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Tribe’s head chef Ed Michalski pinch hits at World Series

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Progressive Field Executive Chef Ed Michalski and Sous Chef Glenn Courtwright traveled to St. Louis late last month to pitch in with Delaware North Companies’ (DNC) World Series events at Busch Stadium in St. Louis. (DNC is the concessionaire at Progressive Field.)

Those events included the World Series Gala, which was attended by nearly 2,400 guests, along with gameday preparation and production for each of the three World Series games played in St. Louis (October 26-28).

As you can tell from the pictures above, things got fancy. Each day, DNC brought in a new bar sculpted out of ice, and the selections included bacon-wrapped filet, herb-encrusted turkey with duck, a raw bar with prawns, shrimp, crab and lobster. Plus, the events featured a revolving, butler-style pizza bar.

In-game duties for Glenn included preparation and production for the suite of Cardinals owner, Bill DeWitt, and Commissioner Bud Selig; for Chef Ed, they included the Redbird Club, which the day prior to Game 3 had played host to the gala.

Of the picture included in the gallery of Chef Ed sitting at the dais, he says, “they asked me to deliver the lineups.” We’ll let you decide fact or fiction on that one!

–TribeVibe contributor Joel Hammond (photos by Ed Michalski)

Meryl Masterson: “Just like long distance, it makes you stronger.”

Meryl Masterson interacts with a child at Providence House in April. Masterson is an active member of the Indians Wives Association and volunteers her time with various civic initiatives. (Kyle Emery photo)

Meryl Masterson interacts with a child at Providence House in April. Masterson is an active member of the Indians Wives Association and volunteers her time with various civic initiatives. (Kyle Emery photo)

Walking the streets of Boston in a No. 48 jersey with “Masterson” embroidered across the back, Meryl Masterson swarmed through crowds of Red Sox fans on her way to Fenway Park in 2008. She sported a Pawtucket Red Sox baseball jersey, which featured the last name of Boston’s most recent call-up, and she could not imagine why so many fans were stopping her along the way.

“I didn’t know that we weren’t supposed to wear their jerseys and go all out, decked-out,” Meryl said. “I’m walking down the street and all these people are like, ‘Oh my God, that’s the starting pitcher. Where’d you get that jersey?’ I was like, ‘Oh, it’s his. I found it in his closet.’”

Justin Masterson made his Major League debut just 173 days after marrying Meryl. The couple met in a class at Bethel College, where Justin played baseball and pursued a career in criminal justice for two years. (He later transferred to San Diego State University.)

Meryl said she is caught off-guard when others treat Justin like a celebrity.

“I forget because I met him before he was anything; I didn’t even know he played baseball,” she said. “When we’re out sometimes, people will say, ‘Excuse me, can I get your autograph when you’re finished?’ I’m like, ‘Oh yeah, there are people probably watching us.’

“He acts completely normal and would sign anything because he doesn’t want his autograph to mean anything, which I love. He’ll sign whatever you want; he loves that kind of stuff.”

It did not take long for Meryl to learn of Justin’s love of baseball as he spent much of his time at the ballpark upon being promoted to the big leagues.

In fact, Meryl’s passion for the game has grown dramatically since she married Justin.

“My pitcher IQ [is] a 10, but my hitter IQ [is] a one,” she said. “I am [a baseball fan] now. I really do love when it’s on.”

Justin continued his career with Boston throughout 2008 and into the 2009 season, when he was traded to Cleveland. Meryl moved with Justin to Cleveland, where she stays during the course of the season. In the offseason, the couple travel to Boston and South Bend, Ind., home of Justin’s family and Bethel College.

Meryl, who is a dental assistant by trade, has experienced success in the business world with her self-owned cookie business, “Home Plate Cookies.”

“When we got married, I forgot we move three times a year; no one wants to hire you part-time like that,” she said. “I always bake these cookies for the team, and then someone [told me] to sell them. I went to school online for business for one year, figured it out, and now I have a huge web site.”

Meryl has decided to donate all proceeds to a charity in the Dominican Republic, where the Mastersons volunteer and help care for a village.

