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TribeVibe over the coming weeks will look back at the 2013 Indians season by month, with records, stats, top moments and more on which fans can reflect. April, though a slow start record-wise, provided some memorable moments, which you can watch below. All information and stats courtesy of Indians Baseball Information staff, unless otherwise noted. Photos by Dan Mendlik and Kyle Emery.
For previous monthly reviews:
THE FINE PRINT
- Monthly record: 12-16
- Overall record: 71-64
- Home record: 4-7
- Road record: 8-9
- Weekend record: 6-2
- Standings: second place, 8.5GB
- High-water mark: 62-49, August 4
TOP PERFORMERS — BATTING
- Yan Gomes: .281 AVG (18-64), 2 HR, 3 RBI, 6 R
- Ryan Raburn: .269 AVG (7-26), 4 HR, 8 RBI, 5 R
- (OK, so we struggled at the plate in August. Fine.)
TOP PERFORMERS – PITCHING
- Cody Allen: 1.88 ERA (3 ER in 14.1IP), 17 K, .212 opp. AVG (Allen also logged the second-most appearances in the AL, with 77.)
- Mark Rzepczynski: 0.00 (0 ER in 11.2IP), 10K, .150 opp. AVG
- Joe Smith: 0.68 ERA (1ER in 13.1IP), 13K
COMBINED BATTING/PITCHING STATS
- Batting: .229 AVG (221-966), 26 HR, 86 RBI, 86 BB
- Pitching: 3.77 ERA (107 ER in 255.2IP), 257 K, .249 opp. AVG
- The only month (well, October, too) without one!
Yan Gomes, Andre Rienzo have a day for the ages for home country Brazil: Andre Rienzo, a rookie pitcher from Brazil, and countryman and Indians catcher Yan Gomes, became the first Brazilian-born players to face off in an MLB game. Read more about the faceoff here.
John Underwood: This is why we work in baseball. Lakewood native John Underwood won a Stand Up 2 Cancer auction to take batting practice at Progressive Field – then insists a Make-a-Wish child and his family comes along. The result: An amazing day at Progressive Field. Read more about it here.
Rocky Colavito celebrates 80th birthday at Progressive Field: The Rock came to Cleveland as many older fans’ favorite all-time Indians player, and he was popular all day, from a Terrace Club luncheon/chat with Gary Bell and Max Alvis, to a pregame chat with reporters, to a ceremonial first pitch before the Tribe played the Angels.
Wild nights are calling: If you’re charged with handling in-game social media when an East Coast team is on the West Coast, you know already you’re in for a long night. But when that game goes 14 innings – and 5 hours, 17 minutes – it’s an extra long night. Luckily, we had some fans locked in to our #TribeLive feature on Twitter, so they helped. So did the victory, helped by a Drew Stubbs home run in the 14th. Watch it below:
Be gone, 2012: The Indians on August 21 surpassed their 2012 win total – 68 — in the 127th game of the season, a 3-1 win over the Los Angeles Angels. In all, the Tribe increased its win total by 24 games – tying the club record – in going 92-70.
John Adams anniversary: The Tribe’s unofficial drummer became official on August 24, with a presentation of an Honorary Member Award on the 40th anniversary of the day he first brought his drum to Cleveland Municipal Stadium. John also took part in a pregame “first hit,” hitting the ball with his drum on a pitch by Carlos Baerga.
Home run promises come true: A unique night at the ballpark on August 24. The Tribe communications team got a text from a member of the Corporate Marketing team who was on the field pregame that read, “This 8-year-old met Carlos Santana and asked him to hit a home run.” It turned out to be Niko, who if you followed TribeVibe and the Tribe’s social media channels all season long, you know he became a celebrity. And you also probably know that Santana did hit a home run, as did Jason Kipnis, who Niko also met that night.
Misc.: Tribe manager Terry Francona used 123 different batting orders in 2013, with the most popular being: Bourn, Cabrera, Kipnis, Swisher, Brantley, Santana, Reynolds, Chisenhall, Stubbs
Terry Francona met with media Wednesday afternoon, about three hours before the Indians and Rays tangled in the American League Division Series.
Check out what Tito had to say before the big night!
Q: How is Michael Bourn?
A: He did really well last night. He ran full speed, turned and ran the bases.
Q: Why did you start Lonnie Chisenhall (at third base)?
A: He has a little history (against Tampa Bay starter Alex Cobb). Plus, the way they match up, if they bring in a lefty, we have (Mike) Aviles sitting there.
Q: How much thought did you put into putting Chris (Perez) on the roster? Was it a hard decision?
A: It was not a hard decision. You don’t know how the game is going to go. And given the right situation, he can find himself into the game. He has 20-something saves. He ran into some rough outings, but he’s done everything with the right attitude and we wanted to put him on.
