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Shirtless Cleveland Indians fan an instant Internet celebrity

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So on Wednesday afternoon, it was hot at Progressive Field — 90 degrees and humid. So you can understand how fans might want to try to find ways to cool down.

One fan in particular was easily identifiable in his search for relief from the heat: The fan pictured above, who made it on to the SportsTime Ohio telecast of the game due to his seat — in the dugout suite behind the plate, caught by the TV cameras throughout the game.

When our photographer, Dan Mendlik, caught a shot of the gentleman, we Tweeted:

But, we thought: We had to no more, and we thought we owed it to our fans to tell this man’s — this LEGEND’s — story.

His name is Matt, but jokingly said he didn’t want to give us his last name because his boss might find out. (Too late, we told him — he was already an Internet superstar.) He and his friends were at the ballpark for his pal Mark’s bachelor party; Mark is getting married this weekend.

The crew came down from Toronto, and Matt said he’d been a fan of Cleveland for many years, and the town’s sports teams. He and his buddies rented a dugout suite for Mark’s big bash, and the group was headed back to Canada on Thursday.

After the game, we took the crew on the field for another picture.

Chances are Matt will be a bit more famous after his brush with Internet fame. Good on ya, Matt. –TribeVibe contributor Joel Hammond

Cleveland Indians shortstop Francisco Lindor’s first homer turns out to be a nice gesture

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Francisco Lindor came to bat against Buck Farmer in the fifth inning in a close 3-0 ballgame. Out in section 103 sat a young man by the name of Kyle Armbrecht, hailing from Streetsboro High School. Little did the two know that by the second pitch into the at-bat, they would be forever connected.

Lindor took a hack at Farmer’s 1-0 fastball and deposited his first Major League home run into the stands. In a day where milestone baseballs are either being held for ransom, or held for moral publicity, Kyle had no thoughts about that. He graciously was willing to give the ball back to Lindor: “It’s (his ball), not mine,” he said.

Kyle didn’t catch the ball on the fly, but managed to corral it after the people in front of him whiffed on the catch.

“It just kind of hit the people in front of me then bounced off the chair and I got it,” he said. A humble statement from a humble kid who actually was there via free tickets: Kyle is a pretty good baseball player in his own right, and was able to come to the game because he won the tickets for being named his high school’s team MVP.

Armbrecht claims his favorite player is Corey Kluber, who was also gracious enough to give a signed ball; but maybe after a Lindor home run this favorite player may change.

-TribeVibe Contributor, Ryan Delgado

Yahoo’s Jeff Passan: ‘Why Cleveland has the best — and most futuristic — rotation in baseball’

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Yahoo! baseball writer Jeff Passan writes this week about the Tribe’s starting rotation, and how the front office’s approach is helping shape the group’s present and its future. An excerpt:

With Corey Kluber, Carlos Carrasco, Danny Salazar and Trevor Bauer, who starts Thursday night in a series-wrapping game against Kansas City, the Indians have four of the most desirable – and rarest – commodities in baseball: hard-throwing, strikeout-producing, young, under-control starting pitchers. The single most misleading statistic of the 2015 season is the ERA of Indians starting pitchers.

It’s what makes the next half-decade so exciting for Cleveland: Not only are Kluber, Carrasco, Salazar and Bauer under team control through the end of the 2020 season, they recognize that what Greg Maddux, Tom Glavine and John Smoltz were to the 1990s, and Barry Zito, Tim Hudson and Mark Mulder were to the 2000s, they can be to the 2010s.

Click here for the entire story.

Corey Kluber becomes the first MLB pitcher to reach #whiff in 2015

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We know Corey Kluber is a bona fide ace. We also know he has some of the nastiest stuff in baseball, and yet he still continues to impress us. Last night in KC, Kluber became the first Major League pitcher to reach 100 strikeouts for the season. With his 0-2 cutter to Drew Butera, Kluber notched his 100th K. Klubes immediately took a slight turn around the mound in his nonchalant fashion and proceeded to strike out the next batter. Would you expect anything else?

