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The Twitter Mirror is back at #TribeSpring Training!

The @TwitterMirror was a huge hit at Tribe Fest, with player photos, Mascot Selfies, and more, with even Terry Francona and Mark Shapiro getting in on the fun! The mirror made its return to the Tribe at Spring Training in Goodyear, AZ on Monday and of course, shenanigans ensued.

Check out all of the hijinks and pearly whites — and a few new faces — in the photo gallery below!

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– TribeVibe contributor Courtney Shilling

Photo Gallery: Trucks leave for Goodyear!

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Two trucks were packed at Progressive Field today with a very important destination ahead: Goodyear, Ariz., and the Indians Spring Training Complex!

Andrews Moving and Storage, the official movers of the Cleveland Indians, along with Clubhouse Manager Tony Amato, Assistant Clubhouse Manager Marty Bokovitz and the rest of their crew, needed just a couple hours to load them up.

The trucks’ drivers will arrive in Goodyear early next week, with stops planned — dependent upon the weather — in St. Louis, Amarillo, Texas, New Mexico and finally in Arizona.

Read more about Ed Fisher, a Cleveland native who’s back for his seventh year of hauling the Tribe’s stuff, here.

–Photos by Austin Sosa

Tribe re-signs Matt Capps to Minor League contract

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The Cleveland Indians today announced the club has re-signed RHP MATT CAPPS to a Minor League contract with a non-roster invitation to Major League spring training camp.

Capps, 30, was signed by Cleveland last January 31 but was relegated to 7 spring training and 6 regular season relief appearances (AAA Columbus) before undergoing season-ending arthroscopic right shoulder surgery on June 5 in Delaware.

Capps owns an 8-year career Major League record of 29-33 with 138 saves and a 3.52 ERA in 444 relief appearances with Pittsburgh, Washington and Minnesota since debuting with the Pirates in 2005 (439.2IP, 439H, 172ER, 84BB, 319K). In 2012, Matt saved 14 of his 15 chances with the Minnesota Twins before being sidelined in the second half with shoulder inflammation.

Tribe GM to Fan Correspondent @ClevelandChick: ‘I’m comfortable with high expectations’

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Our Spring Training Fan Correspondent @ClevelandChick had the chance to sit down with Indians General Manager Chris Antonetti and throw a few questions from Twitter at the Tribe executive. There were so many great questions from you and responses from Chris that there will be two parts to the Q&A! Below is the first half of their transcribed interview from Goodyear.

ClevelandChick: What’s been the biggest surprise in Arizona so far? Who will make the final roster choices?

Chris Antonetti: In terms of surprises, I think Scott Kazmir has been one of our more pleasant surprises. Candidly, we weren’t quite sure what to expect from Scott just because he spent so much time away from the Major Leagues. To his credit, he’s worked exceptionally hard; went to independent ball last year to try to rework his delivery, went to winter ball this year, and has come to camp and has thrown the ball really well. He’s in a good spot.

In the end, it’s my responsibility to make those decisions, but it’s a very collaborative process. We’ll certainly take input of not only our scouts, but Terry and his staff. They’ll be a big part of it.

CC: What’s the whole process for choosing the final roster?

CA: It’s really a process that evolves throughout the spring. We spend a lot of time talking about the roster composition and different combinations of players to build out the team. As players play or pitch, we get additional information that helps us make those decisions. The last thing we want to have to do is react to injuries. So if guys aren’t available, that could impact how we put the roster together.

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Harlem Shake: Tribe Town 216 edition

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

The Harlem Shake has come to Goodyear

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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

Tribe welcomes Purple Heart recipients to Goodyear

Indians broadcasts Jim Rosenhaus (left) and Tom Hamilton (right) meet with Daniel "Doc" Jacobs, one of a group of military veterans who visited Goodyear on Sunday.

Indians broadcasters Jim Rosenhaus (left) and Tom Hamilton (right) meet with Daniel “Doc” Jacobs, one of a group of military veterans who visited Goodyear on Sunday.

The Indians hosted a group of about 20 United States Marines and Navy Corpsmen from Camp Pendleton and the Naval Regional Medical Center in San Diego, Calif., at their Spring Training complex in Goodyear Sunday. All of these servicemen were awarded the Purple Heart for injuries sustained in combat and included in the group was a triple amputee who threw out a first pitch in last year’s World Series. Their visit was coordinated through Strikeouts for Troops and Wounded Warrior Project.

