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Cleveland Indians Charities High School Hardball Classic presented by Novacare Rehabilitation set for April 11, April 13


Six area teams to take part in 11th annual event benefiting CIC

The 11th annual Cleveland Indians Charities (CIC) High School Hardball Classic presented by Novacare Rehabilitation, featuring six area high school baseball teams, will be played at Progressive Field Friday, April 11 and April 13.

The schedule is as follows:

April 11

5:30PM: St. Ignatius vs. Avon Lake

8PM: Gilmour Academy vs. University School

April 13:

11AM: Highland vs. Elyria Catholic

Tickets for the event can be purchased in advance for $5 at the Progressive Field Box Office or Progressive Field Team Shop. Tickets can also be purchased on the day of the event for $7 each. All proceeds from the event will benefit Cleveland Indians Charities, which is celebrating its 26th year. (Rain date for this year’s event is Sunday, April 13.)

Since 1989, CIC has donated nearly $10 million to youth-oriented agencies and organizations of Northeast Ohio, including a $1 million donation in April 2012 to the Boys and Girls Clubs of Cleveland’s “Save the Kids” campaign. Additionally, Cleveland Metropolitan School District high school baseball and softball programs are made possible due to the multi-million-dollar commitment from CIC.

Three generations of Tribe fans enjoy grandson’s first game


There’s nothing like taking in a baseball game with your family.

Larry Mitchell — who was born in 1948, the year the Indians last won a World Series — would bring his sons, Scott and David, to Tribe games when they were kids. Now Scott Mitchell is passing on his love of the game to his four-year old son, Andrew.

“This is Andrew’s first Indians game ever, so he’s pretty excited,” Scott said last week at Progressive Field. Even at the ripe old age of 4, Andrew already has a love for pitching. “He is looking forward to playing baseball this summer.”

Scott also works for Indians Radio Network affiliate WLEC Sandusky, which has been airing Tribe games for decades. His family cherishes memories from the 90′s at then Jacobs Field, remembering Lofton scaling the center field fence to steal a home run — but Scott said one of his favorite moments was the infamous Giambi walk-off last year.

Maybe someday Andrew will bring his son to the ballpark to eat cracker jacks, drink too much hot chocolate, and cheer like crazy for the home team.

– TribeVibe contributor Courtney Shilling

(Editor’s Note: We’re always looking for great stories such as this one to feature in this space. If you have such a story, tip us off by emailing Thanks!)

Through Tribe Rewards, Indians Season Ticket Holder has experience of a lifetime

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Think being a Season Ticket Holder pays? Just ask Mike Gersper.

The 35-year-old downtown Cleveland resident, also a Season Ticket Holder of the Cavs, Browns, Charge, Gladiators and Monsters, along with a youth tee-ball coach in Ohio City and a member of Downtown Cleveland Improvement Corp. board, redeemed his Tribe Rewards points for the experience of a lifetime on Tuesday – a ceremonial first pitch.

The Silver Tier Tribe Rewards member won the first pitch in an auction for about 10,000 Tribe Rewards points. Better yet? April 8 was his birthday.

Gersper threw his pitch to Tribe pitcher Danny Salazar, and it was right down the middle – if lobbed a little.

Afterward, he said it was a little intimidating.

“It’s far,” he said with a chuckle. “”I have always been proud to be an Indians Season Ticket Holder. It was truly a special moment to stand on the same pitching mound as countless Indians legends. I sincerely appreciate the Indians allowing me to celebrate my birthday by throwing out the first pitch.  My family will cherish this memory for years to come.”

Not only do Indians Season Ticket Holders save money over the price of Single-Game tickets – in 2013, Season Ticket Holders saved on average 40%– but they also receive Single-Game On-Sale and Postseason ticket priorities, along with access to Tribe Rewards. In Tribe Rewards, points are awarded based on spend and tenure as well as other bonus activities, and can be used on a variety of rewards based on each Season Ticket Holders’ own preference.

For more information on becoming an Indians Season Ticket Holder, visit or call us at 216-420-HITS.

–TribeVibe contributor Joel Hammond

In year marking 20 years at Progressive Field, Cleveland Indians to welcome 50 millionth fan

Both teams are lined up for the pre game ceremonies.

Ballpark has generated more than $221 million in average annual sales, $15 million in state and local tax impact

Progressive Field will welcome its 50 millionth paid customer this year and enter its third decade of service. The Tribe began another season of baseball on April 4 — 20 years exactly to the day in 1994 when the first regular season game was played at Progressive Field (then known as Jacobs Field).

