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Hattie Larlham to honor Cleveland Indians Charities, Tribe VP Bob DiBiasio at annual Circle of Caring event

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Indians Vice President Bob DiBiasio and Cleveland Indians Charities will be honored by Hattie Larlham at the nonprofit’s annual Circle of Caring event on Nov. 1 at The Bertram Inn & Conference Center in Aurora.

Hattie Larlham supports developmental disabilities by providing medical, residential, recreational and vocational services to improve those people’s lives. DiBiasio, who’s been with the Indians for 35 years, has supported Hattie Larlham since 1999. He actively raises awareness and funds for people with developmental disabilities and was instrumental in developing a Hattie Larlham summer camp in Arizona.

Since 2001, Cleveland Indians Charities has been a key partner in Hattie Larlham’s annual Sugar Bush Golf Classic in Garrettsville. The golf classic raises funds for Hattie Larlham programs. To date, Cleveland Indians Charities has donated more than $20,000 to the event.

The event, in honor of DiBiasio and Cleveland Indians Charities, will be baseball themed. The event includes entertainment; a cocktail reception; a full-course dinner; a wine pull; and live, silent, and fund-a-need auctions. WKYC Chief Meteorologist Betsy Kling returns this year as the 2014 Circle of Caring hostess.

Sponsored by the Alpha Group, the Circle of Caring funds programs for the people with developmental disabilities Hattie Larlham serves. For more information and tickets, contact Hattie Larlham Events Manager Wendy Voelker at (330) 274-2272, ext. 3087, or wendy.voelker@hattielarlham.org. Order Circle of Caring tickets online at http://www.hattielarlham.org/v/donate-circle-of-caring.asp.

Sights and sounds from the Indians Season Ticket Holder party

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The Indians held their annual Season Ticket Holder party on Sunday evening after the Tribe completed a three-game sweep of the Texas Rangers at Progressive Field.

Each year, we hold the event as a reward for our most loyal customers; at the event, Season Ticket Holders heard from Senior Vice President of Public Affairs Bob DiBiasio, President Mark Shapiro, Nick Swisher and Terry Francona before getting autographs from all members of the 25-man roster and some coaches.

This year, it’s also serving as a kickoff to our Season Ticket renewal process; Season Ticket Holders received renewal and Early Bird information Monday morning.

If you weren’t at the event, here are some of our staff’s favorite moments from the party; and if you aren’t yet a Season Ticket Holder and are interested, stay tuned for more information on how you can become one.

Extended time: We asked all members of the 25-man roster to stick around for an hour to sign autographs for and interact with our Season Ticket Holders. In an effort to move lines along and ensure each fan at the party has the opportunity to see as many players as possible, we do not allow fans to take pictures with the players, though they’re able to take pictures of the players while they’re signing.

Nick Swisher, though, disobeyed our rules and shook hands and took pictures with all of the 250 people in his line – up until about 6:50PM or so. The picture in the slideshow on this post gives you a sense of his mood during the event.

Indians closer Chris Perez – 8-for-8 in save opportunities since returning from the disabled list! — also signed through 6:20PM or so to accommodate fans in line.

Sign the … mustard?: First-year Season Ticket Holder Mark Szczepanik won an autographed bottle of Bertman Ballpark Mustard at a Tweetup last year, and so he decided to bring another bottle of the ballpark staple on Sunday. He got it signed by Jason Giambi, Lonnie Chisenhall, Corey Kluber, Yan Gomes, Rich Hill, Drew Stubbs and first-base coach Mike Sarbaugh.

And by the way: He’s renewing for 2014!

Other cool stuff being signed: We saw an “All-Star Game 1997” bat with signatures from dozens of Indians All-Stars over the years – including now Perez, Asdrubal Cabrera, Justin Masterson and Jason Kipnis.

One fan had various players sign a used lineup card from one of the Tribe’s games versus Philadelphia earlier this season. Each player signed next to their respective name in the starting lineup.

We also saw an older woman who had a Louisville Slugger bat turned into a cane, with a rubber tip protruding from the barrel and a handle from the handle of the bat. Pretty darn cool.

