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Sign petition for Bob Feller to receive Presidential Medal of Freedom

feller“If the game proved anything it proved that we must win this war so that we may be able to continue to play and to see baseball games, instead of learning how to do the goose step.”

-Cleveland Plain Dealer, July 8, 1942

Preparing to pitch at Cleveland Municipal Stadium, Bob Feller buttoned up his uniform. For the first time during his professional career, Feller donned a uniform that was not a Cleveland issued garment. As a member of the US Navy, Feller and a group of servicemen prepared to take on the American League All-Stars to help raise money for the war effort.

The United States All-Service team, coached by Mickey Cochrane, featured Feller, John Rigney (Navy-White Sox), John Grodzicki (Army-Cardinals), Mickey Harris (Army-Red Sox), Fred Hutchinson (Navy-Tigers), Frank Pytlak (Navy-Red Sox), Ken Silvestri (Army-Yankees), John Sturm and Morrie Arnovich (Army-Giants).

Opposing the service team was the American League All-Stars. Future Hall of Famers Hal Newhouser, Lou Boudreau, Joe Gordon, Joe DiMaggio and Ted Williams highlighted a star-studded roster.

The Plain Dealer reported that the event had a World Series type of atmosphere. Beginning with the 6:30 p.m. batting practice, the event featured the Fort Hayes band, Marine Corps drill, Fort Custer tank destroyer battalion and artillery outfit, parade of tanks, Great Lakes Naval Training Station band, V formation and a flag raising. The baseball game did not even start until 9 p.m.

The ballpark was dolled up in red, white and blue bunting and flags of the United Nations were draped from the upper deck. Photos of Douglas MacArthur were affixed to the walls at the base of the stands. A crowd of 62,094 turned out to see Feller and the Servicemen drop a 5-0 decision to the All-Stars. Feller pitched into the second inning before leaving, down 3-0. Fans understood that perhaps Feller didn’t have his best stuff due to his Navy duties taking precedent of his time. Famed Plain Dealer writer, Gordon Cobbledick wrote it this way:

“American League pitching was too sharp for batting eyes dulled by months of devotion to another task. American League bats were too potent for pitching arms grown rusty in the service of a greater cause than baseball. This was the story of the United States Service-American League All-Star game at the stadium last night before one of the greatest crowds of Cleveland sports history.”

Interestingly enough, even during an unofficial game such as this one, fans at Cleveland Municipal Stadium booed the Yankees’ star Joe DiMiaggio. He was quoted saying, “I can’t understand it. I don’t know of anything I’ve done to deserve it.”

Underlying the spectacle was the benefit of the game. For every ticket sold, $1 in War Stamps was included. The event raised between $130,000 and $150,000 for the war effort.

Bob Feller used his celebrity in the best way he could during the early part of the war. This game is just one reason why we believe Bob Feller deserves the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Please help and sign the petition.

–Team curator/historian Jeremy Feador

Our favorite #NationalPuppyDay Snapchat submissions – 3/23

Today on Snapchat (Username: Indians) we asked you guys to screenshot a picture of a cute pup in celebration of Puppy Day and draw a Indians ballcap on him.

Your submissions were awesome! Here are some of our favorites:


Woof…Puppy artists for sure. Thanks again for all your submissions! Be sure to celebrate with your pup and give us a follow on Snapchat for more fun things! (username: Indians)

-TribeVibe contributor, Ryan Delgado

Trevor Bauer mans @Indians during Friday’s games — and #BauerTakeover is a hit


The @indians account had a familiar face running the show as the Tribe played split-squad games in Goodyear and Mesa on Friday afternoon. Tribe pitcher Trevor Bauer – known on Twitter as @BauerOutage – spent the afternoon in the press box live tweeting happenings from both games, having a little fun at his teammates expense and answering questions from fans on Twitter.

Fans followed along using #BauerTakeover and Bauer even gave away a few tickets to a game back in Cleveland by asking fans to finish lyrics from one of his original songs.

He was so entertaining that by the end of the game, @Indians followers were requesting he Tweet all the games.  Lucky for us – and our job security – he is needed more on the mound, but we hope he’ll come back and join us for another #BauerTakeover.

Critiquing the ball boy:

Making fun of Atch:

A fun jab at MLB’s new pace-of-play rules:

Inside the mind of a ball player:

Twitter reacts to Melt, Barrio and Sweet Moses coming to Progressive Field

Today, the Cleveland Indians announced that local favorites Melt Bar & Grilled, Barrio and Sweet Moses will serve up their unique food at Progressive Field in 2015!

These new food selections will be located in the renovated Right Field District of the ballpark and provide fans with another fan-friendly option.

