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#BeatDetroit: The Tribe’s most memorable moments at Progressive Field vs. the Tigers

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The Indians are 98-66 all-time at Jacobs/Progressive Field vs. the Tigers, though Detroit had our number last year at home and in the overall series.

We’re trying to change that. We need to pack Progressive Field this week as the Tigers come to town for the first time this year! As a little helper, here’s a brief history of the Tribe’s memorable moments at this ballpark against the Tigers. Come on down to the ballpark this week; you never know what kind of history you might see made!

Plus, use #BeatDetroit all week on Twitter to join the conversation!

Postscript/Editor’s Note: We posted this Monday afternoon, before Michael Brantley’s walk-off homer on Monday night. Let’s add that one to the mix, shall we?

 

BRANTLEY HOMER BEATS ALBUQUERQUE, TIGERS

July 7, 2013

Torii Hunter had tied the game in the top of the eighth with a three-run homer, but the Indians quickly rebounded in the bottom half: After a Nick Swisher walk, Brantley hit a two-run shot in an eventual 9-6 win.

 

INDIANS RALLY AGAINST LIGHTS-OUT VERLANDER WITH BACK-TO-BACK HOMERS

July 26, 2012

Prior to the seventh, Justin Verlander had allowed one run and three hits … but that changed when Carlos Santana homered to lead off the inning. Travis Hafner followed with another, and the Tribe added two more in a 5-3 win.

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2013 Indians Season in Review: July

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TribeVibe over the coming weeks will look back at the 2013 Indians season by month, with records, stats, top moments and more on which fans can reflect. April, though a slow start record-wise, provided some memorable moments, which you can watch below. All information and stats courtesy of Indians Baseball Information staff, unless otherwise noted. Photos by Dan Mendlik and Kyle Emery.

For previous monthly reviews:

THE FINE PRINT

  • Monthly record: 15-10
  • Overall record: 59-48
  • Home record: 12-4
  • Road record: 3-6
  • Weekend record: 6-2
  • Standings: second place, 2.5GB
  • High-water mark: 59-48, July 31

TOP PERFORMERS — BATTING

  • Michael Brantley: .318 AVG (20-98), 15 R, 13 RBI, 10 BB, .878 OPS
  • Carlos Santana: .282 AVG (24-85), 10 R, 14 RBI, 12 BB, .829 OPS
  • Nick Swisher: .284 AVG (25-88), 10 R, 12 RBI
  • Yan Gomes: .313 AVG (10-32), .871 OPS, 6 RBI
  • Ryan Raburn: .321 AVG (9-28), 1.084 OPS

TOP PERFORMERS – PITCHING

  • Chris Perez: 2-0, 8 SV, 0.60 ERA (1ER in 15IP), 11 K, .200 opp. AVG
  • Justin Masterson: 2-1, 3.12 ERA (9 ER in 26IP), 28 K, .187 opp. AVG
  • Scott Kazmir: 2-0, 2.75 ERA (11 ER in 36IP), 27 K, .198 opp. AVG
  • Ubaldo Jimenez: 2-1, 2.83 ERA (9 ER in 28.2IP), 21 K, .219 opp. AVG

COMBINED BATTING/PITCHING STATS

  • Batting: .256 AVG (212-826), 22 HR, 112 RBI, 5 pinch-hit RBI
  • Pitching: 3.43 ERA (85ER in 223IP), .226 opponent average, 188 SO, 87 BB

WALKOFFS

  • Ryan Raburn, July 26: Ryan Raburn came to bat in the 11th inning of a game in which the Indians surrendered a big lead, and tried to bunt early in his at-bat. After the bunt sign was pulled, Raburn quickly deposited a three-run homer into the Home Run Porch.
  • Jason Giambi, July 29: Jason Giambi hit a pinch-hit, walk-off homer to send Progressive Field into bedlam.
  • Carlos Santana, July 31: Two days later and for the third time in five days, a Tribe player hit a walk-off – this time Carlos Santana, whose solo homer in the bottom of the ninth lifted the Indians to their seventh straight win.

OTHER HIGHLIGHTS

Kipnis/Masterson make All-Star Game: Jason Kipnis and Justin Masterson each were picked for their first All-Star Game, held July 16 at Citi Field in New York. While Masterson didn’t pitch – he was the AL’s long man if the game went into extra innings – Kipnis laced an RBI double in the eighth inning to pad the AL’s lead. The Red Sox thank him; Boston enjoyed the home-field advantage in the World Series that an All-Star Game victory does for the winners. (And when Kip got back, Kips on a Stick greeted him!)

