday from 5-7PM with $2 12 ounce domestic cans. Deal is only available in the Right Field District.

Sugardale Dollar Dog Night: Come down to the ballpark and enjoy a fan favorite — Sugardale Dollar Dog night, one of 15 this year.

Postgame Fireworks, presented by Wayside Furniture: Hang out after the game to enjoy a spectacular post-game fireworks show set to the music of Trans Am Rock.

Pregame party: Come down to the ballpark early to enjoy pregame activities and a performance on the RTA Summer Stage and at The Corner.

Alumni autographs: Max Alvis and Tito Francona Sr. will be on hand for fan autographs in Heritage Park from 6PM-6:30PM.

Uber representatives will be at The Corner: Uber Cleveland will be at The Corner bar passing out tchotchkes and providing fans with a passcode for a free first ride up to $20.

 

Saturday, July 11 vs. A’s @ 6:35PM 

*ALL GATES: OPEN at 4:30PM

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

1995 Sandy Alomar Jr. replica jersey, courtesy of Medical Mutual: Upon entering the gates 15,000 fans will receive a 1995 Sandy Alomar replica jersey.

Postgame Fireworks, presented by J.M. Smucker’s: Fans can stick around after the game and enjoy post-game fireworks set to Rib Eye of the Tiger.

Pregame party: Come down to the ballpark early to enjoy pregame activities and a performance on the RTA Summer Stage and at The Corner.

Alumni autographs: Max Alvis and Tito Francona Sr. will be on hand for fan autographs in Heritage Park from 5:30PM-6PM.

50/50 Raffle: The 50/50 Raffle will be available for all home games of the 2015 season. The raffle will support Cleveland Indians Charities in their mission to provide softball and baseball programs to the underprivileged youth of Cleveland.

 

Sunday, July 12 vs. A’s @ 1:10PM

*ALL GATES: OPEN at 11AM

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

KeyBank Kids Fun Day: Back for another season, KeyBank Kids Fun Day will take place every Sunday of 2015. Families can enjoy kid-friendly activities in the newly renovated Kids Clubhouse including performances from Manny The Magician, Great Lakes Science Center, Jungle Terry face painters, caricature artists and a pregame interview with a current Indians player.

Kids Run the Bases Presented by Cleveland Clinic Children’s: Young Tribe fans will have the opportunity to run the bases like their favorite players after the game! All kids (12 & under) can stay immediately after the game to take part, and 100 participants will receive an item from Cleveland Clinic Children’s when they’re finished.

Win a Step2 gift package: Head to the Kids Clubhouse and enter to win a summer fun gift package from Step2; winner drawn in the 8th inning.

Purell post-game sampling: Fans are able to take free samples of Purell hand sanitizer after the game. Samples will be available at all gates.

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