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SAVE THE DATE: Annual Season Ticket Holder Event takes place Sunday, August 3

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The Indians will be hosting the annual Season Ticket Holder party at Progressive Field on the afternoon of Sunday, August 3, after the Indians game against the Texas Rangers.

The event will begin approximately 30 minutes after the conclusion of that afternoon’s game. Please note that ticket exchanges for the August 3 game will be POINT-FREE on TribeRewards.com, and any previous exchanges into that game will be refunded in Tribe Rewards.

More details will be announced soon, and RSVP’s will be available through TribeRewards.com in the near future.

 

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Photo Gallery: Batting Practice, July 11 vs. White Sox

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Another beautiful day in Cleveland.

–Photos by David Cleveland

National Guard Staff Sgt. riding in VeloSano to support hometown, charity

Jenn Woods (left) and fellow VeloSano participant Amanda Ptacek

Jenn Woods (left) and fellow VeloSano participant Amanda Ptacek

When Jenn Woods stumbled upon the chance to sport a bike jersey designed by former Tribe catcher Sandy Alomar, she knew she had to participate in VeloSano, the inaugural edition of which is July 19-20.

Developed by Cleveland Clinic, VeloSano will raise money for cancer research, with every cent going toward research.

A Staff Sergeant in the Ohio Army National Guard, Woods was ready for the challenge presented to her. Woods has been in the military for more than 13 years and has been deployed four times as she has supported operations Iraqi Freedom, Enduring Freedom, New Dawn and Noble Eagle. She said she has spent time in 15 different countries.

Her two jobs while she is deployed include being a mechanic (her specialty) and being a soldier — and thinks she can handle the 25-mile VeloSano ride.

“I’d have to say that I’m not in the best shape I have ever been in right now; basic training probably had me there, but I am working back up to it,” Woods said. “Being a soldier means being ready for anything at any time, so we are provided with a good amount of time to keep our bodies ready.

“I ran my first half marathon on my last deployment in the middle of the desert, and it was probably the hardest workout that I’ve ever had. 13.1 miles in about 120-degree weather is just crazy when you think about it, but I’d probably do it again if I had the chance.”

Within the past nine years, Woods has worked on receiving her bachelor’s degree in engineering from Cleveland State University. Woods, who once worked in ballpark security at Progressive Field, is expected to graduate from CSU next spring.

A native of Westlake, Ohio, Woods has vivid memories of cheering on the Tribe in 1995. Her love of the Indians combined with her desire to stay in shape brought two of her favorite passions together when she originally found out about the first annual VeloSano bike for a cure.

“I love to do events around Cleveland that support different charities and organizations,” she said. “It all started because the military does 5K runs and other events for different holidays and if you participated, you would get a t-shirt. I always have been a sucker for the swag.”

Woods remembers watching the 1995 World Series in her red, white and blue Indians gear as a kid.

“My mom let me and my brother stay up and watch the games,” Woods said. “We were so tired the next day and so upset over the loss that she let us skip school. If you knew my mother, you would understand what a big deal that was.”

To join Woods and other Indians fans in their fight against cancer – and to get an Indians VeloSano jersey — please visit Indians.com for more information.

–TribeVibe contributor Megan Golden

Indians Wives Association prepares meal for families at Ronald McDonald House

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Several members of the Cleveland Indians Wives’ Association took time out of their day on Thursday to cook lunch for families at the Ronald McDonald House in Cleveland.

(And don’t worry: The wives took a few quick breaks to #VoteKluber, too, as Tribe pitcher Corey Kluber was in the running for the final spot on the AL All-Star team.)

The 55 families currently living at the Ronald McDonald House – which supports the families while a loved one is undergoing treatment — enjoyed a buffet-style lunch of pasta and meatballs, salad and rolls, donated by Delaware North Companies. Residents raved about the chocolate chip cookies the wives baked to perfection—some soft and some a little well-done.