Raburn mashes: Raburn’s 16 homers – including his walk-off blast on July 26 — were fourth on the club and the most for any MLB player with fewer than 300 plate appearances.

Scrabble trade: Marc Rzepczynski did not allow an earned run in 26 of his 27 appearances after coming to Cleveland on July 30, just before MLB’s trade deadline.

Dr. Smooth’s big month: Brantley led the team among qualified batters by hitting .284, the second straight season he’s led the team in that category (.288 in 2012).

Coach of the Month — Mickey Callaway: Callaway oversaw a staff that for the season registered a 3.82 cumulative ERA, seventh in the AL and almost a run lower than 2012 (4.78). In July, Tribe starters had a 3.22 ERA in 151 innings; take out Carlos Carrasco’s rough outing on July 6 (6ER in 3.1IP), that figure drops to 2.92. Tribe hurlers posted a 3.13 ERA after the All-Star break, second in the AL and fourth in MLB, and logged 1,379 strikeouts, second-most in the big leagues.

Masterson a busy man: As part of an auction held by the Indians Wives Association, Justin Masterson shaved James Godshall’s head in the Indians dugout before a July game. The pictures are, as you might expect, fantastic. … Oh, and Masterson also made himself even more popular by never batting an eye as he was peppered by water and sunflower seeds during a live interview on SportsTime Ohio.

Greg Van Niel catches four foul balls … in one game: The longtime Indians Season Ticket Holder became the envy of many Tribe fans after catching four foul balls in one game at Progressive Field. See? It pays to be a Season Ticket Holder!

MLB Network’s Chris Rose — a Cleveland native — throws out a ceremonial first pitch: … and doesn’t do it very well.

Quotes from Indians GM Chris Antonetti re: today’s transactions

Indians General Manager Chris Antonetti spoke with reporters today during a conference call and media availability at Progressive Field. Here are some of his quotes from those sessions:

Thoughts related to Jason Giambi’s return to the organization in 2014:
“I don’t think there’s any better way to start our off-season than by re-signing Jason. I think he made such a huge impact on our team [in 2013] and he embodies everything we’re looking for in our players – his professionalism, the way he works and prepares for a game, the teammate that he is, the energy he brings to a team and the clubhouse made an immense impact on our team this year and we’re thrilled to continue to have him as part of the organization.”

“We started those discussions right away. As soon as the season was over, that was one of the first calls we made. We worked through things with his agent and ultimately Jason said this is where he wanted to be, and we obviously wanted him here. We are happy it worked out.”

On bringing Giambi back on a minor league contract for a second consecutive season:
“[We're bringing him back] in a very similar context to last year, although at this point we have a first-hand appreciation of all the other things Jason brings to a team and an organization beyond just his [physical] ability [...] we had heard that from other people about how he could impact a team in those ways, but last year we lived it first-hand and now go into Spring Training with a clear understanding of the value he adds beyond what he produces on the field.”

Comments regarding the trade to acquire LHP Colt Hynes from San Diego:
“Colt’s a guy with a good fastball/slider mix that we’ll bring into Major League Spring Training and give him an opportunity to compete for a spot on the Major League team.”

“He’s been extraordinarily effective against left-handed hitters [...] this past season, he lowered his arm-slot a little bit and was dominant against left-handed hitters at Triple-A and was very effective against them at the Major League level…[a lefty specialist role is] certainly a strength of his, one we feel he’ll excel at, but we wouldn’t limit his role to just left-on-left because we feel in time he has the ability to not only get left-handed hitters out, but right-handers as well.”

On how the organization came to the decision to give Chris Perez his unconditional release:
“We considered a variety of factors as we got to that point (unconditional release of Perez) and felt that this provided us with roster flexibility in advance of Dec. 2 (MLB tender deadline) and allows Chris the opportunity to find his next team [...] obviously (Chris) is arbitration-eligible again this year and he’s due for another raise through that process and we have to make some determinations of where our team needs are and how we’re going to allocate our resources moving forward.”

“We worked through our offseason planning process and our meetings and we made the determination that Chris would not be a fit on our roster for next year so once we got clarity on that, we felt that it made sense to move forward with the transaction now rather than waiting until Dec. 2.”

