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Cleveland Indians chef Josh Ingraham advances to final round of Avocado Madness competition in San Diego


Last month, we covered our chefs, Josh Ingraham and Andy Johnson — who were participating in the Chef’s Roll Avocado Madness competition — where, at the time of our first story, they had advanced to the Elite Eight round of the competition. You can see that story here.

Well, as March has come and gone, the Avocado Madness competition is still in full swing, with the final round of competition happening TONIGHT in San Diego. And, you guessed it — our own Josh Ingraham has made it to the final round.

Josh Ingraham wowed the judges with his filet tartate, a deconstructed burger, and beat out stiff competition (there were 64 total chefs enrolled at the start of this!) to make his way to the final round.

He will face Ashleigh Fleming Scherman, the Executive Chef of the Carolina Club at UNC, in front of a live audience and celebrated judging panel this afternoon in San Diego.

You can watch the competition LIVE on their Facebook page, starting at 7:30PM ET HERE.

Cleveland Indians, BVU team up for volunteer challenge, this year featuring #ServiceWithSlider


Indians mascot Slider pitches in this year as individuals can earn Tribe tickets for volunteering with local nonprofits

The Cleveland Indians and BVU: The Center for Nonprofit Excellence again will partner on the Indians Volunteer Challenge, which will provide those who volunteer in the Northeast Ohio community with tickets to select Indians games.

In the six years the Indians and BVU have partnered on the challenge, nearly 35,000 volunteers have performed over 228,000 hours of service in Northeast Ohio; that amounts to the equivalent of $5.17 million worth of service to local nonprofits.

“We remain committed to our community, and through the Indians Volunteer Challenge, our organization and BVU are able to positively impact the many outstanding local nonprofits in the Cleveland area,” said Indians Executive Director of Community Impact Rebecca Kodysh.

New this year the Indians and BVU present the campaign #ServiceWithSlider, as Indians Mascot Slider will be appearing at various volunteer events this summer (including Fields for the Future on May 12 and BVU Summer of Service on June 10).  Volunteers are encouraged to use the hashtag #ServiceWithSlider at volunteer events to engage with Slider on social media and be entered to win a chance to participate as an Indians #TribeLive fan of the game September 22 at Progressive Field.

Volunteers can register for the challenge at, and search for opportunities with local nonprofits. Volunteers can log hours at the same site, and once they reach four hours, they will receive instructions to obtain their Indians tickets.

Volunteers will receive two Upper Box tickets to select games (view dates at during the 2016 regular season.

Additionally, the Indians and BVU will honor one adult and one youth (18 and under) as Indians Volunteer of the Year recipients; those individuals will receive awards for logging the most hours between April 11 and August 31. The winners will be honored before the September 22 Indians game vs. Kansas City in a special pregame ceremony, receive complimentary Field Box tickets, and throw out ceremonial first pitches before the game that evening.

Corey, Amanda Kluber team with Cleveland Clinic Children’s on Kluber’s Kids program


Corey Kluber and his wife, Amanda, have teamed with Cleveland Clinic Children’s Hospital on a new program called “Kluber’s Kids” — the first installment of which took place before Wednesday’s game!

Each Wednesday home game, we will host a child from one of our hospital partners for our “Kluber’s Kids” program. The guest will be able to watch batting practice from a VIP location in front of the dugout, potentially tour the clubhouse, and meet players.


A lifelong Cleveland Indians fan, nothing will stop 93-year-old Virginia Rhoades from rooting on her Tribe


Virginia Rhoades (far right) poses with her grandchildren while taking in her first Tribe game of 2016 from the center field bullpen seats.

A daunting forecast and the possibility of some rain wasn’t going to stop 93-year-old Virginia Rhoades from making the two and a half hour trek from Bryan, Ohio to Progressive Field to catch her first Tribe game.

To clarify, this was certainly not her first Tribe game ever — just of 2016, because, you see, Virginia has been an Indians fan just about her entire life.

At 93, she’s watched the likes of Feller, Omar and Thome come through Cleveland — and without skipping a beat, when asked about her favorite memory as a fan?

“Oh, it would have to be listening to the 1948 World Series on the radio,” she said.

Rhoades’ grandson, Tristan, posted this photo to his Twitter account about 2:30 PM yesterday, when the whole entourage of children and grandchildren accompanied Virginia to the Tribe’s 7-6 victory over the Red Sox Wednesday night.


Tristan recalls his grandmother taking he and his siblings on the bus to catch games at the ballpark, and he’ll always keep those memories as some of his fondest.

“She’s always been a huge fan,” he said, “my grandmother is the the one who got me into baseball.”

A bond that has kept them going.

Just last Sunday, Virginia said Tristan wore a Tribe jacket to church, and one of the ushers commented to Virginia how it must be her favorite jacket.

“That’s how many people know how much I love the Indians,” she said.

Just by sitting and talking to her, you’d never know Virginia Rhoades is 93. She’s unbelievably sharp, and would be willing to talk Cleveland Indians baseball with you all day if she could.

When asked her favorite player, it was a no-brainer.

“I just love Jason Kipnis,” she said, “but that Francisco Lindor, he’s going to be something else.”

And her favorite former player?

Well, that one was a bit tougher.

“Oh, you’re putting me on the spot. There are too many to choose from,” she said.

But after just a few minutes of mulling over all the historical greats she’d watched play, she had an answer.

“It would have to be Omar. We have a dog named Omar!”

When talking to Virginia, the one thing you couldn’t miss was her constant smile. The smile of a lifelong fan, surrounded by her closest family, while watching the team she’s always loved snag their first victory of the season.

And one thing is for certain, an Indians victory never gets old… even when you’re 93.

-TribeVibe contributor Missy Perez

PHOTO GALLERY: Cleveland Indians beat Boston Red Sox on Mike Napoli’s late homer

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The Indians beat the Red Sox, 7-6, on Wednesday night, to earn the club’s first victory of the 2016 season.

The Tribe took a 4-0 lead in the first on a Jason Kipnis RBI double and a Carlos Santana three-run homer. After Boston regained the lead with a four-run sixth, Juan Uribe managed a sac fly in the sixth before Mike Napoli’s solo shot in the seventh, which proved to be the game-winner.

Zach McAllister, Bryan Shaw and Cody Allen combined to throw 3.2 scoreless innings to seal the victory.

–Photos by Dan Mendlik and Maureen MacGregor

Cleveland Indians and Cleveland Clinic celebrate the birth of this year’s Opening Day Baby: Hazel

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Today, in conjunction with Cleveland Clinic Children’s, we introduced this year’s Opening Day Baby — the first baby born at Cleveland Clinic during the Tribe season.

Daniel and Melissa Ingrham are pictured here with Hazel, our 2016 Opening Day Baby!

Hazel and her parents will receive baseball-themed goodies from the hospital in celebration of her birth.

-Photos by Maureen MacGregor

Behind the scenes on Indians rookie Tyler Naquin’s major league debut


Tyler Naquin shakes Manager Terry Francona’s hand before heading out to take the field on Opening Day.

While this year’s #TribeOpener was definitely a different Opening Day than many had planned, it was still a very special moment for Tribe Rookie OF Tyler Naquin.

Coming off of a scorching spring, Naquin was informed toward the end of it that he would be making his major league debut with the Indians — as he was officially a part of the Opening Day roster.‘s Zack Meisel writes about the emotional and exciting journey for the Naquin family from the moment Tyler was notified he had been invited to “The Show”, through his first major league at-bat in yesterday’s 6-2 loss to Boston.


From Meisel’s story:

“It’s like you dream of it for so long,” Tyler said,

“and it finally happens and you’re lost in the moment,

and you get out of it and you’re like, ‘That just happened.'”

His family watched from their seats behind the third-base side of home plate.

“It was awesome,” Zac said. “He was one, big smile.”

Even Tyler knew he couldn’t stop beaming.

“The whole time,” he said. “I don’t know. Not many words.

Unless you do it yourself, it’s hard to explain. It’s just surreal.”


Tyler’s first at-bat came as a pinch hitter in the 7th, as he strolled to the plate for the first time to raucous applause, and even a “Let’s Go, Tyler!” chant bellowing throughout Progressive Field.

He struck out on three pitches, but is more than ready to get things started as a young outfielder for the Tribe.

As Zack Meisel quotes him in the final line of his story:

“I was a little anxious,” he said. “But now it’s time to go to work.”

To read Zack’s whole account on Naquin’s #TribeOpener journey, click here.

-TribeVibe Contributor Missy Perez

PHOTO GALLERY: Cleveland Indians #TribeOpener at Progressive Field

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The Cleveland Indians fell, 6-2, in the club’s rescheduled Home Opener at Progressive Field on Tuesday.

Yan Gomes and Marlon Byrd drove in runs, but Boston took a 4-2 lead in the sixth and put it away on David Ortiz’s two-run homer in the ninth.

–Photos by Dan Mendlik and Maureen MacGregor

PHOTO GALLERY: Cleveland Indians workout prior to Monday’s #TribeOpener at Progressive Field

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The Tribe, back home from Spring Training and two exhibition games in Texas, took part in workouts at a cold Progressive Field on Sunday afternoon.

And the guys seem to be loose.

–Photos by Dan Mendlik

Cleveland Indians, FirstEnergy extend partnership, including green energy pact


Indians will purchase Green-e Certified wind energy from FirstEnergy

Cleveland, OH –The Cleveland Indians and Akron-based FirstEnergy have extended the companies’ partnership, including a unique green energy pact through which the Tribe will purchase green power to fuel Progressive Field.

The Indians are purchasing 100% Green-e Certified wind energy from FirstEnergy, power that comes from wind farms across the country. Green-e Energy is widely recognized as the nation’s leading certification and verification program for renewable energy and greenhouse gas emission reduction products.

The switch to this green energy will significantly reduce the carbon footprint at the ballpark, with the Indians each season using enough electricity to power every home in Lakewood for one month.

“With this wind power purchase, the Cleveland Indians join a small but elite group of professional teams with stadiums powered by 100% green energy,” said Dennis Chack, FirstEnergy’s Senior Vice President, Marketing and Branding. “Our agreement with the Indians not only underscores our long-standing partnership with this Cleveland institution, it also reinforces our long history of supporting the environment and investing in clean energy.”

As part of the project, Heritage Plaza – the newly renovated entryway at the Right Field Gate – will now be known as Heritage Plaza presented by FirstEnergy. The plaza is the cornerstone of the Right Field District, and is home to the redesigned bullpens, new historical elements and various events throughout the season.

“We’re very excited to extend our partnership with a company with such strong local ties, and by doing so help the environment,” said Indians Senior Vice President of Public Affairs Bob DiBiasio, “We’re committed to sustainability and reducing our carbon footprint, and this is another step in doing so.”


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