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You may have picked up that we love to show off our photographers’ work. Baseball, especially a great win in front of a large, rowdy crowd, lends itself to great shots — but our guys are fantastic.
And they outdid themselves last night.
–Photos by Dan Mendlik and David Cleveland
Indians first baseman/designated hitter Nick Swisher announced that he and his wife JoAnna will be hosting their first charity event in Cleveland on Monday, July 28th. The event, MISSION SWISHER, is a scavenger hunt that will take place at Progressive Field from 4:00-8:00 p.m where 15 teams will be after an ultimate prize.
“This event is going to be so much fun for people of all ages.” said Swisher. “It gives everyone a chance to experience the ballpark in a whole new way and hopefully raise a lot of money for a great cause. We’re blessed to have the opportunity and can’t wait to get our hands dirty.”
Each team will consist of eight contestants paired with a celebrity guest. Several Cleveland area athletes and entertainers are expected to be in attendance. For every clue that is found, each team will receive a certain number of points. The team that receives the most amount of points in the shortest possible time will win.
Immediately following the event will be an after party in The Collection Auto Club with food, drinks, an awards ceremony and silent auction. MISSION SWISHER is family friendly and welcome to all ages!
All proceeds will benefit The Swisher Family Foundation,501 (c)(3) non-profit organization designed to help all children in need with vital medical care, education and recreational activities. The Foundation also supports essential programs that will make a difference in a child’s life, while also helping to raise self-esteem to help create a bright future for children.
For more information, please contact Kimberly Crossett at MVP Sports Group: email@example.com or at 310-525-3755.
Michael Brantley homered and drove in 3 runs and Nick Swisher hit a go-ahead two-run homer.
But Stevie Siekaniec drew a big ovation on Tuesday as well, for this catch:
Stevie, with his dad, Dave, and some friends, made the slick play on a foul ball by Ichiro. When asked what he thought when he saw the ball coming his way, he said, “I was thinking that I was going to catch it.”
The Siekaniecs, from Eastlake, probably had an interesting ride home: Dad said in his 35 years or so of coming to the ballpark – first Cleveland Municipal Stadium, then Jacobs Field and now Progressive Field – he’s never caught one.
Stevie’s had good training, though: He’s a baseball player, and wears No. 41, for Carlos Santana.
–TribeVibe contributor Joel Hammond
Fun, busy day at the ol’ ballyard!
–Photos by David Cleveland
–Photos by David Cleveland/Dan Mendlik
–Photos by David Cleveland
Nick Swisher’s walk-off Grand Slam got us thinking — what was the most memorable walk-off Grand Slam in ballpark history? Here are four. Head to our Twitter account on Friday morning to vote which one you like best!
Let’s first offer another look at Swish’s:
Now, let’s look at three other memorable ones:
July 18, 1995: The last time the Indians did it against the Angels — off all-time great closer Lee Smith.
April 29, 2011: Carlos did it in 2011 against a familiar foe that may or may not be coming to town this weekend.
July 7, 2011: And Travis Hafner did it later that season.
GRAND FINALE: The Indians recorded their 6th walk-off win of the season, as Nick Swisher connected for a game-winning grand slam in the bottom of the 10th after the Angels jumped out to a 3-1 lead in the top half of the frame…marked the 9th walk-off grand slam in the history of Progressive Field (1994-present), first since Travis Hafner on July 7, 2011 vs. Toronto – 2 of the 9 w/o grand slams here in Cleveland have come vs. LAA – also Albert Belle on July 18, 1995…additionally, marks the first walk-off grand slam in extra-innings here at Progressive Field – 3rd in Cleveland since 1962 (Don Dillard, 7/4/1962 vs. DET & Carlos Martinez 9/6/1992 vs. SEA)…four of the six Cleveland walk-off victories this season have come by way of the long ball, as Michael Brantley (5/19 vs. DET), Michael Bourn (6/1 vs. COL) and Asdrubal Cabrera (6/4 vs. BOS) have also notched game-winning long balls…tonight’s game-winner marks the 74th walk-off home run in the history of Progressive Field – the most by any team over that span.
WALK-OFF WINS BY CLEVELAND IN 2014 (6)
- May 7 vs. Minnesota (4-3): Mike Aviles RBI-single in 9th
- May 19 vs. Detroit (5-4, 10): Michael Brantley solo HR
- May 21 vs. Detroit (11-10, 13): Alburquerque bases-loaded balk
- June 1 vs. Colorado (6-4): Michael Bourn 2-run HR
- June 4 vs. Boston (7-4, 12): Asdrubal Cabrera 3-run HR
- June 19 vs. Los Angeles-AL (5-3 10): Nick Swisher grand slam
- Ended today’s game with a 2-out, walk-off grand slam off Angels closer Ernesto Frieri in the bottom of the 10th inning
- For his career, it marked his 8th walk-off plate appearance, 6th walk-off hit and 4th walk-off homer (first walk-off grand slam), the other game-ending big flies coming on: Aug. 5, 2008 vs. Chicago-AL (B14th, 3-run), Sept. 8, 2009 vs. Tampa Bay (B9th, solo) and Sept. 8, 2010 vs. Baltimore (B9th, 2-run)…has 2 extra-inning, game-winning home runs in the past 5 days, as Swisher also broke a 2-2 tie with an 11th-inning solo shot on Sunday to beat the Red Sox 3-2 at Fenway Park.
- The Indians notched their 19th come-from-behind of the season to cap a 2-1 rain-shortened series victory over the Angels…Tribe has now won 4-straight and 7 of last 8 series at home, improving to 8-3-0 in 11 series played here in Cleveland this season.