Q: What were your impressions of (Wednesday starter) Danny Salazar the first time you saw him?
A: It was in the Dominican Republic, and I was visiting Carlos Santana and Ubaldo Jimenez. We were watching Ubaldo, and I asked (pitching coach) Mickey (Callaway), ‘Who is that?’ Mickey said, ‘You’re going to love this kid. He’s probably not ready, but you’re going to love him.’ Halfway through the year, Danny was in AA. Our scouts said, ‘Hey, if you have a spot start, we think he’s ready.’ We watched his pitches and now we’re at a part of the year when we can let him pitch.
Q: What did you think of Tampa Bay when you were with Boston? Was it a very intense rivalry?
A: They were good .They found a way in the AL East on a smaller payroll to compete ever year. You know they were doing things right. There’s a lot to respect. In one game, though, you go play and turn your players loose and hope you get to keep playing. … I don’t think there’s been a game played when I don’t think there’s been great intensity. You try to have an atmosphere where every game is like this so nothing changes.
Q: Was there an extra message or talk you gave before this game?
A: No, you stay in a routine. You don’t need any Knute Rockne speech or anything. They know what’s going on. You embrace the challenge and enjoy the competition; nothing more than that.
Q: Can you talk about (Matt) Carson and (Jose) Ramirez on the roster?
A: Matt has been a big part of what we’re doing. He can play all three outfield spots, so it gives flexibility. Ramirez is the same thing: He belongs. He can change the game with his speed and we can move him around the infield.
Q: What do you expect from the crowd?
A: I think the fans have been dying for a game like this and they’ve been wanting it so bad. It would be great to create excitement and then extend it. These fans have the chance to show their appreciation for the players and vice versa.
Q: How is Danny mentally?
A: Mentally, he matches his stuff. That’s why we’re pitching him. After his first start, I asked him, were you nervous? He said, no, not really. He said being on the mound is his most comfortable place in the world.
Q: (Nick) Swisher struggled (in the Postseason) last year; what do you see out of him?
A: That was last year. We courted him and when we got him that was a big deal for us. He’s played his best baseball late in the season. His personality never tires out. I don’t know how he does it, but he does it.
Q: What time did you get here and did you have any ice cream cravings?
A: I’m not pregnant. … I got here about 11AM, as I wanted to swim a little. I didn’t eat ice cream; I had gummi bears. It was not a pretty picture.
Q: Does this feel like a Game 7?
A: It’s exactly the same. We’ve been doing that for a while, with how our challenge went the last 2-3 weeks of the year. You could either embrace it or run from it. I have a feeling both teams will embrace it. Hopefully we’ll be one run better.
Q: What’s it like managing against Joe Maddon?
A: You have to be prepared for the unexpected, especially if the ball doesn’t end up where it’s supposed to.
–TribeVibe contributor Joel Hammond
The Tribe worked out on Tuesday evening prior to Wednesday’s American League Wild Card Game at Progressive Field. Check out these awesome photos!
–Photos by Kyle Emery
Think these guys are excited about the Postseason push? Sure looks like it to us…
–Photos by Kyle Emery
The Indians completed a four-game sweep of the Houston Astros on Sunday, the team’s ninth series sweep of the season and sixth four-game series sweep of the season.
Check out all of the great moments from the sweep in this photo gallery!
–Photos by Kyle Emery
The Indians held their annual Season Ticket Holder party on Sunday evening after the Tribe completed a three-game sweep of the Texas Rangers at Progressive Field.
Each year, we hold the event as a reward for our most loyal customers; at the event, Season Ticket Holders heard from Senior Vice President of Public Affairs Bob DiBiasio, President Mark Shapiro, Nick Swisher and Terry Francona before getting autographs from all members of the 25-man roster and some coaches.
This year, it’s also serving as a kickoff to our Season Ticket renewal process; Season Ticket Holders received renewal and Early Bird information Monday morning.
If you weren’t at the event, here are some of our staff’s favorite moments from the party; and if you aren’t yet a Season Ticket Holder and are interested, stay tuned for more information on how you can become one.
Extended time: We asked all members of the 25-man roster to stick around for an hour to sign autographs for and interact with our Season Ticket Holders. In an effort to move lines along and ensure each fan at the party has the opportunity to see as many players as possible, we do not allow fans to take pictures with the players, though they’re able to take pictures of the players while they’re signing.
Nick Swisher, though, disobeyed our rules and shook hands and took pictures with all of the 250 people in his line – up until about 6:50PM or so. The picture in the slideshow on this post gives you a sense of his mood during the event.
Indians closer Chris Perez – 8-for-8 in save opportunities since returning from the disabled list! — also signed through 6:20PM or so to accommodate fans in line.