Regarding other options for the closer’s role in 2014:
“We feel that we have some guys internally that are capable of doing that, but I do anticipate that we will look externally to add to the group that we have [...] We go into the offseason with some quality alternatives, but I expect it will be an area that we seek to address as we work through the winter. We will try to bring in guys – whether it’s an experienced closer or other guys that have experience pitching in leverage innings out of the bullpen – that will complement the group we have.”

“Cody Allen and Bryan Shaw are two returning guys who have had the most experience pitching in those high-leverage situations; we’re still confident that Vinnie Pestano will bounce back and be a contributor on our team. We’ll also take the off-season to look at opportunities to fortify our ‘pen [...] we re-signed Matt [Capps] a couple weeks ago and he’s healthy at this point so he’ll come into Spring Training ready to go and compete for a spot on the team [...] the roles in the bullpen evolve over the course of the season and how those roles take shape is something that we’ll get a better sense of once we have full knowledge of the group heading into camp and how those guys pitch once they get the opportunities.”

Indians Announce Several Roster Moves: re-sign Jason Giambi, complete trade with San Diego, release Chris Perez

CLEVELAND, OH – The Cleveland Indians today announced a series of roster moves for the club.

* Re-signed DH JASON GIAMBI to a Minor League contract with a non-roster invitation to Major League camp. Giambi, 42, equaled the single-season club record with three pinch-hit home runs in 2013, the last of which came in game-winning fashion against the Chicago White Sox on September 24 that kept the Indians 1.0 game AL WildCard lead intact. For the season he drove in 31 runs in 71 games (54 starts at DH), led the club with an RBI per at bat ratio of 6.0ab/RBI and collected his 2000th career hit on September 8 vs. the New York Mets.

The five-time American League All-Star owns a career Major League batting average of .278 (2002-7207) with 403 2B, 438HR & 1436RBI in 2234 games (.400OB/.519SLG/ .919OPS) over 19 seasons with Oakland, New York-AL, Colorado and Cleveland.

* Acquired LHP COLT HYNES from the San Diego Padres in exchange for cash considerations. Hynes, 28, spent the first half of the 2013 season between AA San Antonio and AAA Tucson where he went a combined 2-0 with 4 saves and a 1.52 ERA in 41 relief appearances (47.1IP, 43H, 11R/8ER, 2BB, 58SO, 1HR), limiting left-handed batters to a .147 (11-75, 35SO) average against while averaging 11.0SO per 9.0IP with just 2 walks in 47.1 innings. Colt was with San Diego for the entire second half of the season, his first career taste of Major League action, recording a 9.00ERA in 22 relief outings (17.0IP, 25H, 17R/ER) while limiting left-handed Major League batters to a .156 (5-32) average against.

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The Texas Tech alum was San Diego’s 31st round selection in the 2007 draft and has compiled a career Minor League record of 21-25 with 13 saves and a 3.59 ERA in 323 games/21 starts (501.1IP, 584H, 200ER, 118BB, 396SO). The Weatherford, Texas native is currently pitching for Estrellas in the Dominican Winter League (2.0IP, 3H, 0R, 1SO, 7 games).

* Gave RHP CHRIS PEREZ his unconditional release. Perez, who is now a free agent, was 5-3 with a 4.33 ERA in 54 relief appearances in 2013 (54.0IP, 56H, 26ER, 11HR, 21BB, 54K, .263AVG).

2013 Indians Season in Review: April

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TribeVibe over the coming weeks will look back at the 2013 Indians season by month, with records, stats, top moments and more on which fans can reflect. April, though a slow start record-wise, provided some memorable moments, which you can watch below. All information and stats courtesy of Indians Baseball Information staff, unless otherwise noted. Photos by Dan Mendlik and Kyle Emery.

THE FINE PRINT

  • Monthly Record: 11-13
  • Overall record: 11-13
  • Home record: 3-6
  • Road record: 8-7
  • Weekend record (the Indians were 36-18 on weekends overall): 4-4
  • Standings: Fourth place, 3.5 GB
  • High-water mark: 2-0

TOP PERFORMERS — BATTING

  • Carlos Santana: .389 AVG (28-72), 5 HR, 13 RBI, 14 R, 12 BB
  • Ryan Raburn: .320 AVG, 4 HR, 8 RBI, 10 R
  • Mark Reynolds: .301 AVG, 8 HR, 22 RBI, 17 R, 10 BB
  • Michael Bourn: .333 AVG, 4 2B, 7 R