- Cleveland owns the highest home winning percentage in the Majors, going 23-12 (.629) at Progressive Field this season…Indians have won 11 of 12, 14 of 18 and 20 of the clubs last 27 games here in Cleveland.
- Did not factor into today’s decision despite working 7.0 quality innings, limiting the Angels to just one run – scored on a WP in T2nd – on 4 hits and 3 walks, while registering 5 strikeouts (ND, 7.0 IP, 4 H, 1 R-ER, 3 BB, 5 SO, 1 WP, 116 pitches/66 strikes).
- Tossed a season-high 116 pitches, while completing 7.0 full innings for the second time in his last 4 starts – 5th on the season.
- After going 2-4 with a 5.21 ERA (39 ER/67.1 IP) through his first 12 starts of the season (March/April-May), Masterson has allowed just 8 earned runs across 21.2 innings in 4 starts in the month of June to lower ERA on the season from 5.21 to 4.75.
- Has gone 3-1 with a 3.54 ERA (19 ER/48.1 IP) across 8 home starts this season, reeling off back-to-back 7.0 inning performances, while allowing 2 or fewer runs for the first time since May 13 & 19, 2013.
- In now 10 starts vs. the Angels since being acquired by the Tribe in 2009, Masterson has gone 4-1 with a 2.32 ERA (17 ER/66.0 IP) – his lowest mark vs. an American League club.
- Crockett earned his first Major League win after getting Josh Hamilton to pop out to end the top half of the 10th for the Halos…across 2 stints with the Indians this season, Crockett owns a 1.23 ERA (1 ER/7.1 IP, 5 H, 3 BB, 3 SO).
–Photos by Dan Mendlik, David Cleveland/Info via Baseball Information Department
The Indians were joined by Cavs point guard Kyrie Irving today for BP — check out photos from today’s session!
–Photos by David Cleveland
(Editor’s note: This story reprinted with permission from the Akron Beacon Journal.)
BY MARLA RIDENOUR
Akron Beacon Journal
BOSTON: Bryson Bourn and Giovanni Brantley chased each other around a table in the Indians’ clubhouse after a recent Sunday home game. It was not an unusual sight; baseball players’ sons have been coming to the park with their fathers for decades.
But what was going on nearby was not the norm. At another table sat three little girls who looked to be ages 4 to 6, who were eating, chatting and ignoring the raucous boys.
All season, Indians’ fathers have been bringing their daughters into the postgame clubhouse on Sundays at Progressive Field. The idea came from designated hitter Jason Giambi, who said he was thinking outside the box as he prepared to interview for the Colorado Rockies’ managerial vacancy before the 2013 season. Giambi has a 2½-year-old daughter, London.
“I had to take a step back. ‘If I’m managing, how would the team represent me?’ ” Giambi said Saturday before the Indians faced the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park. “That’s what you have to do, you have to have that connection with your players. There’s so many little girls, and daddies always have their little girls. It would be something cool they could share.”
Manager Terry Francona, who grew up going to major league games with his father, Tito, and General Manager Chris Antonetti signed off on the plan. The Indians were overwhelmingly in favor.
“We’ve got like 35 to 40 kids on this team. This is by far the most I’ve ever been a part of,” nine-year veteran Nick Swisher said.
“Obviously everybody was OK with it because there’s 900 daughters on this team,” said Mike Aviles. He has three — Kyla, 9, and twins Adriana and Maiya, 3.
Home clubhouse and equipment manager Tony Amato loved the idea and found garment racks that the Indians hang their street clothes on when they dress before the game. The racks are rolled into the shower area near the trainers’ room for later, when the doors open for the kids.
Right fielder David Murphy, with daughters Madison, 6, and Faith, 5, and son Cole, 3, likes that the Indians are teaching their children equality, even if they don’t know it yet.
“Ever since they’ve been old enough to realize my son can come in the clubhouse any time, they get a little jealous,” Murphy said of his girls. “We try to make this game and the organization as family-friendly as possible, but in a lot of situations it has to exclude females. I think it’s awesome the way the girls have gotten to come in the clubhouse because they want to see what daddy does as much as our little boys do. It makes them feel special and I guess it makes them feel on the inside of things as opposed to the outside.”
Nick Swisher said his 1-year-old daughter, Emerson, grabs the bag in his locker and plays with the baseballs. She’s enjoying a little of what Nick saw as a kid when his father, Steve, played for the Cubs, Cardinals and Padres.
“She’s having a blast,” Swisher said. “I grew up in the locker room; it’s the only thing I’ve ever known in my life. Now to be able to give that gift — I guess you could call it a gift — to my daughter. There’s so many guys who have daughters. We said, ‘We can’t be pushing them out and just letting the boys come in.’ ”
Aviles said Swisher once taped his twins’ wrists, so they go straight for the tape.
“They pull it out and think it’s a lasso,” Aviles said.
Aviles said Ryan Raburn’s daughter Taytum, 3, wants to go to the batting cage. Murphy’s daughters love the candy. On the recent Sunday, Corey Kluber cracked a rare smile as his daughters Kendall and Kennedy spun around in the black leather chairs in front of his locker.
“That’s a big day,” Giambi said, acknowledging Kluber’s stoicism.
The first time London Giambi visited, the Indians had just returned from spring training, and the families’ personal items and kids’ toys lined the hallway to the dugout.
“She was like, ‘I want that bike and that bike.’ She thought it was Christmas,” said Giambi, 43. “I’ve been a lot of years in this game and I never had that. When they’re old enough, girls will take those memories with them.”