Their visit included a tour of the training complex, batting practice on the field, lunch and an opportunity to meet Indians manager Terry Francona and players Jason Giambi, Michael Bourn and Nick Swisher. Swisher, a strong supporter of the Wounded Warrior Project, shared stories with the group about a recent visit he and his wife, Joanna, made to Afghanistan. The servicemen were also honored with a special ovation at Sunday afternoon’s game against the Texas Rangers.

“It is an honor for us to host such a special group here, more of an honor for us than it is for them I’m sure,” said Indians manager Terry Francona. “I hope they had a wonderful visit.”

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Among the group was Akron native Daniel “Doc” Jacobs, a Navy Corpsman who lost his left leg below the knee from combat injuries. A lifelong Tribe fan, he spent time at Tribe games at Cleveland Municipal Stadium as a kid and was excited for the opportunity to visit the complex, as well as optimistic for the  2013 season.

“Thank you to the Indians organization for having us. This is amazing,” Jacobs said. “I’m always grateful to the Indians regardless, but to have a bunch of wounded vets out here is amazing.

“We talked to Giambi, Swisher and the coach, Terry Francona.  Which, I’m glad he’s with the Tribe now! Hopefully this will be AL Central’s year for the Tribe.”

During the visit, Swisher presented Doc with a new Tribe hat to replace the old, “worn in” one he had been sporting.  It had become so worn in that it was the only hat he had when he participated in an open tryout with the Los Angeles Dodgers at Camelback Ranch on February 28. Not wanting to be disrespectful to the Dodgers for the invitation, he started it out hatless, but the trusty Indians cap was never far away.

“First I wasn’t wearing it because I didn’t want to intrude on the Dodgers and their invitation, but then I got six hours into the tryout and my face was sunburned, so I said ok, I’m going to go get the only hat that I carry around with me.”

He finished the tryout with Chief Wahoo firmly on his head.

Doc also had a chance to visit Tom Hamilton and Jim Rosenhaus in the radio booth during the fifth inning of Sunday’s game.  When he was in the hospital recovering from his injuries, he said listening to Tribe games on XM Radio kept him going – he even scheduled his surgeries around the Tribe’s game schedule. Hamilton and Rosenhaus were excited to have him, even asking him to tell the story about his recent Dodgers tryout on the air.

We want to thank all of these courageous veterans for their service and sacrifice. They are the true heroes and it was our honor to have them all at the ballpark.

–TribeVibe contributor Anne Keegan

Fan Correspondent @ClevelandChick hits the Arizona roads

The merry-go-round at the Royals' Spring Training home in Surprise, Ariz.

The merry-go-round at the Royals’ Spring Training home in Surprise, Ariz.

My Spring Training schedule is an easy one.

Get up, go to batting practice and catch a Tribe game. I follow the Tribe to their home field at Goodyear and all over the Cactus League. Fortunately, I was able to catch three away games this trip. Unfortunately, one got rained out.

Each ballpark tries to take on the feel of the home team. At Goodyear, there are pieces of Indians and Reds history along the walls — and Stadium Mustard at the concession stands, of course.

The San Francisco Giants play in Scottsdale at one of the largest ballparks. This ballpark was one of the most crowded on my trip. Maybe it was because the Giants have been in Scottsdale for 20 years, or maybe it was because the sun was shining or maybe it was the World Champion banners hanging everywhere. The day was fantastic, and people were everywhere. They had tables and chairs on the lawn area and I ended up meeting some Giants fans originally from Lakewood.

My next away game was to see the Indians and Kansas City Royals. The Royals share Surprise Stadium in Surprise with the Texas Rangers, and the place has a merry-go-round on the grounds! It was raining when I was there, so I didn’t get to see it in motion. Bummer. But, the park has a baseball cut into the outfield, which looks great from the stands.  I may have to talk to the Indians front office about that one. The thing that surprised me the most, outside of the rain, was the batting cages that you could walk directly up to. The Rangers were batting and it was fun to watch for a bit, especially since it was covered. The game was called after a few innings due to the weather, but the grounds crew got loud cheers from the crowd each time they ran out.

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The Chicago Cubs have played in Mesa at Hohokam Stadium since 1952 and you can tell. The best way to describe the stadium is to call it little Wrigley Field. Even though the weather was cold and crummy, there were tailgaters everywhere. Parking was tough to come by and scalpers were selling tickets on the street. When you walk into the stadium, there is no question that the Cubs play there, as evidenced by the team shop being called the Cubby Hole to the completely Cubbed-out vendor hawking Old Style. It was well worth the trip to see the Indians destroy the Cubs. (The Cubs, coincidentally, will leave Hohokam in 2014 for a new stadium, while the A’s will move in.)

If you come out to Spring Training, the Cactus League teams are in close proximity to each other, making it an hour or less to each park. There is no excuse not to follow the team.