Sign the … mustard?: First-year Season Ticket Holder Mark Szczepanik won an autographed bottle of Bertman Ballpark Mustard at a Tweetup last year, and so he decided to bring another bottle of the ballpark staple on Sunday. He got it signed by Jason Giambi, Lonnie Chisenhall, Corey Kluber, Yan Gomes, Rich Hill, Drew Stubbs and first-base coach Mike Sarbaugh.
And by the way: He’s renewing for 2014!
Other cool stuff being signed: We saw an “All-Star Game 1997” bat with signatures from dozens of Indians All-Stars over the years – including now Perez, Asdrubal Cabrera, Justin Masterson and Jason Kipnis.
One fan had various players sign a used lineup card from one of the Tribe’s games versus Philadelphia earlier this season. Each player signed next to their respective name in the starting lineup.
We also saw an older woman who had a Louisville Slugger bat turned into a cane, with a rubber tip protruding from the barrel and a handle from the handle of the bat. Pretty darn cool.
Fans say the darndest things: In spending time at Perez’s table, where he was joined by bullpen catcher Armando Camacaro, we decided to log the quirkiest things he heard. A partial list:
- “Does your contract allow you to play volleyball? We have a spot open on our team.”
- From a youngster: “How fast have you ever thrown a ball?”
- From a middle-aged woman: “I have to show you this picture of my cat; he’s named after you!” The name: Kissy Purrez.
Emotional Kazmir: Tribe pitcher Scott Kazmir, who we last saw allowing just one run in eight innings in a 10-1 win over Seattle on Wednesday, became emotional at times when fans expressed their gratitude and appreciation for his comeback from the Independent League to one of Major League Baseball’s biggest surprises.
- Doug Yanky (Medina, with his three children): “Our experience has] been good. This is the first year we got season tickets; we’re out in the bleachers. It’s been really fun. It’s been well worth it with the discounts you get and everything else; it’s probably the best value in town. Our favorite game so far [was] the Kipnis walkoff [May 17 vs. Seattle].”
- Kathy Porter, Willoughby (with her son, Joseph): “I think [renewing season tickets is] really worth it; the perks — like this — you get, you can exchange tickets if you can’t make a game. There’s a lot of different things that are worthwhile; you can transfer tickets to different people if you can’t go. I have five kids, so it works out well.
- Caitlin Boron (the young lady pictured above with autographs on her back): “There’s not exactly a goal; it’s just the fact that, yeah, it might come off, but it happened. (Are you going to shower tonight?) There’s always dry shampoo. So far, everyone that I’ve gone to has done it except for [Matt] Albers; it’s been 10 different players and coaches total. (Whose autograph was the best?) Chris Perez [because he] gave me a hug.”
Fans Tweet their memories: Here are some of the best tweets of the night from fans in attendance:
— Bobcatgrad (@Bobcatgrad) July 29, 2013
— Bobby Bandelow IV (@BAndelowStUd13) July 29, 2013
— tc110 (@tc110) July 29, 2013
— Joe Alven (@joealven) July 29, 2013
–TribeVibe contributors Joel Hammond, Megan Golden, Max Lom and Courtney Shilling
Love ‘em? Hate ‘em? We thought our 1902 Cleveland Bronchos road jerseys, worn Saturday night on Turn Back the Clock Night at Progressive Field in the Tribe’s 5-3 win over KC, were pretty cool.
Here’s a recap.
–Photos by Dan Mendlik
It was the year the Atlanta Braves were the World Series Champions and the Houston Rockets won the NBA Championship. It was also in 1995 — 18 years ago — that the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame opened in Cleveland, and the billboards ranked “On Bended Knee,” by Boyz II Men, the No. 1 song.
That same year, 8-year-old Jason Kipnis entered the third grade and began following the career of “Papa G,” who debuted with the Oakland Athletics and eventually became a veteran mentor with the Tribe.
Indians designated hitter Jason Giambi signed with the Indians this offseason and wasted no time establishing himself as “Papa G,” a father-like figure for numerous Indians players. The five-time All-Star specifically developed a solid relationship with Kipnis, who says he has grown under Giambi’s leadership this season.
“He’s a guy I admire a lot and look up to. I’ve said this numerous times: He’s the most approachable guy in this organization,” Kipnis said. “He’s so easy to talk to, and he comes to the ballpark still learning about the game, not acting like he knows everything and open to learning new things. You have any question, the guy pretty much has the right answer for you, too.”
Many expected Giambi, 42, to become the leader of the Indians upon his arrival at Spring Training this season. The experienced veteran, however, had other ideas.
