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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:
Ever wonder how an autographed or game-used item is deemed “authentic” by Major League Baseball and its clubs?
Well, for those in the market for such an item, there is a small sticker to look for on each item which guarantees its authenticity. Each club in MLB has a group of official Authenticators, whose job is to keep track of autographed and game-used items to confirm that they are genuine.
Linda Kaspar is one of four authenticators assigned to the Indians. One authenticator is required to be on hand at each game, and Kaspar rotates with her colleagues to split up the 81 home games.
“We have to be present,” she explained. “We have to witness everything that is either signed or comes off the field as it comes off the field to make sure that it’s valid, and the person signing it is the real person.”
Kaspar, like many of her co-workers, is a retired Cleveland Police Officer, and she has worked in this role with the Indians for the past five seasons.
“I happened to know somebody that was going for an interview for an authenticator [position], and they needed more people so I was asked to come to the interview and I got hired,” said Kaspar.
These authenticated items are often an important fundraising source for charity organizations that wish to raise money by selling similar items. Having the official sticker to mark an item’s legitimacy is an important way to protect both fans and the charity organizations.
Cleveland Indians Charities uses the money raised through a series of auctions to fund programs such as the Cleveland Metropolitan School District’s baseball and softball programs, as well as making a significant annual donation to the Boys and Girls Club of Cleveland.
Currently, there are several authenticated items available through the Indians official online auction, with proceeds from each benefiting CIC and its partner programs.
CLICK HERE to learn more about the current auction items.
Indians catcher Lou Marson is batting .388 (14/36) over his last 10 games with three doubles, one triple, and four RBI. TribeVibe recently challenged Marson to “15 Questions.”
TribeVibe: Do you see yourself and athletes, in general, as role models?
Lou Marson: Absolutely, I do. Young kids definitely look up to certain athletes and try to emulate them and wear the same type of gear. Certain players wear Nike, and then they try to wear Nike.
TV: What superhero quality would you most desire: X-ray vision, flying, mind-reading, or invisibility?
LM: Flying. It would be cool to fly.
TV: If you were baseball commissioner for a day, you would…
LM: Let everyone use aluminum bats.
TV: If you could vacation for a month, where is your destination?
LM: Cabo San Lucas.
TV: If you could bring one person to a deserted island with you, excluding all immediate family members, who would it be?
LM: Sandra Bullock. I’ve always liked her. I’m a big fan of her.
TV: What is your best non-sports related talent?
LM: Ironing. I like to iron. I iron my shirts a lot. I think I’m pretty good at it. I’ve got a nice iron.
TV: If you could win an NBA Championship, the Masters, or the Super Bowl, which would you rather win?
LM: The Super Bowl. It’s Super Bowl Sunday; everyone gets together for Super Bowl Sunday. It’s a huge party.
TV: Do you have any phobias?
LM: I’m kind of claustrophobic. Sharks are probably up there.
TV: What is your favorite specialty meal?
LM: I like salmon. I like to go to Chelsea’s Kitchen in Phoenix, Arizona.
TV: Did you have any jobs as a kid?
LM: I worked with my dad, who’s a General Contractor, Real Estate Developer. I worked in the company with him. I always worked with my grandpa. I would sweep up all the job sites, all the side dust, and throw the extra wood away. I always worked with my grandpa doing that.
TV: How often do you get a new mitt?
LM: Every Spring Training, I get three. I have a gamer, my backup, and one that I’m kind of breaking in, in case the one I have at the beginning of the year ends up ripping. I usually rotate. I usually use two throughout a year, but I have three of them.
TV: What was your favorite age?
LM: I really liked 11th grade, 16 years old.
TV: What is your favorite college team?
LM: Michigan Wolverines. I like hockey. My whole family’s from Michigan. My dad played in college, so I grew up a big hockey fan.
TV: As a kid, you drove your parents crazy because…
LM: I always spilled the milk at dinner.
TV: Would you rather pause, fast forward, or rewind your life?
LM: Rewind it until I was six, just to be a little kid again.
-Megan Golden, TribeVibe contributor
After struggling in his Major League debut in 2011, Indians pitcher Zach McAllister’s confidence has him in a groove in the big leagues.
The Tribe acquired McAllister from the Yankees in a 2010 trade that sent outfielder Austin Kearns to New York. The trade evidently paid off for Cleveland, where McAllister has been thriving on the mound in recent starts.
McAllister was called up to the Major Leagues on July 7, 2011, when he started and allowed three runs (two earned) on five hits and three walks in four innings. McAllister had been told prior to the outing that it was a spot start, and he would be sent down to Columbus following the game.