I have a few more days in town, and a few more autographs to get so until next blog post, have a great day!

–TribeVibe Fan Correspondent Traci (@ClevelandChick)

Cleveland native Traci Christler, who blogs independently at http://www.HappinessIsaHotPierogi.com, is in Goodyear this spring and writing about the Indians for TribeVibe. The Indians are not compensating her for her coverage, nor did they fund her travel. For her first two blog entries from Goodyear, click here and here.

Indians/Reds Celebrity Golf Classic proceeds jump 50%

Slider gives Indians second baseman Jason Kipnis some pointers. (Dan Mendlik photo)

Slider gives Indians second baseman Jason Kipnis some pointers. (Dan Mendlik photo)

The third annual Indians/Reds Celebrity Golf Classic raised $21,586.40, a jump of about $7,000 over last year’s tournament in Goodyear, Ariz.

The money benefits the H.O.P.E. Team nonprofit organization, which serves the patients and families of Cancer Treatment Centers of America, a national network of fully accredited cancer hospitals, including one in Phoenix.

H.O.P.E. Team Manager Scott Wellman said the proceeds will help families experience an Arizona trail ride and a trip to see holiday lights in December. The money also will fund the purchase of inspirational books for families.

The tournament, held Feb. 21, was the third annual played by the Indians and Reds, Spring Training neighbors at Goodyear Ballpark in Goodyear, Arizona. The festivities included longest drive and closest to the pin awards, along with prizes for the groups with the all-around lowest scores. A team featuring Indians lefty Scott Barnes won the overall top prize, while new Tribe reliever Bryan Shaw won — and donated back to charity — the 50/50 poker hand. Silent and live auctions along with various raffles also were conducted.

Silent and live auctions along with various raffles also were conducted.

Tournament participants check in.

Tournament participants check in.

–TribeVibe contributor Joel Hammond

Day 2 in Goodyear another great one for Fan Correspondent @ClevelandChick

There are two types of days at Indians Spring Training — good days and great days.

Yesterday, my friends, was a great day. It was the first full day in Arizona and we started it off right by heading to batting practice first thing in the morning. I was at the field 10 minutes when Cord Phelps came up to me and asked if I wanted his bat. My answer was a squeaky little “yes, please.” Awesome. The Indians have bleacher seats set up for those who want to watch practice and a fence to hang on for those who want to snag an autograph. I spent most of the morning on the fence waiting for Jason Kipnis and Matt LaPorta.

In my last post I mentioned how important it is to say hello to people. At batting practice, I would suggest the same. While hanging on the fence, sharpie and baseball cards in hand, I met some great people. An older gentleman that has been in Arizona 15 years and became a Tribe fan five years ago when the team moved Spring Training to Goodyear. The man had never been to Cleveland but loved the team just from seeing them at the park. I met a family with photos and cards split among mom, dad and an aunt to send back to a man cave in Parma. One proud grandma had a picture of her three grandchildren, all in Tribe jerseys, for the team to sign. There was a little good-natured ribbing from some Reds fans about Choo and Hannahan (that made me tear up a little). Justin Masterson came by and signed for everyone and chatted with fans. And much to my excitement, Mike Hargrove came over to sign my slightly bent card. It pays to say please, kids. I can’t forget to mention that Cleveland comedic son Mike Polk Jr. was there and I talked to him for a couple of minutes as well.

After practice, my friend and I went straight to the game, which is right down the street. A fan note here: Some players walk back to the practice facility from the game in case you want to take a walk as well. Goodyear Ballpark is, in my opinion, the jewel of the Cactus League. The park is fan-friendly with a mini field for kids to play catch and run the bases. There isn’t a bad seat in the house. The most important thing is how friendly everyone is. From the guy selling hot dogs to the ushers, everyone has a smile to greet you. The ushers also know that there are fans from all over the country (and continent with the World Baseball Classic going on) and it may be the only time someone can get up close and personal with their favorite players. I took a lot of fantastic pictures by simply asking an usher if I could go to the front row and take a picture. I have never been turned down.

The overall vibe at Goodyear is laid back and relaxed. The players are easy going and the fans are fun.

We ended our awesome day, a little sunburned, in Tempe for dinner.

Today is a new day, and I can’t wait to see what happens!

–TribeVibe Fan Correspondent Traci (@ClevelandChick)

Cleveland native Traci Christler, who blogs independently at http://www.HappinessIsaHotPierogi.com, is in Goodyear this spring and writing about the Indians for TribeVibe. The Indians are not compensating her for her coverage, nor did they fund her travel.

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