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A group of 25 Cleveland-area high school students spent much of Wednesday at Progressive Field as part of The Plain Dealer’s Reporter for a Day program.
The group met with an Indians representative to talk about the team’s efforts in social media and how it affects interaction with fans and media, along with players’ interactions with fans.
They then spoke with veteran Plain Dealer reporter Paul Hoynes to talk about the profession before sitting in on Indians manager Terry Francona’s daily pregame press briefing. They then watched batting practice from outfield seats, followed by the treat of the day: a sitdown with Indians players Chris Perez, Yan Gomes and Cody Allen.
They also were given two assignments: to write about their day for possible publishing on Cleveland.com, and also to Tweet throughout the day using the hashtag #TribeReporter for inclusion on TribeVibe.
Below are some of the best Tweets we received throughout the day:
Had an absolutely phenomenal experience at the ballpark yesterday, learned so much!! #tribereporter
— J.D. Walker (@JDWalker13) May 9, 2013
— Tommy Carosielli (@TCarosielli8) May 9, 2013
— Connor Lowe (@ConnorLowe55) May 9, 2013
— Tim Tedeschi (@Timo_Ted61) May 9, 2013
— Clayton Carmen (@ClaytonCarmen) May 9, 2013
Just walked by Asdrubal Cabrera. No big deal really. #TribeReporter
— Tyler Carey (@tylercarey94) May 8, 2013
— Zach Fehrenbach (@zfbach) May 8, 2013
I would just like to say that some of these kids that I met who are fellow #tribereporter s are truly incredible.
— Teri Theobald (@T_DawgTeri) May 8, 2013
— Jake Hromada (@JakeH25) May 8, 2013
–TribeVibe contributor Joel Hammond
The Cleveland Indians have ended the Cleveland Browns’ seven-year winning streak in the teams’ annual Bowl For Kids Sake matchup Thursday night at Freeway Lanes in Parma.
The Browns had won seven straight and held a 7-3 edge in the teams’ all-time series. But the Indians — led by Reggie Hawthorne, a Progressive Field Retail Stand Captain who recently participated in the National Intercollegiate Bowling Championships for Notre Dame College — beat the Browns by about 7,000 pins.
Players who participated included Justin Masterson, Chris Perez, Yan Gomes and Bryan Shaw, while wives including Amanda Kluber, Meryl Masterson, Jenny Gomes, Kristin Shaw, Melanie Perez, Kathleen Reynolds and Meredith Chisenhall joined the festivities. Browns players including Jabaal Sheard, Billy Winn, John Hughes and Craig Robertson also were on hand, while mascots Slider and Chomps made appearances.
Proceeds from the event go to benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters of Cleveland, the largest provider of one-on-one youth mentoring services in the United States. The group has been bringing caring adults into the lives of children for over 100 years. BBBS of Greater Cleveland provides professionally-supported one-on-one mentoring services to youth, serving over 600 children annually in Cuyahoga County, either in the community or at a site or school. For more information visit http://www.bbbsneo.org.
–TribeVibe contributor Joel Hammond (photos by Dan Mendlik)
According to Nick Swisher, Monday’s filming of the Tribe’s Harlem Shake video was “Bring your own costume Monday!” And boy did he and his teammates ever. Here is the roster of the downright ridiculous costumes on display in the Tribe Town 216 edition.
Parrot: Jason Kipnis (costume courtesy of Vinnie Pestano)
Ohio State football star: Nick Swisher
Green man: Jason Giambi
Big baby: Terry Francona
Prisoner: Sandy Alomar, Jr.