“Everybody should be some type of leader [role] on this ball club because you can’t have one guy that [takes charge],” Giambi said. “It takes a whole team to kind of lead each other and police each other and push each other, so I don’t really believe in that. We all need to be a leader — each one of us.
“[Leadership is] really a gift given to you by your teammates. I think the biggest thing is they all see that I have a big heart and that I’m here to help them, and that’s the most important thing. I don’t really look at it as [being] a leader [as much as] a mentor.”
Kipnis has really taken advantage of Giambi’s presence in the Indians locker room. The two teammates have lockers across from one another, and Giambi has made it clear to his “son” that he is always willing to talk if Kipnis needs advice or encouragement.
And although Kipnis has admired Giambi throughout Giambi’s professional career, he said he never once felt intimidated speaking with him.
“It was like talking to a guy who was in the same shoes as you are, someone you could easily relate to and someone that is just a student of the game,” Kipnis said. “That’s the best part about him — how easily approachable he is and how well he communicates with his teammates; it’s like having another coach.”
Giambi, who in addition to his time with the A’s also has played for the Yankees and Rockies, has belted more than 30 home runs in eight different seasons and recorded a lifetime batting average of .279 in 2,191 career games.
Kipnis said he learned from Giambi’s style of play as a youth baseball player in the Chicago area.
“The biggest compliment he’s ever given me was he thinks I’m a player that’s a decade late; he thinks I should have been here two decades [ago]. He says I should have been playing in the ’90s and the 2000s,” Kipnis said. “He said I would have fit right into that game.”
Giambi admits that he has taken Kipnis under his wing and done his best to teach him about the game and about life.
“I’ve definitely tried to be here for everybody. I’ve gone through a lot of life experiences. I’ve gone through a lot of years in this game, so I’ve seen the ups and downs,” he said. “I’m basically here for everybody, but the one guy that I always tease and that I call my son is Kipnis. I take care of Kip, but also [catcher Carlos] Santana, and [try to] help further these guys’ careers. I want to see them turn into the next superstars of the team.”
Giambi mentioned Kipnis, Santana, Chris Perez and Lonnie Chisenhall as a handful of his teammates with the potential to do big things in the Major Leagues one day.
He said it is important that every member of the roster develops relationships with their teammates because it eliminates pressure within the clubhouse. When each player does not have to worry about the pitcher who gave up a home run or the batter who struck out in the ninth inning, they can focus better on their own game.
“Sometimes, I think that’s one of the forgotten things in this game because there’s so much pressure, so much emphasis on what I need to do; sometimes you forget that there are other people on this team,” he said. “[General Manager] Chris [Antonetti] has done an incredible job putting this team together, where everybody — I can literally say everybody — roots for everybody. That’s very rare in this game where we all enjoy being around each other.”
–TribeVibe contributor Megan Golden
First, he rode a scooter all over Goodyear.
Then, he kicked off our “Harlem Shake” video with his, uh, best dance moves.
Now, Terry Francona has broadened his horizons into the counseling field, offering players Nick Swisher, Jason Kipnis, Vinnie Pestano and others advice on very serious matters.
It’s Ask TERRi. Enjoy.
According to Nick Swisher, Monday’s filming of the Tribe’s Harlem Shake video was “Bring your own costume Monday!” And boy did he and his teammates ever. Here is the roster of the downright ridiculous costumes on display in the Tribe Town 216 edition.
Parrot: Jason Kipnis (costume courtesy of Vinnie Pestano)
Ohio State football star: Nick Swisher
Green man: Jason Giambi
Big baby: Terry Francona
Prisoner: Sandy Alomar, Jr.
Camo man: Mark Reynolds
Human bear: Justin Masterson
Lloyd Christmas & Harry Dunne (from “Dumb and Dumber”): David Huff & Chris Perez
Mario: Lonnie Chisenhall
Two Luigis: Mike Sarbaugh & Brian Jeroloman
Nerd: Michael Brantley
Flamingo wrangler: Cody Allen
Reno 911! cop: Ubaldo Jimenez
Hot dog with beard: Nick Hagadone
Disco man: Carlos Carrasco
Ironman: Drew Stubbs
Scarecrow: Trevor Bauer
Mummies: Juan Diaz & Michael Bourn
WWE wrestler: Brett Myers
Two Gumbies: Mike McDade & Scott Barnes
Two Easter bunnies: Rich Hill & Lou Marson
Three penguins: Matt Capps, Matt Langwell & Zach McAllister
Egyptian Pharaoh: Danny Salazar
Hula dancer: Cord Phelps
Spiderman: Joe Martinez
Gene Simmons: Mickey Callaway
Waldo: Matt Carson
Angry Birds: Scott Kazmir and Bryan Shaw
And in case you missed it, here’s the video again: