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Players, alumni, manager Terry Francona on hand for autographs, photos and more; additional session added to improve fan experience
Fans can purchase opportunity to guarantee autographs this year; tickets on sale to Season Ticket Holders Dec. 5, to general public Dec. 6
The Cleveland Indians on Tuesday announced details for Tribe Fest 2014, presented by KeyBank, set for Progressive Field on January 25 and 26.
The second annual event will be expanded this year, with manager Terry Francona, current Tribe players including Mike Aviles, Carlos Santana, Danny Salazar, Yan Gomes, David Murphy, Corey Kluber, Zach McAllister and others, Indians prospects (including former No. 3 overall pick Trevor Bauer and 2012 top pick Clint Frazier), and several prominent Tribe alumni including, Kenny Lofton, in attendance for autographs, interviews on the KeyBank main stage and more.
In addition, more of Progressive Field will be open this year, including the 1994 Party Suite for autographs, Club Lounge, Kids Clubhouse and more. The Indians also plan to announce their 2014 promotions schedule and 2014 Hall of Fame Induction details on the KeyBank main stage during Saturday morning’s session.
Due to large crowds at last year’s first Tribe Fest, in addition to anticipated high demand this year after the Indians Postseason berth in October, the 2014 event will feature three sessions:
- Saturday, January 25: 10AM-2PM
- Saturday, January 25: 4PM-8PM
- Sunday, January 26: Noon-6PM
Admission for adults is $10 in advance and tickets are available online only, starting at 10AM Thursday, December 5 for Season Ticket Holders and 10 AM Friday, December 6 for the general public, at Indians.com/TribeFest. Kids ages 12 and under again this year can attend the event for FREE when reserved with the purchase of an adult ticket. There is a limit of two free children’s admissions per paying adult. Tickets for kids age 12 and under are $5 at the gate day of event.
This year, autographs can be guaranteed by purchasing an autograph ticket bundled at the same time with the general admission ticket online at Indians.com/TribeFest. Fans are limited to one guaranteed autograph ticket per person to allow for as many fans to get access to the players. Prices in addition to the $10 ADULT general admission ticket – kids tickets are free when reserved in advance — as follows:
- $10/ticket for Indians Minor League Prospect sessions
- $15/ticket for Indians Major League roster player sessions
- $20/ticket for Indians Alumni player sessions
Each Tribe Fest event features multiple autograph sessions, for which 250 tickets will be sold. Autographs for specific players are not guaranteed, just a space in line. If autograph sessions are not sold out, fans will be allowed to wait in line at their own risk for autographs, time permitting and on a first-come, first-serve basis.
In addition to interacting with players, young fans can hit in the Progressive Field batting cages (waivers will be required), take tours of the home clubhouse, listen to Q&As with Tribe broadcasters and players, and more. Concessions will be available in the Club Lounge, while KeyBank customers will have access through pre-event registration to an exclusive area in the Collection Auto Club at Progressive Field.
All player appearances are subject to change.
For complete event details, visit Indians.com/TribeFest.
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: 21-6
- Overall record: 92-70
- Home record: 11-4
- Road record: 10-2
- Weekend record: 8-1
- Standings: 92-70, 1GB of Detroit
- High-water mark: 92-70. Sept. 29
TOP PERFORMERS — BATTING
- Michael Brantley: .345 AVG (29-84), 2 HR, 14 RBI, .828 OPS
- Matt Carson: .700 AVG (7-10), 3 RBI, one gigantic walk-off (see below)
- Yan Gomes: .309 AVG (25-81), 2 HR, 9 RBI, .824 OPS
- Jason Kipnis: .287 AVG (27-94), 1 HR, 9 RBI, 6 SB
TOP PERFORMERS – PITCHING
- Matt Albers: 0.82 ERA (1ER in 11IP), 6 K, .139 opp. AVG
- Ubaldo Jimenez: 4-0, 1.09 ERA (5ER in 41.1IP), 51 K, .230 opp AVG
- Scott Kazmir: 3-2, 2.57 ERA (8ER in 28IP), 43 K, .268 opp. AVG
- Mark Rzepczynski: 2.08 ERA (2ER in 8.2IP), 10K, .172 opp. AVG
- Joe Smith: 0.79 ERA (1ER in 11.1IP), 11 K, .179 opp. AVG
COMBINED BATTING/PITCHING STATS
- Batting: .267 AVG (239-894), 29 HR, 132 RBI
- Pitching: 2.84 ERA (76ER in 241IP), 262 K, .259 opp. AVG
- September 19, Cleveland: Matt Carson – who, as noted above, had a big September in a limited role – rescued the Indians in the 11th inning with a sharp single through the right side of the infield to start the Tribe’s season-ending 10-game win streak.
- September 24, Cleveland: After the White Sox hit two solo homers in the top of the ninth, Jason Giambi hit a mammoth home run to right to again save the Tribe, with the club’s 11th walk-off of the season. A giant photo of the celebration now adorns one of the walls leading to the Indians clubhouse at Progressive Field.
OTHER VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS:
- A much-needed slam: Losers of five in a row, the Indians needed something good to happen on September 1 in Detroit. And in a scoreless game in the ninth, this happened, courtesy of the man who coined “Goon Squad” and also goes by “Handsome Mike”:
- Behind-the-scenes look at the Tribe: Fox Sports One aired its “Mission: October” series, a revealing look at teams contending for playoff spots, on Sept. 23 after filming throughout the previous weekend during the Indians home series vs. Houston. Here’s a snippet.
- Final out: It couldn’t have been easy, right? On the verge of winning a 10th straight and clinching a home Wild Card game, Jason Kipnis had to range to his left, dive and fire to a covering Justin Masterson. No big deal, right?
Sweep, it is: The Indians had seven sweeps of 4-plus games in 2013, the first team since 1943 Cards to accomplish that feat.
Streaking: The Tribe ended the season on 10-game winning streak, becoming the sixth team in the Modern Era to finish with at least 10 straight wins.
Streaking, part II: The Indians won 15 of their last 17 games, and it turned out they needed every one of them to clinch a home Wild Card Game.
Ubaldo flawless down the stretch: For his efforts – detailed above in the “Top Performers – Pitching” section – Ubaldo was awesome and won the Pitcher of the Month for September.
September sweets: The Tribe won 21 games in the month, marking only the fifth time in club history with 20 or more wins in a month. The last? 1948.
Fine 90: The Indians, with 92 wins, recorded their eighth 90-win season since 1995.
Matching another club record: The Indians 92-70 record marked a 24-win jump over 2012, tying a club record; the other time the franchise accomplished the feat was from 1985 to 1986.
Fleet feet: Jason Kipnis logged his 30th steal on September 29, the last day of the regular season, and became the first Indians player since Grady Sizemore in 2007-08 to steal 30 or more in consecutive seasons. The Indians had 117 steals, sixth most in MLB.
What a relief: Bryan Shaw, in his first year with the club, didn’t allow a run 15 1/3 September innings; we would have included him above, but figured he deserved a callout.
Coach of the month – hitting coach Ty Van Burkleo: The Tribe had its best collective month at the plate, and for the year, the Indians offense ranked among American League leaders in pitches per plate appearance (third, 3.95), walks (fourth, 562) and OBP (fifth, .327).
It’s no surprise that the team that went all out for “Bring Your Own Costume Monday” has its fair share of Halloween costume expertise.
What are the Cleveland Indians players’ and coaches’ favorite Halloween costumes? Check out some of their answers below, and don’t miss other great Tribe costumes in the gallery above.
- Drew Stubbs – “Batman as a kid…dressing up as your favorite super hero is the best.”
- Mike Sarbaugh – “Spider-Man. That was one of my favorite cartoons growing up.”
- Mike Aviles – “Favorite costume was a stegosaurus that was homemade by my moms friend when I was like 5!!”
- Justin Masterson – “My favorite Halloween costume went between 2 roughly. For the majority of my life I was a ninja every year. Then in a ruse to get my mom to allow me to shave my head I went as Mr. Clean my sophomore year of high school and have been shaving my head ever since.”
- Yan Gomes – “Growing up me and a bunch of friends used to dress up in a bunch of scary outfits and scare kids that came to the door for trick-or-treat.”
- Corey Kluber – “Favorite Halloween costume was probably a vampire. Thought the fake blood was cool.”
- Trevor Bauer – “Dressed up as an ace of hearts and took a pack of cards around doing magic tricks on people.”
- Bryan Shaw – “A few years ago I was on the Scottsdale Scorpions for Fall League and the season fell over Halloween. The entire team dressed up and I went as Dexter — which is my favorite show.”
- Terry Francona – “I would go as Dr. Evil. I would just put on a Brad Mills uniform and be ready to go!”
– TribeVibe contributor Courtney Shilling
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
Indians players and coaches were at Progressive Field on Tuesday afternoon, as they held a practice and team meetings at the ballpark on the day before the Tribe’s crucial AL Wild Card clash with the Tampa Bay Rays. The players spoke with TribeVibe about their approach ahead of Wednesday night’s game.
Second Baseman Jason Kipnis
On the team’s momentum heading into the postseason…
I think momentum is on our side, but at this time Tampa, and even Texas, everyone was playing good coming down the stretch. I think this team is in a good place right now, and I think we got to rest up for another day, but I don’t think it’s too long where we’ll be rusty or anything like that, and we’ve still got some good momentum and guys are ready to go.
On what he has learned from the veteran players during the stretch run…
You take bits and pieces from all of them. It’s impressive what they were able to do because the whole time while they’re trying to help out the young guys, those are some big names, and some big important parts for us down this home stretch. So they had to worry about their own games, and they still went through their normal routine, and treated it as the same game, and handled their business, and kept the atmosphere loose in here.
First Baseman/Outfielder Nick Swisher
On the mentality heading into the postseason…
Yeah, you know I think just with this team and the mojo that we have, it’s not necessarily one of the stressful things. It’s just a great opportunity to be there for us, and I think just what we’ve been doing of late, or at least the last 10-15 games, we’ve almost been taking it as, ‘Hey, this is just gonna be another game in the season, and there’s going to be another game tomorrow.’
I think if we just continue to keep that ‘lax, chill attitude, and just go out there and get great pitching and timely hitting, we’ll get a chance to win.”
INF/Outfielder Ryan Raburn
On the difference between one-game playoff and a series…
It’s about the same, but these one-game playoffs are a lot more intense than a regular playoff series. It’s like a Game 7 of the World Series where if you don’t win you go home, so it’s really intense, but it’s a lot of fun. We’ve worked really hard all year, and really turned it around from where this team has been all year, and I couldn’t be happier for this group of guys, and all that we’ve worked for.
On sharing his postseason experience with younger players…
The little bit that I’ve had, I’ve really just told the guys when we get in those long winning streaks to keep working because it’s a long year, and crazy things happen, and really that’s all the guys did. They worked hard all year and never gave up and hopefully we can continue.
Outfielder Drew Stubbs
On how the AL Wild Card compares to his previous postseason experience…
This is the first time I’ve done a Wild Card game, so obviously this game tomorrow night is going to determine whether we move on or not. Other than that, the similarities would be that the anticipation and the level of excitement are about the same.
On his advice to younger teammates…
Don’t get overwhelmed by the pressure or excitement. Just go out and play the same game you’ve played all year.
Outfielder Michael Brantley
On what it means to be in the postseason…
It’s great. This is what we played for, and this is what we worked so hard to get to, and I’m excited to be a part of it with this team, and I can’t wait for the game.
On whether he plans to change any part of his routine…
I don’t plan on it. I plan to go through the same routine I do for every game, just make sure that I’m prepared and what pitchers we’re facing and go out there and do my best.
Infielder Mike Aviles
On the level of excitement in the clubhouse for postseason…
In all honesty I don’t know how much more amped up it’s going to get, because we always got music going, and we’re always having fun, and that’s been our thing since day one…We were coming here and just saying ‘let’s play, let’s do our work, and take care of business.’