Camo man: Mark Reynolds
Human bear: Justin Masterson
Lloyd Christmas & Harry Dunne (from “Dumb and Dumber”): David Huff & Chris Perez
Mario: Lonnie Chisenhall
Two Luigis: Mike Sarbaugh & Brian Jeroloman
Nerd: Michael Brantley
Flamingo wrangler: Cody Allen
Reno 911! cop: Ubaldo Jimenez
Hot dog with beard: Nick Hagadone
Disco man: Carlos Carrasco
Ironman: Drew Stubbs
Scarecrow: Trevor Bauer
Mummies: Juan Diaz & Michael Bourn
WWE wrestler: Brett Myers
Two Gumbies: Mike McDade & Scott Barnes
Two Easter bunnies: Rich Hill & Lou Marson
Three penguins: Matt Capps, Matt Langwell & Zach McAllister
Egyptian Pharaoh: Danny Salazar
Hula dancer: Cord Phelps
Spiderman: Joe Martinez
Gene Simmons: Mickey Callaway
Waldo: Matt Carson
Angry Birds: Scott Kazmir and Bryan Shaw
And in case you missed it, here’s the video again:
Yes, we’re a little behind on the craze. Sue us. We’ve been a little busy, you know, with Spring Training and all.
We think, though, that the Harlem Shake: Tribe Town 216 edition is worth the wait. On Monday, we teased it with a partial roster; today, we bring you the full video, with, in our humble opinion, the best “Shake” intro of them all.
Hope you enjoy.
–TribeVibe contributor Joel Hammond
In case you haven’t heard, Nick Swisher is excited to be in Cleveland and a member of the Indians.
On Monday, that excitement manifested off the field: as the organizer of an Indians Harlem Shake video. The video will be released on in the next day or so, so stay tuned to TribeVibe and our social media channels. In the meantime, this photo gallery will have to do. A partial roster:
- Green man: Jason Giambi
- Camo man: Mark Reynolds
- Human bear: Justin Masterson
- Lloyd Christmas/Harry Dunne (from “Dumb and Dumber”): Chris Perez, David Huff
- Mario with a diaper on: Lonnie Chisenhall
- Reno 911! cop: Ubaldo Jimenez
- Hot dog: Nick Hagadone
- Disco man: Carlos Carrasco
- Penguin: Zach McAllister
- Parrot: Jason Kipnis
- Ohio State football star: Nick Swisher
Cleveland media were on hand, too, and had these dispatches from Goodyear:
Paul Hoynes, Plain Dealer: “Told that bear costume he wore for Harlem Shake video looked like real bear, Masterson said: “It was a real bear. . .at one time.”
Jordan Bastian, MLB.com: Giambi on this morning’s Harlem Shake antics: “It was fun. That’s the stuff you need to build team unity.”
The Reno 911 sexy cop costume? Can confirm that Ubaldo Jimenez picked it out himself. Told Big U that I can’t un-see that. He laughed.
–TribeVibe contributor Joel Hammond
With six members of the Cleveland Indians on World Baseball Classic rosters, there stands to be some friendly trash talk when Spring Training opens next month in Goodyear, Ariz.
Indians relievers Vinnie Pestano and Chris Perez will help the United States squad, which has finished no better than fourth, take on some of the sport’s very big boys in the third installment of the WBC: Indians teammates Carlos Santana (Dominican Republic) and Asdrubal Cabrera (Venezuela) are members of teams loaded with Major League stars, while new Indians infielder Mike Aviles – and Tribe farmhand Giovanni Soto — join Yadier Molina (Cardinals), Carlos Beltran (Cardinals) and Alex Rios (White Sox) on the Puerto Rico team.
“There will be some back and forth, and that’s all part of it,” said Pestano, who with Perez formed one of the most feared bullpen duos in the majors last season. “Hopefully we get a chance to go against (Cabrera) and Carlos. Their teams are loaded.
“Maybe it’ll come down to us being the 1980 (U.S.) Winter Olympic hockey team: (Coach Herb Brooks said) ‘We’re not looking for the best ones, we’re looking for the right ones,’” he said with a smile.
The U.S., though, is no slouch, and the team’s pitching depth, especially in the bullpen, made Pestano unsure whether he’d even be included. Pestano, who in 2012 set a single-season club record with 36 holds, and Perez, who had 39 saves, are joined by Craig Kimbrel (Braves), Jeremy Affeldt (Giants) and Mitch Boggs (Cardinals), among others, in the bullpen, while Mark Teixeira (Yankees), Brandon Phillips (Reds), Ryan Braun (Brewers) and Giancarlo Stanton (Marlins) highlight the lineup.