“We’re very big believers, and we believe that we’re in the position we’re in only to help these kids,” she said. “It’s so exciting because the better [Justin] does, the more people we can help. It helps me not get as nervous for the game. It’s been really cool to see that the more we give to these kids, the better he does.”

Handling Life as a Player’s Wife

Justin Masterson’s days as a relief pitcher are over (for now), and his wife, Meryl, is arguably the biggest fan of his conversion to starting pitcher. The uncertainty leading up to every appearance proved stressful for Meryl, who was thrilled to learn she had four days off between Justin’s starts.

“I’ve asked veteran [wives], ‘Does it ever get easier?’” Meryl said. “Honestly, for pitchers’ wives, it doesn’t because they’re up once every five days; that’s their chance, and if they do bad, you have all five days to think about it. If they do good, you’re on a high for five days.”

Meryl said she has every Indians game playing on the television when she is home. She attends as many home games as she can during the summer, and she makes occasional road trips to spend time with her husband.

Even if Meryl walks away from the television for a second, the couple’s 2-year-old daughter, Eden, notifies her when Justin appears on TV.

“If they show him in the dugout or doing something else, she’ll be like, ‘There’s Daddy!’ I’ve taken so many pictures of her just staring at the screen,” Meryl said. “When he’s on like 11-day road trips, she gets so excited to see him. She doesn’t realize that he’s not there; [Eden thinks] he’s there. It’s really nice to see him on TV even though he’s gone.”

Eden, who looks just like Justin, often accompanies Meryl to her father’s games at Progressive Field, where the two sit with other players’ family members.

During one of Justin’s starts, Eden interjected, “Mommy, look, there’s Ketchup!”

“She doesn’t have a clue what’s going on out there, except that her daddy pitches,” Meryl said. “She’s been to more games than any [2-year-old]. She does really love the games.”

Meryl and Eden have made numerous friendships with players’ families throughout the past few years. While they both miss Justin for 81 away games each year, they enjoy the limited time they have with him at home.

“Of course, we want him to be home, but it really does make the times he is home precious. We don’t ever have little arguments because we just cherish the time we do have together,” Meryl said. “I really look at it like a blessing; it keeps our marriage fresh.

“Yes, it’s hard, and you feel like a single mom most of the time. Just like long distance, it makes you stronger because you’re built on trust.”

Meryl, who played basketball and softball in high school, said Justin does not talk about baseball unless she brings up the topic. She said she appreciates the way in which he separates his work from his family life.

“When we have family and friends in town — of course that’s all they talk about — my ears are perked because I never know what to say. When they talk about the game, I just love it because he goes on and on,” she said. “I feel like he just tries to leave it at the field and think of family time as family time, which I totally respect and cherish.”

Justin’s ability to come home with a smile on his face — regardless of his team’s performance each day — reminds Meryl of Justin’s college days. She said he used to hold the door open for everyone and hug the lunch ladies at Bethel.

“I am so emotional, and I get into the game. I would scream from the rooftops if I had the best game, and I would be so low if I had a bad game. You would not know what kind of game he had,” Meryl said. “He is the sweetest person, and that’s how I fell in love with him. He is just so even-keel, loving and up for whatever at any time. He’s steady; he is like the rock.”

–TribeVibe contributor Megan Golden

Indians introduce Terry Francona as team’s Manager

Terry Francona was formally named the 42nd Manager of the Cleveland Indians today at a press conference at Progressive Field.

Francona, 53, brings more than 30 years of professional baseball experience to the Indians organization as a player, coach and manager. He has 12 years of Major League managing experience, five playoff appearances, and two World Series titles in his career thus far.

He most recently led the Boston Red Sox to five playoff appearances, six seasons of 90 or more victories and two World Series titles (2004, 2007) over an eight-season span from 2004-11.

Over his career, Francona has earned a reputation for developing young players, motivating veterans, and getting the most out of his teams.

“We’re going to compete,” declared Francona at Monday’s press conference. “We’re always going to compete. We may not win every game, but we won’t back down from anyone.”