Melt, founded 6 years ago in Lakewood, will offer five of their most popular sandwiches: Kindergarten (grilled cheese), Chorizo & Potato (spicy sausage and potato hash), Parmageddon (pierogi, onion and sauerkraut), BBQ Pork (with onion rings) and Mushroom Melt (garlic mushrooms, onions and arugula).

Barrio, with locations in Tremont and Lakewood, has gained notoriety for its casual atmosphere and fresh, flavorful tacos which fans can now enjoy while watching a game live at Progressive Field.

Sweet Moses, named after Cleveland’s founder, will bring classic ice cream sundaes and more to the ballpark including a sundae featuring homemade caramel corn and peanuts atop a salted caramel ice cream.

Our Twitter followers were pretty excited about the announcement. Here are some of our favorite reaction tweets!

Tribe drops prices on dogs and suds; fans go wild

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The Cleveland Indians announced they are rolling back the price of concessions at Progressive Field early this morning and the interwebs have been abuzz ever since. The $4 beers, $3 hot dogs, $2 soda refills and 15 $1 dog nights (presented by Sugardale!) have shown fans a concerted effort by the club, both on and off the field, to keep fans happy at the ballpark. “We’ve asked our fans what they want most in their ballpark experience at Progressive Field, and more affordable concessions prices routinely top the list,” said Indians president Mark Shapiro. “This is a way for us to let fans know we’re listening to them and that we value them.”

TribeVibe is listening too! Here’s a snippet of the response to these changes:

If you’d like to partake in the excitement, single-game tickets are still available via, by calling 216-420-HITS (4487) or by visiting any Indians Team Shop. If you’re on the hunt for the Sugardale Dollar Dog nights, the Indians’ promotion schedule can be viewed  here.

We’ll see you at the ballpark!

— TribeVibe contributor Courtney Shilling

Francona Treats Cleveland Media to Lunch

The relationship between a team’s manager and the local beat reporters in a given city is a living, breathing entity that takes on many forms throughout the course of a baseball season and becomes a very important part of the process that delivers the news and information that you get through newspapers, television, talk radio, blogs, Twitter, etc.

Beginning with Spring Training, the manager maintains scheduled pre- and post-game media obligations on a daily basis in addition to all the incidental contact that may take place in person or over the phone with journalists who spend a significant portion of their working lives chronicling the club’s daily story lines. In short, it’s extremely beneficial for all parties involved for these relationships to be built upon some combination of trust, honesty, fairness, respect and professionalism. With that in mind, Terry Francona hosted the Cleveland contingency of beat reporters during a 90-minute informal lunch earlier today in the home clubhouse at Progressive Field, giving the local scribes an opportunity to get-to-know the new Indians skipper outside of a traditional press conference setting; equally, the meet-and-greet gave Tito the chance to familiarize himself with some of the people he’ll be interacting with on an almost daily basis at the ballpark and express his appreciation for the jobs that they do. The group covered a wide range of insightful topics, which’s Indians beat writer Jordan Bastian hits in more detail HERE.

Indians Game Information for Monday, July 16

CLEVELAND INDIANS (45-43, 2nd, -4.0 G) vs. TAMPA BAY RAYS (46-43)
RHP Zach McAllister (3-1, 3.40) vs. RHP Alex Cobb (4-5, 4.89)
First Pitch: 7:10 p.m. (ET) at Tropicana Field
TV: STO  Radio: WTAM, Indians Radio Network
Series Notes:

THE STANDINGS: The Indians were shut out 3-0 by Toronto on Sunday afternoon and fell 4.0 games behind Chicago in the A.L. Central standings, as the White Sox edged the Royals 2-1 at Kauffman Stadium…the 4.0-game deficit is the largest faced by Cleveland at any point this season, as the Indians had been in first or 2nd place for 56 consecutive days prior to yesterday’s loss.

STRIKE FAST: The Indians have gone 21-8 in series openers overall this season (10-4 on the road), winning 6 of 8, 10 of 13 and 16 of their last 21 lid-lifters.

GONE STREAKING: MICHAEL BRANTLEY went 8-for-11 (.727) with 3 doubles in the weekend Toronto series and has now hit safely in 13 straight games at .460 (23-50) with 3 homers and 10 RBI, T2nd-longest active hit streak in the A.L. behind the Yankees’ ROBINSON CANO (18 games)…paired with his career-high 22-game streak from May 20-June 15, which still stands as the longest in the majors this season, Brantley is one of 2 A.L. players with multiple hit streaks of 13+ games this season, joining the Twins’ JOSH WILLINGHAM (2, 15 games each)…LOU MARSON also enters this series vs. the Rays with a career-high 9-game hit streak at .412 (14-34).