TOP PERFORMERS — PITCHING

  • Chris Perez: 1.13 ERA (1 ER in 8 IP), 3 SV, 9 K, .179 opp. AVG
  • Bryan Shaw: 0.87 ERA (1 ER in 10.1 IP), 13 K, .167 opp. AVG
  • Nick Hagadone: 2.45 ERA (2 ER in 7.1 IP), 8 K, .091 opp. AVG
  • Justin Masterson: 4-2, 3.12 ERA (14 ER in 40.1 IP), 39 K, .231 opp. AVG

COMBINED BATTING/PITCHING STATS

  • Batting: .265 AVG (222-837), 36 HR, 115 RBI, .333 OBP, .465 SLG
  • Pitching: 4.27 ERA (100 ER in 211 IP) 32 HR allowed, 87 BB, 190 K

WALK-OFF WINS

The Indians notched 11 walk-off wins in 2013, one of which came in April:

  • April 12: Nick Swisher drove in Jason Kipnis on a cold Friday night, giving Justin Masterson his first complete game shutout of the season in a 1-0 win. It also inspired many a caption contest due to Swish’s reaction.

OTHER HIGHLIGHTS

April 8, Cleveland: On Opening Day at Progressive Field, the Indians invite Mickey Brantley, Sandy Alomar Sr., Steve McAllister, Steve Swisher and Tito Francona to throw ceremonial first pitches to their sons — Michael Brantley, Sandy Alomar Jr., Zach McAllister, Nick Swisher and Terry Francona. (See picture in gallery above.)

April 12, Cleveland: Masterson became only the fifth pitcher in the last 19 seasons with 3 complete game shutouts and 10 wins before the All-Star Game in  the Tribe’s 1-0 win over Chicago.

The shutout was one of 16 for the Tribe in 2013, tied for second-best in the American League; the Indians also were 30-17 in one-run games, second in MLB. Plus, according to the Elias Sports Bureau, Masterson became just the third pitcher in baseball history to record victories against both reigning Cy Young Award winners in the same season (with award winners taking a loss), but the first to do so in consecutive starts. Masterson beat R.A. Dickey in Toronto on April 2 and David Price in Tampa on April 7.

April 21, Houston: New Tribe outfielder Drew Stubbs’ first homer as an Indians player was a memorable one, as it landed in landed in some guy’s tub of popcorn, showering Houston outfielder Rick Ankiel with said popcorn. (SportsTime Ohio reporter Katie Witham mended fences, buying the gentleman a new tub – in exchange for an interview, of course!)

April 30, Cleveland: In a 14-2 game, this happened – in the eighth inning! And you wonder why everyone loves the big guy?

Did you know?: The club’s .798 OPS was second-best in the Majors behind Colorado’s .810 and the highest for Cleveland in April since 2009 (.799).

Transcript: Chris Antonetti and Terry Francona Postseason media gathering

CI_061513-918Indians General Manager Antonetti and manager Terry Francona met with the media on Monday afternoon to discuss the 2013 season and preparation for the offseason heading into 2014.

Francona announced that all coaches were invited to return, with Mike Sarbaugh (moving to third base coach), Brad Mills (moving to bench coach) and Sandy Alomar (moving to first base coach) switching spots on the diamond.

Here’s a sampling of Antonetti and Francona’s comments.

Question: What do you think was the biggest accomplishment this season?

Chris Antonetti: Two things: Getting back to the postseason and re-establishing a winning culture was important for us. It’s a long process, and ongoing. But getting back to the postseason was meaningful to us as an organization. It didn’t end the way we wanted it to, but that was a good first step. The job Tito and hisstaff did to create an unbelievable environment from day one in Spring Training, set a tone.

Question: How important is it for you to continue that going into the offseason?

CA: Obviously we want to play in the Postseason year in year out. We want to progress through the Postseason. There are lots of things that have to happen for that to happen.

Q: How is (Nick) Swisher’s shoulder?

CA: All indications are that it’s fine.

Q: Any anticipated surgeries?

CA: We’re in the process of that right now; in a lot of cases guys just completed their exit physicals. We have guys lined up to assess some things that lingered at the end of the year.

Q: Any coaching changes?

TF: Mike Sarbaugh’s been coaching third the last few years. This isn’t a knock on Millsy; and Sandy’s passion is coaching first. We walked through it the other day and Sandy was fine with it. I was really proud of this coaching staff.

CA: I thought the coaching staff did a phenomenal job, with their commitment to putting each player in a position where they could be successful.