The rotation includes 2012 National League Cy Young Award winner R.A. Dickey, now of the Blue Jays, the Giants’ Ryan Vogelsong and Atlanta’s Kris Medlen, among others.
“I’m very confident in (U.S. manager Joe Torre) and the team,” Pestano said. “Chris and I both are pumped about it; we obviously have a great dynamic. I’m not sure how it’s going to play out with the opportunities to pitch, because we have a lot of great arms. But … it would be special if me and Chris in any given day were given the ball to shut it down like we do during the regular season.”
What always was certain was the Indians’ representatives’ desire to play.
“I like the event because I’m from the Dominican and it gives me a chance to play for my country,” said Santana, who hit 18 homers and drove in 76 runs in his second full season in the majors in 2012. “Talking with (fellow Dominicans) Robinson Cano (Yankees) and Melky Cabrera (Blue Jays), they were all going and told me that the WBC is a good event.”
Aviles, meanwhile, played for Puerto Rico in 2009 and is honored to again be donning the country’s uniform.
“I heard about it during the summer of last year, that it was a possibility, and I was open to it because I was excited to play in the last one, and it’s always an honor to put on a jersey of that caliber,” Aviles said. “I was just waiting to hear anything this offseason. … It’s just a matter of, I got the call, and it was made official, so I was pumped about it and excited, and I’m excited to put that jersey on again.”
Aviles was acquired from the Blue Jays in November along with Yan Gomes, who is the first Brazilian player to play in the major leagues and is considering playing for his home country in the WBC. Gomes is weighing playing against remaining at Spring Training with the Indians, in an effort to familiarize himself with his new organization and increase his chances of making the Indians’ Opening Day roster.
Meanwhile, the trade that brought the duo to Cleveland, along with playing in the WBC, has made for an interesting offseason for Aviles.
“I’m just pumped for the whole tournament and everything. I’ve got a lot of new stuff going on this year, between (playing for) Puerto Rico and (coming over to) the Indians, and I’m excited for this season just because there’s so much new, that I’m just excited for the upcoming season.”
Pestano, in interviews and on Twitter, made no bones about his desire to participate.
“I had heard from the end of the year that I had a chance to be on the team, but the list of possible players had to become a lot shorter,” Pestano said. “I didn’t know how I was going to fit in and the process was going down.”
The tournament starts with pool play – the U.S. is grouped in Pool D with Canada, Mexico and Italy — in Japan, Taiwan, Puerto Rico and Arizona from March 2-12. The next round, from March 8-16, will be in Tokyo and Miami, with the final portion set for March 17-19 at AT&T Park in San Francisco.
Japan has won both World Baseball Classics.
United States World Baseball Classic roster
Mark Teixeira, 1B, Yankees
Brandon Phillips, 2B, Reds
Jimmy Rollins, SS, Phillies
David Wright, 3B, Mets
Joe Mauer, C, Twins
Jonathan Lucroy, C, Brewers
J.P. Arencibia, C, Blue Jays
Ryan Braun, OF, Brewers
Adam Jones, OF, Orioles
Giancarlo Stanton, OF, Marlins
Shane Victorino, OF, Red Sox
Ben Zobrist, INF, Rays
Willie Bloomquist, INF, Diamondbacks
R.A. Dickey, SP, Blue Jays
Ryan Vogelsong, SP, Giants
Derek Holland, SP, Rangers
Kris Medlen, SP, Braves
Craig Kimbrel, RP, Braves
Heath Bell, RP, Diamondbacks
Chris Perez, RP, Indians
Vinnie Pestano, RP, Indians
Luke Gregerson, RP, Padres
Glen Perkins, RP, Twins
Steve Cishek, Marlins
Jeremy Affeldt, RP, Giants
Tim Collins, RP, Royals
Mitchell Boggs, RP, Cardinals
–TribeVibe contributors Joel Hammond and Max Lom
Ever wonder how an autographed or game-used item is deemed “authentic” by Major League Baseball and its clubs?