“Obviously, I think I would have liked to pitch a little better in my debut,” McAllister said. “It was like a little kid, his dream finally came true. You had all those nerves and everything, and you try to keep them calm and just try to perform. It was really exciting for me.”
The Indians did defeat Toronto 5-4 in the game, however, and McAllister’s family made the eight-hour drive from Chillicothe, IL, to see him after his first start.
“I have a lot of friends and family members from back home that came up to the game, so that was kind of a surprise to see all of them after the game,” he said.
McAllister, 24, made three additional starts last season and worked hard this offseason to remain consistent with his pitches.
The Indians called him up again for a day-night doubleheader versus the White Sox on May 7, 2012, and he wound up starting three more games in place of then-injured Indians pitcher Josh Tomlin. McAllister was most recently called up to replace struggling Indians pitcher Jeanmar Gomez.
In three games since being called up, McAllister is 2-0 and has allowed just five earned runs in 17.1 innings against the likes of the Orioles, Angels, and Rays. He said he credits his consistency for his extended stay in Cleveland.
“This year, it’s just being a little more consistent with all my pitches and being able to execute them when I need to. That was my biggest thing last year,” he said. “I think there are a lot of guys that are talented enough to be here, but they’re not consistent enough. That kind of hurts them a little bit.”
McAllister said he has made an effort to develop a relationship with his catchers and his fellow starting pitchers in his short stint with the club this season.
“[Indians catchers Carlos Santana and Lou Marson] are the ones that are back there every day trying to catch you. It’s just being able to sit down and talk to them and going over what you want to do and being able to have a normal conversation with them on the bench,” he said. “That’s a work in progress, but it’s coming along.
“All of the [starting pitchers] have helped me in some sort of way, whether it’s talking to me or just being able to watch them during the game and see how they go about their business.”
McAllister’s performance has eliminated a portion of uncertainty as he has settled in as a critical component of the Indians starting rotation. The Indians will need McAllister to continue his run throughout the second half in order to remain in contention.
“It’s definitely a little more enjoyable being able to come to the field every day and not have to worry about getting called to the office and being sent down,” McAllister said. “I can’t just go out and pitch and expect to get by. I have to perform, and if I don’t, I know I can get sent down. It’s a challenge, but I look forward to that challenge.”
McAllister said confidence has been a large reason for his success thus far as he looks to remain in the win column for the Tribe.
“[Confidence] is probably one of the biggest things you can have as an athlete. You might not have the best stuff, but if you’re confident that what you have is going to get guys out, then you’re going to be successful the majority of the time,” he said. “I’ve been able to have a pretty good confidence up here, so I just want to stay on that, get on a roll, and keep it going.”
-Megan Golden, TribeVibe contributor
CLEVELAND INDIANS (26-21, 1st, +0.5) vs. KANSAS CITY ROYALS (19-27)
RHP Josh Tomlin (1-2, 4.67) vs. RHP Nathan Adock (0-2, 2.33)
First Pitch: 4:05 p.m. (ET) at Progressive Field
Radio: WTAM, Indians Radio Network
*Cleveland’s pitching staff combined to allow 35 runs (34 ER) during this weekend’s 3-game sweep in Chicago, raising the club’s season ERA 50 points from 3.90 to 4.40…according to STATS LLC, it marked the first time for the Tribe to give up 35-or-more runs in a series of exactly 3 games since June 4-6, 2002 at Minnesota (35 R-33 ER), although Cleveland managed to win one of those 3 games against the Twins.
*The Tribe is set to begin 3-game against the Kansas City Royals today with the Indians holding a 4-2 edge in this year’s season series…CLE entered 2012 with 8 consecutive winning seasons against the Royals, as the club is 91-61 vs. Kansas City since the start of the 2004 campaign.
*The Indians recalled INF LONNIE CHISENHALL from Columbus (AAA) and placed INF JACK HANNAHAN on the 15-day DL with a strained left calf, retroactive to May 27…to make room for RHP JOSH TOMLIN, today’s starter, the club has designated RHP JAIRO ASENCIO for assignment…SS ASDRUBAL CABRERA (day-to-day) has missed the last 2 games with tightness in his left hamstring…C LOU MARSON (day-to-day) suffered a facial contusion after being hit by a pitch on Sunday…C CARLOS SANTANA is on the MLB 7-day Disabled List with a mild concussion that he suffered after being struck in the face mask by a foul tip…DH TRAVIS HAFNER (soreness in right knee) has missed 4 games and did not travel to Chicago this past weekend.