Fans say the darndest things: In spending time at Perez’s table, where he was joined by bullpen catcher Armando Camacaro, we decided to log the quirkiest things he heard. A partial list:

  • “Does your contract allow you to play volleyball? We have a spot open on our team.”
  • From a youngster: “How fast have you ever thrown a ball?”
  • From a middle-aged woman: “I have to show you this picture of my cat; he’s named after you!” The name: Kissy Purrez.

Emotional Kazmir: Tribe pitcher Scott Kazmir, who we last saw allowing just one run in eight innings in a 10-1 win over Seattle on Wednesday, became emotional at times when fans expressed their gratitude and appreciation for his comeback from the Independent League to one of Major League Baseball’s biggest surprises.

Fan reaction:

  • Doug Yanky (Medina, with his three children): “Our experience has] been good. This is the first year we got season tickets; we’re out in the bleachers. It’s been really fun. It’s been well worth it with the discounts you get and everything else; it’s probably the best value in town. Our favorite game so far [was] the Kipnis walkoff [May 17 vs. Seattle].”
  • Kathy Porter, Willoughby (with her son, Joseph): “I think [renewing season tickets is] really worth it; the perks — like this — you get, you can exchange tickets if you can’t make a game. There’s a lot of different things that are worthwhile; you can transfer tickets to different people if you can’t go. I have five kids, so it works out well.
  • Caitlin Boron (the young lady pictured above with autographs on her back): “There’s not exactly a goal; it’s just the fact that, yeah, it might come off, but it happened. (Are you going to shower tonight?) There’s always dry shampoo. So far, everyone that I’ve gone to has done it except for [Matt] Albers; it’s been 10 different players and coaches total. (Whose autograph was the best?) Chris Perez [because he] gave me a hug.”

Fans Tweet their memories: Here are some of the best tweets of the night from fans in attendance:

–TribeVibe contributors Joel Hammond, Megan Golden, Max Lom and Courtney Shilling

By Land, By Sea, Baerga to the Indians Hall of Fame

Carlos Baerga talks with media members today in Goodyear. (Dan Mendlik photo)

Carlos Baerga talks with media members today in Goodyear. (Dan Mendlik photo)

The Cleveland Indians announced today that Carlos Baerga, one of the best second basemen in Cleveland Indians history and a member of the 1995 World Series team, will be inducted into the Indians Hall of Fame on June 22.

Baerga always has been a fan favorite and is warmly remembered throughout the organization as being an uplifting, positive force in the clubhouse.

“As difficult as it is to identify one player who made the most significant impact on the renaissance of Indians Baseball in the 1990s, I would have to have Carlos Baerga at the heart of the discussion,” said Indians Vice President of Public Relations Bob DiBiasio. “It took Carlos’ passion and enthusiasm to awaken a baseball franchise and its fan base from a 40-year slumber. His energy was infectious. Constantly moving, constantly dancing and talking whether in the clubhouse, during BP or during a game, Carlos provided an enthusiasm that helped create perhaps the best run of Indians baseball in club history.”

Tom Hamilton, voice of the Indians, agrees. “The guy unified the clubhouse. His personality was so magnetic; he made sure everyone was ready to play. Baerga didn’t have a problem getting guys fired up. He was never one of those guys that said, ‘that’s not my job.’ He did things others hadn’t done before.”

His impact on the field was just as — if not more — incredible. A switch hitter, Baerga was the first (of only three players) to have ever hit a home run from both sides of the plate in the same inning. He had back-to-back seasons with 200 or more hits; Kenny Lofton, in 1996, is the only Indians player to accomplish the feat since Baerga.

“In 1993, he had cellulitis after fouling a ball off his leg with 199 hits. He spent five days in the hospital and on the sixth day came out and got his 200th hit,” said Indians Director of Media Relations Bart Swain. “That 200 was a magical number for him. Most guys would have shut it down, but Carlos gutted it out and got his 200th hit legging out a swinging bunt down the third base line in the last game at the old stadium.”

April 17, 2004 Indians vs. Detroit Tigers 2011 Spring Training

“Whether leading the team in hits or hustling from first to third, Carlos was in constant motion,” DiBiasio said. “Most remember Carlos’ highlights on the field — hitting homers from both sides of the plate in one inning to set a Major League record or producing seasons for a second baseman that rivaled baseball legend Rogers Hornsby — but my memories of Carlos focus on what an incredible teammate he was. Always smiling, always keeping the clubhouse a fun place to be. And when our franchise suffered the tragic deaths of Steve Olin and Tim Crews, it was Carlos who represented his teammates at a press conference the morning following the accident. Few have worn the Cleveland Indians uniform with more pride than Carlos.”