In the middle of their visit, one special resident, 6-year-old Yan Perez, ran into Jenna Gomes. Little Yan represented the Ronald McDonald House to threw out the ceremonial first pitch on Sunday, when he was able to meet his favorite player, Yan Gomes. (For more details, click here.)

His two worlds collided on Thursday, as he was relaxing in his home away from home and talking baseball with Jenna.

For more information or to support families staying at the Ronald McDonald House of Cleveland, please visit http://www.rmhcleveland.org/.

–TribeVibe contributor Megan Golden

 

 

Michael Brantley having incredibly productive first half

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So, Michael Brantley is having an incredible season — and seems to be getting better. To wit:

Brantley finished Thursday night’s game 2-4 with a run scored and 2 RBI to extend his current hit streak to 7 straight games; over the course of the streak, Brantley is batting .484 (15-31)…Brantley’s 15 hits marks a career high for a 7-game span.

Earlier this week, Brantley logged his second straight five-game streak with multiple hits of 2014; he’s the first Tribe player to accomplish that feat since Omar Vizquel in 1999.

Brantley is currently T-4 in the American League in batting (.327). Other Brantley AL ranks:

  • T-1 in outfield assists (10, Bradley Jr., Cespedes)
  • 8th in RBI (62)
  • 9th in OPS (.911)

Brantley has hit safely in 21 of his last 26 games (.396, 40-101, 15 multi-hit games).

Photo Gallery: Perez, Dickerson, Cabrera, Kipnis, Brantley lead late Thursday comeback

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You may have picked up that we love to show off our photographers’ work. Baseball, especially a great win in front of a large, rowdy crowd, lends itself to great shots — but our guys are fantastic.

And they outdid themselves last night.

–Photos by Dan Mendlik and David Cleveland

MISSION SWISHER: Indians 1B to host Charity Event in Cleveland

 

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Indians first baseman/designated hitter Nick Swisher announced that he and his wife JoAnna will be hosting their first charity event in Cleveland on Monday, July 28th. The event, MISSION SWISHER, is a scavenger hunt that will take place at Progressive Field from 4:00-8:00 p.m where 15 teams will be after an ultimate prize.

“This event is going to be so much fun for people of all ages.” said Swisher. “It gives everyone a chance to experience the ballpark in a whole new way and hopefully raise a lot of money for a great cause. We’re blessed to have the opportunity and can’t wait to get our hands dirty.”

Each team will consist of eight contestants paired with a celebrity guest. Several Cleveland area athletes and entertainers are expected to be in attendance. For every clue that is found, each team will receive a certain number of points. The team that receives the most amount of points in the shortest possible time will win.

Immediately following the event will be an after party in The Collection Auto Club with food, drinks, an awards ceremony and silent auction. MISSION SWISHER is family friendly and welcome to all ages!

All proceeds will benefit The Swisher Family Foundation,501 (c)(3) non-profit organization designed to help all children in need with vital medical care, education and recreational activities. The Foundation also supports essential programs that will make a difference in a child’s life, while also helping to raise self-esteem to help create a bright future for children.

 For more information, please contact Kimberly Crossett at MVP Sports Group: kimberlyc@mvpsportsgroup.com or at 310-525-3755.

8-year-old Stevie Siekaniec steals the show on Tuesday night

Michael Brantley homered and drove in 3 runs and Nick Swisher hit a go-ahead two-run homer.

But Stevie Siekaniec drew a big ovation on Tuesday as well, for this catch:

Stevie, with his dad, Dave, and some friends, made the slick play on a foul ball by Ichiro. When asked what he thought when he saw the ball coming his way, he said, “I was thinking that I was going to catch it.”

The Siekaniecs, from Eastlake, probably had an interesting ride home: Dad said in his 35 years or so of coming to the ballpark – first Cleveland Municipal Stadium, then Jacobs Field and now Progressive Field – he’s never caught one.

Stevie’s had good training, though: He’s a baseball player, and wears No. 41, for Carlos Santana.