On what the current 10-game winning streak means for the postseason…
All 10 [wins] in a row means is that we get to play here tomorrow. Everything we did for all 162 games, and all the Rays did for 163 games means nothing, and that’s what it comes down to. Tomorrow is all about tomorrow, and that’s really all there is.
Bench Coach Sandy Alomar
On the difference in preparing for postseason as a coach…
You’ve got to organize it in detail, the scouting report, so you can present to the players, and help them go through the game. As a player you just wait for that information to come to you, but as a coach you have to gather that information and present it to them. You get it ahead of time, and you get more familiar with it, so when the game comes, it doesn’t come as a surprise.
Relief Pitcher Cody Allen
On whether preparation will change at all for the Wild Card game…
The only thing that’s going to be different is that it’s one game right now for this Wild Card spot. But other than that, we’ve won 10 games in a row at the end of the year, and just getting ready for the games like we always do: staying loose, being prepared, being ready, and just playing hard.
We’re trying to keep things as routine as possible, and not change anything up, and putting any more pressure on any one person. We ended the season playing good baseball. Let’s keep playing good baseball.
–TribeVibe contributors Max Lom and Anne Keegan
You may have heard that the Indians clinched a Postseason berth on Sunday with their 10th consecutive victory and seventh four-game sweep of the season — the first time the latter has been done since 1943.
Here’s photographic evidence of the feat. Enjoy. Go Tribe!
If you’ve been to a Tribe game or watched one on TV this season, surely you’ve noticed two unique rituals that occur occasionally during the game and always after victories: the low-five and high-five.
If you follow Tribe President Mark Shapiro on Twitter, you’ve seen a lot of photos after wins showing these rituals. If you don’t, check out the slideshow above. Those great photos, by Tribe photographers Dan Mendlik and Kyle Emery, got us thinking: How the heck did these things get started?
These are their stories. (Cue “Law and Order” noise.)
The low five
Up to July 22, when Nick Swisher most often hit in the cleanup spot in the Tribe order, Swisher was the one congratulating new buddy Jason Kipnis after Kipnis homered or otherwise scored while Swisher was in the on-deck circle. In case you forgot, Kipnis was red-hot for much of the first half, including June, when he was the AL Player of the Month on his way to an All-Star Game appearance.
Which means there were many low-fives given.
When Swisher was moved to the No. 2 spot in the order, roles were reversed: Kipnis waited for Swish in the on-deck circle – if you haven’t noticed, Swish has heated up in September, thus the commencement of many more low-fives.
“I’ll give Swish credit for coming up with the low five,” Kipnis said.
Said Swisher: “It’s just something he and I came up with to celebrate our success.”
The high five
This one has a little controversy surrounding it. Swisher didn’t necessarily claim invention of the high-five, but he hinted at it.
The high-five occurs in the post-game victory handshake line, as you can see from the photos in the slideshow above. Swisher and Mike Aviles, most often, are seen jumping – often with crazed, maniacal looks on their faces – to high-five Zach McAllister.
And while Kipnis was willing to give Swish credit for the low-five, he offered the proper back story on the high one.
“I started doing the high five as a way of getting back at ZMac and Justin Masterson,” Kipnis said. “They used to think it was funny to stand on either side of me during the National Anthem. (Kipnis is 5-11, McAllister 6-6 and Masterson 6-6.) Don’t let Swisher take credit for the high five.”
Swisher has a simpler reason: “We do it because (McAllister) is so (gosh darn) tall!”
–TribeVibe contributor Joel Hammond; photos by Dan Mendlik and 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
Thursday was another success at Progressive Field! Matt Carson, the newest member of the Tribe’s Goon Squad — the named bestowed on the bench bunch by Mike Aviles — got his first big-league walkoff hit, a single in the 11th to beat Houston.
Lost in the late drama was another solid start by Ubaldo Jimenez — seven innings, one run — and Chris Perez’s dramatic escape from trouble in the ninth. And it just so happens that we have video of all of it, to go with the above photos. Enjoy!
–Photos by Kyle Emery