ANOTHER SWIM WITH THE RAYS: Cleveland is set to meet Tampa Bay for the 2nd time in a little more than a week, as the two clubs also closed out the season’s first “half” with a 3-game series at Progressive Field…the Indians enter tonight’s series here in Tampa Bay with a 71-44 record all-time against the Rays, including a 29-26 mark at Tropicana Field…this marks the first return trip to Tropicana Field for JOHNNY DAMON and CASEY KOTCHMAN, who were both members of the Rays last season…TRAVIS HAFNER has a .361 (30-83) avg., 9 HR and 20 RBI in 23 career games at Tropicana Field.

TURF WARS: Cleveland is set to begin the club’s 2nd consecutive and final series of the season on artificial turf…club went 3-3 on turf last season, but is 20-31 (.396) over the past 5 seasons (2008-12)…last winning season on turf was 2007 (12-6).

Indians Game Information for Sunday, July 15

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CLEVELAND INDIANS (45-42, 2nd, -3.0 G) vs. TORONTO BLUE JAYS (44-44)
RHP Derek Lowe (8-6, 4.43) vs. RHP Carlos Villanueva (3-0, 3.05)
First Pitch: 1:07 p.m. (ET) at Rogers Centre
TV: WKYC  Radio: WTAM, Indians Radio Network
Series Notes:

POWER SURGE: Cleveland went deep 3 times in yesterday’s defeat, as it marked just the 3rd time over the past 3 seasons for the Indians to hit 3-or-more home runs and lose (23-3 record in those games from 2010-12)…the Indians have slugged 21 home runs over their last 13 games beginning June 28, which is tied with New York-AL and Toronto for 2nd-most in the majors over that span behind Pittsburgh (24)…that works out to an average of 1.6 HR-per-game for the Tribe since June 28, after generating 0.8 HR-per-game from Opening Day through June 27.

WAITING FOR THE RIGHT ONE: Cleveland’s offense saw an average of 3.9 pitches-per-plate appearances in yesterday’s loss (172 pitches/44 PA), continuing a season-long trend for the Tribe…the Indians have averaged 3.87 pitches-per-PA overall this season, which is the 6th-best figure in the A.L. and 9th-best in the majors…Cleveland also leads the majors with 319 walks and ranks 4th with a .334 team on-base pct. behind Texas (.341), St. Louis (.340) and New York-AL (.336).

GLOVE WILL KEEP US ALIVE: Cleveland’s defense has been charged with just 5 errors over the club’s last 18 games, playing error-free baseball in 6 of the last 7 and all but 4 of those 18 contests overall; Cleveland’s .986 team fielding % (46 E/3309 TC) is 3rd-best in the A.L. and 4th in the majors behind Seattle (.989), Chicago-AL (.989) and Cincinnati (.986).

BE LIKE MIKE: MICHAEL BRANTLEY has gone 6-for-8 with a double, HR and 2 RBI in this series…additionally, he has hit safely in 5 straight at-bats against left-handed pitching to raise his season average vs. LHP to .303 (33-109), which is now higher than his season average vs. RHP (.297)…Brantley is the first strictly left-handed Indians batter with a hit in 5+ consecutive AB vs. LHP since teammate SHIN-SOO CHOO from July 26-27, 2009 and one of just 7 LH-batters in the majors to pull the trick this season.

Brett Gardner, NYY (5) April 10-17
David Ortiz, BOS (6) April 13-18
Norichika Aoki, MIL (5) May 17-18
Joey Votto, CIN (6) May 25-27
Joe Mauer, MIN (5) June 13-25
David Murphy, TEX (5) June 12-July 4
Michael Brantley, CLE (5) July 13-14

Indians Game Information for Saturday, July 14

CLEVELAND INDIANS (45-41, 2nd, -3.0 G) vs. TORONTO BLUE JAYS (43-44)
RHP Ubaldo Jimenez (8-7, 4.50) vs. LHP Aaron Laffey (0-1, 2.67)
First Pitch: 1:07 p.m. (ET) at Rogers Centre
TV: STO  Radio: WTAM, Indians Radio Network
Series Notes:

RARE WIN: Cleveland’s pitching staff held Toronto scoreless on 5 hits last night, while a solo home run by TRAVIS HAFNER accounted for the only run scored in the game…the decision marked just the 2nd 1-0 road win for Cleveland over the last 20 seasons from 1993-2012, the other coming on June 13, 2011 at Yankee Stadium…also stood as the Indians first 1-0 road win with the exclusive benefit of a solo home run since May 26, 1992 at Oakland (Mark Lewis) and just the 6th such victory for Cleveland over the past 44 seasons beginning in 1969.