In 2013, he will lead a team filled with potential, with a core of young players including Cody Allen, Michael Brantley, Asdrubal Cabrera, Lonnie Chisenhall, Jason Kipnis, Corey Kluber, Justin Masterson, Zach McAllister and Carlos Santana.

“Players are players, and my job is whether a guy is 19 years old, or 21, or 31, or 36 – my job is to try to get the most out of them as a player,” said Francona.

”The goal here is for me to spend all my energy trying to insure that these players play the game correctly and with respect. So, when people are in Cleveland they are proud to say they are a Cleveland Indians fan.”

–TribeVibe contributor Max Lom

Indians Game Information, August 12

CLEVELAND INDIANS (53-61, 3rd, -9.0G) vs. BOSTON RED SOX (56-59)
RHP Corey Kluber (0-0, 6.10) vs. LHP Jon Lester (5-10, 5.36)
First Pitch 1:05 p.m. (ET)
TV: STO  Radio: WTAM/Indians Radio Network

ELIAS SAYS: BRENT LILLIBRIDGE went 3-for-4 w/ a 2B, HR and 2 RBI in  last  night’s  victory…according  to  Elias,  Lillibridge  became  just  the  2nd player in the last 53 seasons (1960-2012) to homer against Boston within 4 weeks of wearing a Red Sox uniform…just last month (July 17 at Fenway Park), the White Sox’s KEVIN YOUKILIS became the first player to pull that trick since Detroit’s TED LEPCIO did it on May 5, 1959 at Tiger Stadium just days after being traded by Boston.

THE STANDINGS: The Indians beat the Red Sox 5-2 last night, cutting their deficit to 9.0 games behind Chicago in the A.L. Central standings…the Tribe is also 8.5 games back in the A.L. Wild Card standings… Cleveland has been in 3rd place for 28 straight days after spending 56 consecutive days in either first or 2nd place (April 24-July 14)…of the 129 days of the Indians’ season, Cleveland has been in first place for 40 days, 2nd place for 46 days and 3rd place for 33 days…Cleveland held a season-high 4.0-game lead on May 17, but has gone 31-45 since.

LEFT COAST SWING: At the conclusion of the today’s game the Indians will head West to begin a 10-day, 9-game road trip against the Angels, Athletics and Mariners…trips starts with the Tribe’s first and only visit to Anaheim  this  season  to  conclude  the  season  series  against  the  Halos,  who have traveled to Cleveland twice this season (Indians hold a 4-2 advantage in 2012 play)…the Tribe is 122-140 all-time at Angel Stadium, going 11-17 over the last 5 seasons at “The Big A” (2007-11).

 

Indians Game Information, August 11

CLEVELAND INDIANS (52-61, 3rd, -10.0G) vs. BOSTON RED SOX (56-58)
RHP Zach McAllister (4-4, 3.60) vs. LHP Franklin Morales (3-2, 3.14)
First Pitch: 6:05 p.m. (ET)   TV: STO  Radio: WTAM/Indians Radio Network

Series Notes:

HALL  OF  FAME  SATURDAY:  The  Cleveland  Indians  will  induct  3  new members  into  the organization’s  Hall-of-Fames  this  evening,  headlined by GAYLORD PERRY, who spent parts of 4 seasons with the Tribe from 1972-75 and went 70-57 with a 2.51 ERA in an Indians uniform…already a Cooperstown Hall-of-Famer, Perry became the first pitcher in major league history to win a Cy Young Award in both leagues, earning that distinction for the Indians in 1972…the 5-time All-Star represented the Indians in the Mid-Summer Classic twice in 1972 and 1974…he was also honored earlier today during the club’s first-ever Indians Hall of Fame Benefit Luncheon…JIM WARFIELD and JACK GRANEY will be also inducted into the Indians Distinguished Hall of Fame for non-uniformed personnel…Warfield was an athletic trainer for the Indians organization from 1965 until his passing in 2002…Graney was a left-fielder for the Tribe from 1908-22 and returned to the organization from 1933-1953 as a popular play-by-play announcer-the first player to enter the broadcast booth in baseball history.