Well, for those in the market for such an item, there is a small sticker to look for on each item which guarantees its authenticity. Each club in MLB has a group of official Authenticators, whose job is to keep track of autographed and game-used items to confirm that they are genuine.
Linda Kaspar is one of four authenticators assigned to the Indians. One authenticator is required to be on hand at each game, and Kaspar rotates with her colleagues to split up the 81 home games.
“We have to be present,” she explained. “We have to witness everything that is either signed or comes off the field as it comes off the field to make sure that it’s valid, and the person signing it is the real person.”
Kaspar, like many of her co-workers, is a retired Cleveland Police Officer, and she has worked in this role with the Indians for the past five seasons.
“I happened to know somebody that was going for an interview for an authenticator [position], and they needed more people so I was asked to come to the interview and I got hired,” said Kaspar.
These authenticated items are often an important fundraising source for charity organizations that wish to raise money by selling similar items. Having the official sticker to mark an item’s legitimacy is an important way to protect both fans and the charity organizations.
Cleveland Indians Charities uses the money raised through a series of auctions to fund programs such as the Cleveland Metropolitan School District’s baseball and softball programs, as well as making a significant annual donation to the Boys and Girls Club of Cleveland.
Currently, there are several authenticated items available through the Indians official online auction, with proceeds from each benefiting CIC and its partner programs.
CLICK HERE to learn more about the current auction items.
CLEVELAND INDIANS (55-71, 4th, -15.5G) vs. NEW YORK YANKEES (73-53)
RHP Ubaldo Jimenez (9-12, 5.59) vs. RHP Freddy Garcia (7-5, 4.96)
First Pitch: 1:05 p.m. (ET)
TV: STO Radio: WTAM/Indians Radio Network
A HERO’S WELCOME: Today, Senator JOHN GLENN, an Ohio native and former NASA astronaut, will throw out a ceremonial first pitch to celebrate the 50th anniversary of his first space flight…Glenn, also the first American to orbit the Earth, is scheduled to meet with members of the media at noon in the Indians dugout…as part of the festivities, astronaut Mike Forman will sign autographs in the Indians Kids Clubhouse prior to today’s game and NASA-themed interactive activities will be available in the Progressive Field Mezzanine area throughout the afternoon.
SAVE IT: Indians closer CHRIS PEREZ recorded his 33rd save in last night’s win, now 3rd-most in the A.L. and 4th in the majors behind JIM JOHNSON (39), FERNANDO RODNEY (39) and JOEL HANRAHAN (34)…Perez has also saved 60.0% of Cleveland’s 55 wins in 2012, which is the highest such percentage by any closer in the majors…a special nod to MLB.com’s Jordan Bastian for the idea the led to this note.
THE COMFORTS OF CLEVELAND: Cleveland’s starting rotation has combined to post a 3.24 ERA (32 ER/89.0 IP) over the club’s last 15 games at Progressive Field since July 21, holding opponents to 3 earned runs-or-less in 13 of those 15 home games…staff has a 5-6 record in that 15-game span…Indians starters have a 3.85 ERA (160 ER/374.1 IP) in 61 home games overall this season, but a 6.39 ERA (252 ER/354.2 IP) in 65 road games.
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
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).
Indians All-Star closer Chris Perez gave a one-on-one pitching lesson to Indians fan James Taylor, Jr. on Tuesday. Taylor won the lesson through an Indians auction, which brought him and his family to Progressive Field to visit with Perez prior to the Indians game against Detroit.
Perez and Taylor started with long toss in centerfield as the two warmed up their arms. Perez taught him a game in which throws to the other’s chest are worth one point, and throws to the other’s face are worth two points.
After moving into the Indians bullpen, Perez offered Taylor advice on his two-seam fastball. Perez emphasized that even if you make a mistake with your fastball against one hitter, you can still throw it against the next guy. He said all pitches revolve around the fastball.
Perez walked Taylor through his mechanics and eventually taught him how to throw a curveball. Perez gave Taylor an easy way to remember how to throw the curveball. He said, “Thumb to the thigh, reach for the sky.”
With time and practice, Perez said, Taylor has a good chance at perfecting his curveball.
-Megan Golden, TribeVibe contributor