Q: When you took over, what was your biggest concern?

TF: I don’t think I ever thought about that. When we decided I was going to be the manager, we spent the rest of the afternoon talking about the team and moving forward. I don’t read a lot, but I did read that I was told we were going to sign free agents. The only thing I ever told Chris was that I would do my best with what I had.

Q: What’s your confidence level in the rotation?

TF: We have (Justin Masterson) coming back. We have Danny Salazar, and Corey Kluber, who’s gotten to a point where over his last 12 starts, he was one of the better pitchers in the league. Zach McAllister wants to be the best pitcher in the league, almost to a fault. Then we have (Carlos) Carrasco, and Trevor Bauer, who at some point is going to make an impact.

Q: Chris, can you speak about Ubaldo? He said he appreciated the organization’s confidence.

CA: With all of our free agents, they all made a favorable impression on us and we’d like to have them all back. How all the pieces come together, it’s hard to forecast at this point.

Q: Do you anticipate being as aggressive as you were last offseason?

CA: I think we’ll be aggressive in looking for ways to improve the team. How that plays out, I don’t know right now. I know we’ll be aggressive in trying to improve.

Q: What part of the team would you like to see strengthened?

TF: I think you want to get better every year. It’s hard to say. Year to year, you don’t know what (part of the team) will carry the same load or have the same effectiveness. In the second half of the year, our pitching was great. Our speed played a big role. When the time comes and we see the group we have, then we’ll get together in Goodyear and start over. It’ll be a little easier because when you have familiarity, it’s easier to get more work done.

Q: Do you think you’ll show up in Goodyear knowing that one guy is your closer?

TF: I think roles are important, but the way pitchers pitch defines roles.

Q: Do you think the attitude toward coming here in free agency has been changed?

TF: I think you’d like to have your players, when they’re talking to other players, tell them they like to play here.

CA: It was evident last offseason that players liked to play for Terry. I think that will continue.

Q: Is it essential for you to find that middle-of-the-order bat?

TF: It depends on how much pitching we have. You have to be one run better every night; however we do that, we have to figure that out. When Mark Reynolds was hot, that was a big plus. But after he left, we knew our margin of error was smaller – but that didn’t mean we couldn’t win.

CA: We’re going to look to improve every aspect of the team. On the position player side, we can bring back mostly the entire group that was fourth in MLB in runs scored.

Q: Do you think the attendance will hurt your ability to spend?

CA: There’s a lot that goes into that. Ultimately, those are decisions and information we’ll get a little bit later – what our payroll will be. That’s not defining to us. Our goal is to build a contending team and I’m confident we’ll have the resources we need to do that.

Q: The way everything came together late, did you feel that it could go further than one game?

TF: I tried to talk to the team when it was over. Nobody wanted it to be over. It stung. Whether it’s a week, two days, whatever – when the sting is gone, remember how much the staff cared about you guys. When you’re that fond of a group, you don’t want it to be over. You want to leave on your own terms.

Q: How much did Chris Perez’s performance at the end of the season complicate his situation with the team going into the offseason?

CA: Not that much. Chris has been a very effective closer for us and one of the most successful closers we’ve had here. We have a lot of decisions to make, not just with him.

Q: Carlos Santana said he didn’t necessarily like to (be the designated hitter). When a guy expresses that, how can you handle that?

TF: We talked to him today about similar things. Some of it will depend on the winter. We wanted to involve him in that. His bat and versatility are important.

Q: When you look at Swisher’s season, do you look at his shoulder injury as a part of it?

TF: I think he tried to do a little too much, whether it was being new or his contract. When he tried to dig himself out of it, I don’t think his shoulder helped him. Toward the end of the year, he turned it up; I think you’ll see more consistency out of him.

CA: In some of our most meaningful games of our season, he was our most productive hitter.

Q: How about Bourn?

CA: Michael cares so much and so deeply, that he may have tried to do a little too much. Plus, he switched leagues. What you’ll see next year from both is that they’ll be a little more comfortable with the league and organization.

TF: He’s so conscientious, that’s what you want. You don’t want players to kill themselves over things. Sometimes they try to do too much because of it, but I’d rather fight that than the flip side.

Q: Is Trevor Bauer ready?

CA: He’s still developing. He’s further along than at this time last year. I think we underestimated the magnitude of the changes he was undertaking in his delivery. We’ll have a much better sense of that come Spring Training. Trevor is committed to putting in the work this winter to continue his progress. He’s talked with (pitching coach) Mickey (Callaway).