–TribeVibe contributor Joel Hammond

Real #KluberFacts: Why Corey Kluber deserves to be on the AL All-Star team

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We’ve had some fun with Corey Kluber and the #VoteKluber thing this week; to recap, click these links to follow viral photos of our fun:

But since Kluber is a straight shooter, it’s time for some real Kluber Facts: Corey is the most deserving of the five Final Vote candidates, and here’s why:

His 137 strikeouts are fifth-most in the Majors, and are by far the most among AL Final Vote candidates. Among final vote candidates, he also has the most starts and innings pitched, and his strikeout-per-9 ratio just barely trails that of Chris Sale, who has missed time with an injury (9.9 to 9.8).

He had another masterful start on Sunday, in which he allowed only 4 hits – 2 of which were infield hits. More from Sunday:

  • Against Kansas City at home this season, Kluber is 2-0 with 21 strikeouts and 1 walk in 17.1 innings.
  • Sunday was the third time this season Kluber recorded at least 10 strikeouts and yielded one walk in a start – Kluber is only the 8th pitcher in club history to accomplish that feat since 1914.

Kluber also had an historic month of May, and probably should have been named AL Pitcher of the Month in May. (New York’s Masahiro Tanaka won the award.)

In May, Kluber logged a 4-0 record, 2.09 ERA, and 60 strikeouts against just 8 walks. To put that into historic perspective:

  • The 60 strikeouts were the most in a month by a Tribe pitcher since Dennis Eckersley in 1976
  • Kluber is only the 5th Indians pitcher since 1914 to strike out 60 batters in one month
  • Kluber is only the second pitcher to record 60 or more strikeouts in one month in the last 10 years (Yu Darvish is the other)
  • Kluber’s stretch of six starts (5/4-5/30) with at least 8 strikeouts was the longest by an Indians RHP since Bob Feller in 1946

He’s also been a victim of some bad luck: In three of his losses, he’s allowed three or fewer runs, and he’s given up two or fewer in each of his last two losses. In his losses overall, the Indians have averaged only 2.3 runs per game.

Santana continues to be touched by support from Niko, the home run kid from 2013

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Following Sunday’s matinee against the Royals at Progressive Field, Indians catcher Carlos Santana realized the home run he had hit was not just any ordinary home run. Prior to the game, Tribe fan Niko Lanzarotta had requested that Santana hit a home run for him, and Santana delivered.

You might remember Niko; he visited Progressive Field on August 24, 2013, for batting practice and an Indians game through Tribe Rewards. Before the game, Niko met Santana — his favorite Tribe player — and infielder Jason Kipnis and asked each of them to hit a home run for him. They did. (Niko then returned on Sept. 7, as the people who caught those home run balls gave them to Niko. Pretty cool.)

This time around, Niko — who has cerebral palsy — arrived early to Progressive Field with his parents. Niko’s mother, Kasia, called Santana over to the stands while he was stretching. Just like last year, Niko’s only request for the first baseman was for him to hit a home run. And he did.

Santana said he was willing to make the promise with Niko under one condition.

“He called my name and I went over there,” Santana said. “He said, ‘I want you to hit a home run.’ And I said, ‘The only way I will hit a home run is if you give me a hug.’ He gave me a hug — really tight.”

This time, the home run came in the form of a solo home run to right field that gave the Indians an early 1-0 lead in the second inning.

Santana said he never thought about his interaction with Niko during the game.

“I didn’t think about it [at the plate]. I thought about it after the game,” Santana said. “God heard him or heard me about his situation. I always try to play my game and help my team win; God heard Niko.”

Although he might not think about Niko at the plate, he is definitely appreciative of his support.

“He is motivation because I know he has [cerebral palsy], and it makes it exciting for me [to make him happy],” Santana said. “I am very proud of Niko.

Santana’s message to Niko?

“Keep being strong. Keep respecting Mom and Dad,” he said. “I’m very happy that he is my No. 1 fan.”

–TribeVibe contributor Megan Golden

 

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