Baerga currently works as an Alumni Ambassador for the club and is assisting new manager Terry Francona’s staff at Spring Training in Goodyear, Arizona. Most recently, he was named Manager of the Year in la Liga de Béisbol Profesional Roberto Clemente Walker in Puerto Rico.

Out in Goodyear, it seems Baerga’s passion has been revived. “Having (new outfielder Nick) Swisher here reminds me of the energy and enthusiasm that Carlos brought day in and day out,” Swain said.

“He has never changed,” Hamilton added. “That’s why you knew it was genuine.”

Baerga will be honored in a ceremony before the Indians’ game against the Minnesota Twins and later will be recognized in Heritage Park, behind the center field wall at Progressive Field. Sincerest congratulations to Carlos Baerga on being the 39th member inducted into the Indians Hall of Fame.

–TribeVibe contributor Courtney Shilling

Welcome to TribeVibe!

 

For me, broadcasting the game is like sitting in the stands talking to the fellow sitting next to me.” – Herb Score

With the true spirit of Herb Score in mind, we want you sitting next to us too, so to speak. As we begin yet another season of The Great Game, the Cleveland Indians front office is thrilled to introduce you to TribeVibe, a brand new MLBlog on Indians.com. We’ve had so much success connecting with all of you through the Indians Facebook page and our Twitter accounts (@Indians, @TribeInsider ) that we decided to take that a step further and create TribeVibe as a way for fans to gain even better access to information about the Cleveland Indians.

The goal of TribeVibe is simple – to give you an inside perspective of what it’s like to be with a Major League Baseball team for a full season. That means different things to different people in this industry, so we want to make a concerted effort to show you the game through a variety of lenses.

Naturally, our focus will be on what you care most about – the team – and frankly it’s an exciting time to be following the Indians. We embark on the 2012 season with the opportunity to watch a young group of athletes as they grow together and tackle the daily challenges that come with learning how to win on a consistent basis. This club has also been constructed with several respected veterans who are in place to set a positive example, offer advice and provide perspective as this process unfolds. Throw in the outstanding leadership qualities of Manny Acta and we can’t wait to help you get to know this group of players and coaches even better. Let’s face it, the camaraderie and comedy that exist in a major league clubhouse make it a pretty special place and we think we’ve come up with some creative features that will allow us to have a little fun and highlight the unique personalities who represent the Block “C”.

TribeVibe will also be geared towards helping you keep up with the Indians when they’re away from home and that will begin immediately with the latest news from spring training as the 25-man roster begins to take shape in our final days here in Arizona. We hope that all fans have the opportunity to visit the Tribe in Goodyear, Arizona at some point, but in the meantime TribeVibe will bring the Cactus League action straight to you. Once the season starts, you’ll see this concept transition into road trips as we stow readers away in our carry-on luggage and provide a glimpse into the daily grind of leaving the comforts of Progressive Field and Cleveland behind.

Last, but certainly not least, we’ll take you inside the front office to keep you informed of the latest decisions made by our Baseball Operations Department and coaching staff – TribeVibe can be your source for official press releases, injury news and even pre-game lineup cards. Along the way, we can also provide information that will make transaction rules and the thought process behind certain types of roster moves easier to comprehend. The complex strategies involved account for just a few of the reasons that we all share a love and passion for America’s Pastime.

While the Indians Baseball Information Department will serve as the primary voice of TribeVibe on a day-to-day basis, you may also hear from people like Indians President Mark Shapiro, General Manager Chris Antonetti and Senior VP of Public Affairs Bob DiBiasio from time to time. These respected executives, along with more than 150 employees, have and will continue to shape the culture of an organization that cares deeply about bringing championship baseball back to the city of Cleveland. We’re all very excited to be sharing this brand new forum with you so please don’t hesitate to leave comments or contact us directly – if you have suggestions for the types of features you want to see more of in this space, shoot us an email at TribeVibe@indians.com and we’ll do our best to incorporate them going forward.

Welcome to TribeVibe, we’re glad you’re here!

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