Although Kluber took the loss, he was credited with a complete game effort. After a rocky start, Kluber has come around recently and is striking out batters at an incredible rate. Check out his highlight reel from last night, 6/3:

Here are some numbers & facts for Kluber’s recent efforts:

+ Quickest Indians pitcher to 100 punchouts since Sam McDowell did it in 12 starts in 1970

+ 11.27 SO/9IP (5th in MLB)

+ 7.38 SO/BB Ratio (5th in MLB)

+ 31.2 Swing & Miss % (4th in MLB)

+ Since 2014 Kluber leads MLB in K’s with 365

-TribeVibe Contributor, Ryan Delgado

Manage tickets via Ballpark app to skip the lines at Cleveland Indians Progressive Field

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Saturday’s 4:10PM game against the Orioles also features Corey Kluber bobblehead day, and surely there will be long lines at the gates.

Want to skip the lines? Easy: Use MLB.com’s Ballpark app to manage your tickets, and enter our Mobile-only gate!

For Saturday and any other game at Progressive Field, those fans using Ballpark to manage their tickets on their mobile device can skip the lines at the new Right Field Gate and enter at our new Mobile-only gate.

Why? The Indians are encouraging all fans to experience the ease and convenience of using the app to manage their tickets, plus all the other great features of the app – check-in offers (and cool stuff) from our partners including KeyBank, and much more.

So, download the app now, link your accounts and be ready to skip the line and use the Mobile-only gate at the Right Field Gate on Saturday and the rest of the season!

Here’s a tutorial on ticket management through the app:

Tribe players embrace Cavs’ playoff run; Nick Swisher pumps up crowd

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Cleveland Indians players are embracing the Cleveland Cavaliers’ playoff run.

Corey Kluber, Lonnie Chisenhall, Nick Swisher and more took in Sunday night’s Game 3 win over the Hawks — though they’ll be a bit busy Tuesday night as the Rangers are in town.

Swisher even served as an in-arena host of sorts, pumping up the Quicken Loans Arena crowd between the first and second quarters: WATCH.

PHOTO GALLERY: Indians rally for six-run inning, beat Jays to split series

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–Photos by Dan Mendlik and Sarah Sachs

PHOTO GALLERY: Indians vs. Blue Jays Batting Practice, April 30

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–Photos by Sarah Sachs

Is Corey Kluber going to add an Oscar to his Cy Young?

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Corey Kluber won the Cy Young Award in November, but he’s making a strong run at another prestigious award: An Academy Award.

Kluber has shown quite the acting chops over the past 9 months or so. In chronological order:

COREY KLUBER AS RUST COHLE IN HBO’S “TRUE DETECTIVE”:

COREY KLUBER: GROUNDSKEEPER?

COREY KLUBER: TEAM MOM?

Cavs center Timofey Mozgov throws the ceremonial first pitch at Tuesday’s game

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Cleveland Cavaliers Center Timofey Mozgov made his way across Gateway Plaza Tuesday night to throw the ceremonial first pitch at Progressive Field.

Mozgov, who is originally from St. Petersburg, Russia, joined the Cavs in early January and is now their starting center and key member of the team’s playoff chances. Monday’s Indians vs. White Sox game was just the second baseball game that he has attended, and the first time he has thrown out a ceremonial pitch.

“It’s my first one [first pitch] ever,” said Mozgov. “I practiced a little bit upstairs, but they told me it isn’t that bad.”

Mozgov wasn’t bad at all and after his few warmup throws in the Indians batting cages, he threw a perfect changeup to “catcher” Corey Kluber.

Watching from the warning track were Mozgov’s parents, who were in Cleveland to see their family and catch Timo’s last few regular season games at the Q. Tomorrow, the Cavs will take on the Wizards in their final regular season game before making a playoff run.

“Tomorrow will be a good game for us to get some repetition before the playoffs,” Mozgov said. “I think we are ready.”

 

–TribeVibe contributor Angela Martin/Photos by Dan Mendlik and Sarah Sachs

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