Q: Were the changes he made working?

CA: It’s still a work in progress. Where he envisions his delivery being, we’re good with. But it’s still a work in progress.

Q: Do you view Carrasco as a starter?

TF: I think we need to exhaust every possibility with him as a starter; his arm is so big and his secondary stuff is there. We think he can help us most there.

Q: Did you get a sense from Jason Giambi what he wanted to do?

CA: I think he wants to play. He was proud of what he contributed and he wants to continue that.

Q: We may have forgotten what this ballpark is like when it’s out of control. What was that like?

TF: I don’t really pay a lot of attention usually, because when you’re in the dugout, you’re so closed off. … When they did the introductions, I was getting a kick out of it, like when they announced G. That was really cool. And when I got out there, it was LOUD. It was pretty cool. Those people are dying to do that. I never got caught up in (the attendance). The people who came were so into it, and that was great. Whoever comes to a game, we want to make them proud. And I think we’re making those strides.

Q: How did you sense the crowd?

CA: It was great to see the excitement in the ballpark and across the city. They embraced the team and it was a cool environment. The fans that were here throughout the season were unbelievable. They were passionate, vocal, intense and unbelievable.

Q: Do you think (Vinnie) Pestano will be able to get back to where he was?

CA: I think Vinnie has more determination than never to get back to the pitcher he was for so long for us. We have not lost sight of the contributions he’s made; we know it’s in there, and I have no doubt he’s going to work his tail off this offseason and come into Spring Training to assert himself as a dominant back-end reliever.

–TribeVibe contributor Joel Hammond

Photo gallery: Tribe clinches Wild Card spot, celebrates in Minnesota

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You may have heard that the Indians clinched a Postseason berth on Sunday with their 10th consecutive victory and seventh four-game sweep of the season — the first time the latter has been done since 1943.

Here’s photographic evidence of the feat. Enjoy. Go Tribe!

Thursday highlights: Ubaldo pitching reel, Carson’s #GoonSquad initiation, photo gallery!

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Thursday was another success at Progressive Field! Matt Carson, the newest member of the Tribe’s Goon Squad — the named bestowed on the bench bunch by Mike Aviles — got his first big-league walkoff hit, a single in the 11th to beat Houston.

Lost in the late drama was another solid start by Ubaldo Jimenez — seven innings, one run — and Chris Perez’s dramatic escape from trouble in the ninth. And it just so happens that we have video of all of it, to go with the above photos. Enjoy!

Ubaldo:

Perez:

Matt Carson:

–Photos by Kyle Emery

Chris Perez keeps promise to 20-year Season Ticket Holders

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In the midst of chasing down the “Rally Chicken” in the outfield yesterday, I stumbled into a really heartwarming gesture from Tribe closer Chris Perez.

A couple of 20-year Season Ticket Holders yelled to Perez, asking if he had brought their jersey today. CP ran off the field and returned with a bundled up signed jersey, subsequently hurling it into the stands to the fans.

While he was away, I asked them how they knew Chris. “Oh we’ve known him forever, being Season Ticket Holders since ’94.” The couple went on to explain that when they saw him at Spring Training this year, he promised he’d give them a jersey of his this season.

Sometimes it’s the little things like this — that most fans may not hear about — that make all the difference.

- TribeVibe contributor Courtney Shilling

This Chicken has made it from the Farm System to Big League BP in Cleveland

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If you thought the Cleveland Indians were finished with September call ups from the farm system, think again.

Where did this chicken come from and how did it get to Progressive Field? Well, that depends on who you ask.

“I got the chicken from the father of a friend of a friend,” Justin Masterson said. Very descriptive, Masty. When asked who was behind this shenanigans, Masterson insisted he was simply delivering the chicken. “You could say it was a conglomerate of the bullpen guys.”

Chris Perez said the chicken was Cody Allen’s, although another rumor is that the fowl is simply named “Cody” after Cody Allen. Further speculation suggests the chicken is a gift to Allen.

Whatever the chicken’s deal is, it appeared to be pretty comfortable in the outfield and on the warning track. Shagging a few fly balls didn’t faze “Cody” at all.

Why the chicken? “Maybe they are sacrificing it?” one of the groundscrew guys said, referencing “Major League”.

No word on that yet — and from batting practice, it appeared the bullpen and the chicken are friends of a feather. The fowl even has a little block C cape.

– TribeVibe contributor Courtney Shilling

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