NICE  START:  CODY  ALLEN  has  logged  10.1  consec.  shutout  innings since having his contract selected from Triple-A Columbus July 20 (opponents  2-for-31,  .065  at  the  plate)…that  it  the  longest  scoreless  streak  to begin a major league career with the Indians since ALEX HERRERA strung together 11.0 consec. scoreless frames from Sept. 13, 2002-July 13, 2003 and the longest to do so in the same season since TOM WADDELL had a streak of 12.1 scoreless IP from April 15-May 5, 1984.

THIRTY-THIRTY CLUB: Indians closer CHRIS PEREZ recorded his 30th save of the season on Thursday (98th save of his major league career), 3rd-most in the A.L. behind Tampa Bay’s FERNANDO RODNEY (34) and Baltimore’s JIM JOHNSON (33) and 5th-most in the majors…with that door slam,  Perez  became  the  5th  pitcher  in  Indians  history  to  record  multiple seasons of 30+ saves, joining DOUG JONES (3, 1988-90), JOSE MESA (2,  1995-96),  MIKE  JACKSON  (1998-99)  and  BOB  WICKMAN  (2001, 2005)…with 36 saves in 2011, Perez became just the 4th to do so in back-to-back seasons (Jones, Mesa, Jackson).

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Indians Game Information, August 10

CLEVELAND INDIANS (52-60, 3rd, -9.0G) vs. BOSTON RED SOX (55-58)
LHP Chris Seddon (0-0, 8.31) vs. RHP Clay Buchholz (9-3, 4.48)
First Pitch: 7:05 p.m. (ET) at Progressive Field
TV: STO  Radio: WTAM, Indians Radio Network
Series Notes:

SENT HOME BY SANTANA: CARLOS SANTANA has driven in at least one run in 5 consecutive games to set a  personal career-best, matching the longest such streak by an Indians batter over the past 4 seasons (many times)…last Indian with 1+ RBI in more than 5 straight?: RYAN GARKO (6, Aug. 14-20, 2008)…Santana has 6 RBI over his last 5 games, 10 RBI over his last 8 games and 22 RBI over his last 22 games since July 18, batting .311 (23-74) with 14 extra-base hits (7-2B, 7-HR) over that latter stretch with a 1.122 OPS (.433 OBP/.689 SLG)…since July 18, Santana’s 22 RBI are T2nd-most in the majors behind only Boston’s ADRIAN GONZALEZ (23)… his 14 extra-base hits are 2nd-most in the A.L. behind the Angels’ ALBERT PUJOLS (16).

SET-EM-UP,  KNOCK-EM-DOWN:  VINNIE  PESTANO  worked  a  spotless 8th inning in last night’s win to extend his scoreless streak to 21.0 consecutive innings, the longest by any Indians pitcher this season and longest by a Tribe reliever since PAUL ASSENMACHER strung together 23.1 shutout frames from June 18-August 26, 1997…Pestano is tied with Tampa Bay’s J.P.  HOWELL  for  the  longest  active  scoreless  streak  in  the  majors…last night’s win also garnered Pestano with his major league-leading 31st hold, tied  with  RAFAEL  BETANCOURT  (2007)  for  the  Indians’  single-season club record.

THE STANDINGS: The Indians’ 5-3, come-from-behind win last night one half-game off the team’s deficit, as Cleveland is 9.0 games behind Chicago  in  the A.L.  Central  standings…the  Tribe  is  also  8.0  games  back in the A.L. Wild Card standings…Cleveland has been in 3rd place for 26 straight days after spending 56 consecutive days in either first or 2nd place (April 24-July 14)…of the 127 days of the Indians’ season, Cleveland has been in first place for 40 days, 2nd place for 46 days and 3rd place for 31 days…Cleveland held a season-high 4.0-game lead on May 17, but has gone 30-44 since.

