Results tagged ‘ Mike Aviles ’

7-year-old Jack Donohoe rewarded for good deed with trip to Cleveland Indians BP at Progressive Field

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Jack Donohoe is 7. At an Indians game earlier this season, though, he showed maturity beyond his years.

His dad, Jeff – a Tribe Season Ticket Holder – emailed’s Terry Pluto recently with the story of how young Jack made another young fan’s day:

“My wife (Michelle) and young son (Jack) attended a recent Tribe game. We are in a group of Season Ticket Holders.

“Our seats are in the first row behind the plate. We noticed a little girl who had obvious health challenges at a way, way too early age.

“We struck up a conversation with her family in the row directly behind us. She was from Georgia. Her dad was sitting several more rows back. Since we had an empty seat, the family asked if it would be OK if she sat there. They thought she would love being in the first row! Of course we said yes.

“At first my wife was sitting next to her. But then my wife switched seats so the kids could sit next to each other. The kids struck up a conversion and quickly developed a friendship.

“My son was oblivious that she looked a little different without hair. Or maybe he noticed but just didn’t give it a second thought.

“They started swapping stuff. My son shared his candy and American flag pins that we were given for making a donation to a veterans group before the game, and the little girl shared her grapes and smiles.

“In the ninth inning a ball came loose. A Tampa coach or player picked up the ball and turned to toss the ball to the fans. He scanned the crowd. His eyes met mine. I pointed to the little girl who was standing next to me.

“He gave me a big nod of the head and tossed me the ball! Thankfully I caught it with one of the mitts my son and I brought. My son squealed with joy as I caught the ball. There was no way I could just give the ball to this girl we just met.

“I put the ball in his glove, but I suggested we should give the ball to our new friend. He asked why. I said this was her only game for the season. … He shrugged his shoulders and put the ball in her hands!

“People in the first row or two cheered and clapped! When we got back to our seats, the woman who was taking her grandson to the ballparks also clapped and cheered. She was so happy she got a ball too!”

You can read Jeff’s entire story about his son in Terry’s recent column by clicking here. (

We hosted Jeff, his wife and Jack on Friday afternoon; the trio took in batting practice from the field and got to meet a few of the Indians players, including Mike Aviles, who chatted with Jack for five minutes before shagging some fly balls.

How did Jack like it?

“This is cool,” he said.

–TribeVibe contributor Joel Hammond

Cleveland Indians players, coaches, front office staff who shaved heads to support Mike Aviles gather for group photos

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On Thursday, all Indians players, coaches and front office staff who shaved their heads to support Mike Aviles and his 4-year-old daughter, Adriana, gathered for a group photo at Progressive Field.

The group wore orange “Team Adriana” T-shirts for leukemia awareness. Adriana was diagnosed with leukemia, and all players, coaches and some front office staff – including Paul Dolan, GM Chris Antonetti and more – have shaved their heads in support.

Cleveland Indians owner Paul Dolan shaves head to support Mike Aviles, daughter Adriana

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Last month, we told you why all Tribe players and coaches have shaved their heads: to support utility man Mike Aviles, whose daughter, Adriana, is battling leukemia.

Today, we added another man to the group: Indians owner Paul Dolan.

Aviles said throughout the 10-minute haircut — he’s a pretty good barber! — that he sincerely appreciated Dolan’s support for him, his daughter and the rest of the team.

–TribeVibe contributor Joel Hammond

PHOTO GALLERY: Cleveland Indians bats come alive in 12-3 win over Texas


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The Cleveland Indians used an offensive outburst to salvage the finale of a tightly contested three-game series with the Texas Rangers at Progressive Field.

Every Indians starter had at least one run and one hit — the box score is crazy.

–Photos by Dan Mendlik and Sarah Sachs

Cleveland Indians players, coaches shave heads to support Mike Aviles, daughter Adriana

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Cleveland Indians players and coaches including Jason Kipnis, Yan Gomes and Mickey Callaway have saved their heads to support Mike Aviles and his family; Aviles’ 4-year-old daughter, Adriana, was diagnosed recently with leukemia.

From Wednesday’s broadcast:


It began with only a handful of players during the Indians’ last road trip. Slowly, more and more members of Cleveland’s team and staff began joining the cause, shaving their heads as a collective show of support for Mike Aviles‘ young daughter.

Earlier this month, Aviles’ 4-year-old girl, Adriana, was diagnosed with leukemia and has a tough road ahead in battling the disease. Aviles said Adriana laughed at her dad when he buzzed his hair and said he looked funny. As more and more people have followed with closely cropped hair, Aviles has felt overwhelmed.

“It means a lot for me,” Aviles said on Wednesday morning. “It goes without saying, everybody in here has families, and they know how it is. It’s a tough time, but to know that my team, the coaching staff, everybody, is on my family’s side and my little girl’s side, it helps out a lot and makes me feel good.”

PHOTO GALLERY: Cleveland Indians win sixth straight, sweep Cincinnati Reds

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–Photos by Dan Mendlik, Sarah Sachs

PHOTO GALLERY: Indians beat White Sox to split two-gamer

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–Photos by Dan Mendlik, Sarah Sachs

PHOTO GALLERY: Batting practice, April 14 vs. White Sox at Progressive Field

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Tribe finishes off a quick first homestand with a two-gamer against the White Sox!

–Photos by Sarah Sachs

Presenting: Indians Mean Tweets

The Cleveland Indians have received a lot of national attention lately (read about it here), but that hasn’t stopped fans from being slightly critical. Indians players, staff and some special guests decided to fire back to the negative Twitter comments. Their reactions do not disappoint.

(By the way, we still don’t know what JIXES are…)

PHOTOS: Indians beat Giants behind mammoth homers by Moss, Sands

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While you were sleeping, Brandon Moss homered and Jerry Sands did the below — hit a mammoth, 480-foot homer over the 55-foot batter’s eye at Goodyear Ballpark — as the Tribe took down the Giants, 9-5. Fun night.

–Photos by Dan Mendlik


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