ON A SOLO HOME RUN, 1969-2012
Sept. 6, 1988 at New York-AL (Ron Kittle)
June 7, 1989 at California (Luis Medina)
Aug. 2, 1989 at Milwaukee (Jerry Browne)
April 15, 1991 at Boston (Brook Jacoby)
May 26, 1992 at Oakland (Mark Lewis)
July 13, 2012 at Toronto (Travis Hafner)

According to Elias, Hafner became the first Indian to homer within the first two innings of a game that would end in a 1-0 final score since JOHNNY ELLIS on Sept. 26, 1973 vs. Boston (2nd inning).

MASTERPIECE THEATRE: JUSTIN MASTERSON became the first visiting pitcher to toss a scoreless outing of at least 7.0 IP at Rogers Centre this season, as the right-hander has a 0.60 ERA (1 ER/15.0 IP) in 2 starts against Toronto in 2012…the outing lowered the Indians’ staff ERA for July to 3.00, 3rd-lowest in the A.L. behind Oakland (1.85) and Seattle (2.79) and 5th-lowest in the majors…Cleveland starters have logged an A.L.-high 56.2 innings this month, 3rd-most in the majors behind Cincinnati (61.1) and St. Louis (57.1), while recording quality starts in 7 of 9 games…the rotation’s 3.34 ERA (21 ER/56.2 IP) for July is 3rd-best in the A.L. behind Oakland (2.60) and Seattle (2.85) and 7th in the majors.

THE TRIBE & TORONTO: With Cleveland’s victory last night, the road team has won 10 of the last 13 meetings between the Indians and the Jays (STATS LLC)…the Indians hold a 38-23 (.623) advantage since the start of the 2004 season, which stands as the highest winning pct. vs. the Jays by any A.L. club in that span…Indians are 54-55 all-time at Rogers Centre, but are 46-34 (.575) here since the start of the 1994 campaign, the highest winning pct. by any team in baseball at this park over that span (min. 13 G).

Indians Game Information for Saturday, June 30

CLEVELAND INDIANS (38-38, 2nd, -3.5 G) vs. BALTIMORE ORIOLES (42-34)
RHP Josh Tomlin (3-5, 5.70) vs. LHP Dana Eveland (0-0, 3.00)
First Pitch: 4:05 p.m. (ET) at Camden Yards
Radio: WTAM, Indians Radio Network
Series Notes:

RARE DEFEAT: Last night’s contest marked the first time for the Indians to lose a game in which they scored at least 8 runs while out-hitting an opponent with 16+ hits since Sept. 8, 2009 vs. Texas (11-9 loss, out-hit Rangers 16-13), although it was the first time to shoulder such a defeat on the road since July 21, 2002 at Kansas City (13-12 loss, out-hit Royals 20-13).

JOBU NEEDS A REFILL: Despite a 1-3 record, the last 4 games of the Indians current road trip have featured an increase in offensive production for the Tribe…the club has hit nearly .300 while plating almost 6 runs-per-game over the last 4 contests, this after posting a .165 average and just 5 combined runs over the first 4 tilts of the trip.

LIKE TO HAVE THAT “ONE” BACK: Each of the Indians’ last 2 losses have ended with the club trailing by a single run signaling somewhat of a rarity for the Clevelanders in 2012, as the club entered this road trip with just 2 one-run defeats all season…at 12-4 (.750), Cleveland still owns the best record in the majors in one-run contests.

CABRERA IN CHARM CITY: ASDRUBAL CABRERA has hit 6 of his 11 home runs this season over his last 13 games beginning June 16, driving in 13 runs in that span…Cabrera has also homered in 4 of his last 6 games against the Orioles, all coming here at Camden Yards, and carries a .339 (41-121) career avg. vs. Baltimore, his highest career figure against any A.L. club…also has 28 career RBI vs. Baltimore (12 RBI in last 9 G), T4th-most for Cabrera vs. any opponent behind A.L. Central opponents Kansas City (45), Chicago (39) and Detroit (29).

AROUND THE BLOCK: The Indians have hit 4 HR last 2 games after just 2 HR over first 6 games of current road trip…Cleveland was charged with 2 errors last night to snap a streak of 6 straight games without a miscue; club’s .985 team fielding pct. is still 5th-best in the A.L…last night also marked just the 2nd time over the Indians last 11 games for the Indians pitching staff to be charged with at least one unearned run.

IT’S RAINING IN BALTIMORE: The Indians hold a 48-44 all-time advantage over the Orioles at Camden Yards (1992-present), winning 11 of the last 19 meetings…the 2 clubs split a 4-game series here last season.


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