Indians Game Information, August 9

CLEVELAND INDIANS (51-60, 3rd, -9.5 G) vs. BOSTON RED SOX (55-57)
RHP Ubaldo Jimenez (8-11, 5.29) vs. LHP Felix Doubront (10-5, 4.56)
First Pitch: 7:05 p.m. (ET) at Progressive Field
TV: STO  Radio: WTAM, Indians Radio Network
Series Notes:

TURN  THE  PAGE:  The  Indians  rallied  to  a  6-2  win  over  Minnesota  on Wednesday afternoon to end a season-high 11-game losing streak, the longest such streak for Cleveland since dropping 11 straight from Sept. 13-24, 2009 and one shy of the franchise record (12, May 7-21, 1931)…the Tribe’s pitching staff had permitted at least 5 runs in each one of those defeats prior to ending that streak yesterday.

THE  STANDINGS: The  Indians’  6-2  win  yesterday  shaved  1.0  game  off the  team’s  deficit,  as Cleveland  is  9.5  games  behind  Chicago  in  the A.L. Central standings…the Tribe is also 9.0 games back in the A.L. Wild Card standings…Cleveland has been in 3rd place for 25 straight days after spending 56 consecutive days in either first or 2nd place (April 24-July 14)…of the 126 days of the Indians’ season, Cleveland has been in first place for 40 days, 2nd place for 46 days and 3rd place for 30 days…Cleveland held a season-high 4.0-game lead on May 17, but has gone 29-44 since.

GETTING SET-UP: VINNIE PESTANO worked a 1-2-3 8th inning in yesterday’s win to extend his scoreless streak to 20.0 consecutive innings, the longest by any Indians pitcher this season and longest by a Tribe reliever since Chris Perez strung together 20.2 spotless frames from July 8-Sept. 5, 2009…Pestano is tied with Tampa Bay’s J.P. HOWELL for the longest active scoreless streak in the A.L., one out shy of San Diego’s HUSTON STREET  (20.1  IP)  for  longest  active  streak  in  the  majors…Pestano  also leads the majors with 30 holds, one shy of RAFAEL BETANCOURT’s 2007
club record (31).

More History Made at Progressive Field

Wow – 28.0 innings of baseball in the span of 2 games. Gut-wrenching losses no doubt, but if you hang around this game long enough you really learn to appreciate the opportunity to witness baseball history and Progressive Field has no doubt supplied us with plenty of memories over the past 72 hours.

Two days removed from watching the longest Opening Day game in Major League history (16 innings), we played another 12-inning affair against the Blue Jays this afternoon. In research conducted by the Indians Baseball Information Dept. using Baseball-Reference.com and confirmed by the Elias Sports Bureau, 2012 marks the first time that any team has opened the season with consecutive extra-inning games of at least 12 innings since 1969 when four different teams pulled the trick. At Municipal Stadium in Kansas City that year, the Twins and Royals played a 12-inning game on April 8 followed by a 17-inning game on April 9. At Memorial Stadium in Baltimore, the Red Sox and Orioles played a 12-inning game on April 8 followed by a 13-inning game on April 10. Ironically, the Red Sox added a 3rd straight game of 12-plus innings when the club played a 16-inning game here in Cleveland against the Indians on April 11 at Cleveland Stadium. If you’re into brevity, we’ve just witnessed something that hasn’t happened in 43 years.

Did I mention that both starting pitchers carried no-hitters into the 5th inning? Ubaldo took that a step further and had a perfect game going until issuing a 2-out walk in the 6th – his no-hitter remained in tact until Brett Lawrie’s 2-out single in the 7th. He seemed really locked in and followed up Justin’s Opening Day performance to give the Tribe a couple outstanding starts to begin the year. Through 2 games of this young season, Justin and Ubaldo have combined to give the Indians starting rotation a 1.80 ERA (3 ER/15.0 IP). The duo has also combined to hold Toronto to a .063 (3-for-48) opponents average (one single, one double, one home run), while notching 13 strikeouts against just 4 walks. The Indians pitching staff overall has held the Blue Jays lineup to a .180 clip (18-for-100). It was also really good to see Jason and Asdrubal dial in with their first home runs of the year

I wonder what’s in store for us here at the ballpark tomorrow…

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