And what a ride it has been: Since its opening in 1994, consider the significant economic impact Progressive Field has had on the City of Cleveland and Cuyahoga County:

  • Average annualized job creation of 2,500 jobs
  • Average sales impact of $221 million per year
  • State and local tax revenues of nearly $15 million per year

For the City of Cleveland, had it not been for the Cleveland Indians playing on the corner of Carnegie and Ontario, the following results would not have been realized*:

  • $4.2 billion in sales
  • $1.75 billion in earnings (employee wages, employer contributions to pensions, self-employed earnings)
  • $279 million in state and local taxes

The return of baseball in Cleveland also is significant for the businesses surrounding Progressive Field, as noted by the significant economic impact created by the direct spending of the Indians organization in conducting their business operations, as well as the direct spending of all the visitors that come downtown to watch the Indians play.

“Businesses that benefit from the direct spending of the Indians and the fans then increase their spending at other local businesses,” said Ken Stefanov, Indians Chief Financial Officer, who’s been with the club since 1990.

“The direct and indirect spending powered by the Indians business activities lead to increased personal income, inducing greater household spending locally. Ultimately, this domino effect has resulted in the $4.2 billion sales figure generated over the past 20 years.”

“We are very proud of the role we play in our community — from both an economic impact as well as our charitable community impact,” said Indians President Mark Shapiro. “We are driven to make the fans the center of our focus, in a safe, clean and modern Progressive Field.”

*–Source: Cleveland Indians Economic and Fiscal Impact Analysis Topline Report, November 2013, for period 1994-2012

Brohio Governor finalist Eric Pratt pops the question at Progressive Field


The last time we saw Eric Pratt, he was campaigning to be the first Governor of Brohio at Tribe Fest in January at Progressive Field.

We caught back up with him on Saturday at Progressive Field for an even more exciting reason: The man that Nick Swisher called the “Flex Man” proposed to his girlfriend, Katie O’Donnell, at the ballpark!

Pratt, who works at Lakewood-based University Tees – by coincidence, with the elected Governor of Brohio, Adam Gockowski – was nervous as he and Katie, along with family and friends, took a tour of the ballpark. But he was cool and collected as he got to one knee and popped the big question.

As you can see from the picture above, she said yes. More memories created at Progressive Field!

–TribeVibe contributor Joel Hammond

Photo Gallery: Home Opener win!

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The Indians beat the Twins, 7-2, in a rain-delayed Home Opener victory. Here are the postgame notes distributed to media:


  • Played the 114th home opener in Indians franchise history and the 21st home opener here at Progressive Field…today’s win over the Twins snapped a 5-year losing streak in home openers for the Tribe, first since a 10-8 victory over the Chicago White Sox to begin the 2008 campaign…Indians are 59-55 all-time in home openers, including an 11-10 record at Progressive Field…improved to 5-1 all-time in home openers played against Minnesota (5-0 at Progessive Field)…with today’s crowd of 41,274, the Indians have sold out all 21 home openers played at Progressive Field.
  • Cleveland has won 7 straight games against Minnesota dating back to last season, going 14-6 since the start of 2013…current 7-game streak is Tribe’s longest against the Twins since winning 8 straight against Minnesota from Aug. 12-Sept. 24, 2011.


  • At 24 years, 83 days, became the youngest Indians pitcher to start a home opener since RHP DENNIS ECKERSLEY (21 yrs., 190 days) took the mound in a 3-1 loss on April 10, 1976 vs. Detroit…today marked his first start of the 2014 season after beginning the year as the club’s No. 4 starter.
  • Fell one out shy of finishing 6.0 complete frames (5.2 IP, 7 H, 2 R-ER, 3 BB-1 IBB, 4 SO, 1 HR, 95 pitches/55 strikes) and surrendered both runs he allowed in the first inning…did not factor into this afternoon’s decision, as the Tribe erased the 2-0 deficit with 3 runs in the bottom of the 6th shortly after his departure.


  • Put Cleveland on the board with a solo home run to lead off the Indians half of the 6th inning, his first of the season…has homered in 2 of his last 5 games dating back to last season, all against Minnesota (last Sept. 26, 2013 at Target Field).
  • Added a one-out single in the 7th inning for his first multi-hit effort of the season.


  • Erased a 2-1 deficit with a 2-run homer off Pelfrey in the 7th to score Chisenhall (walked following Gomes solo HR), giving the Indians a 3-2 lead they would not relinquish…had been 3-for-16 with 4 strikeouts in his career against Pelfrey prior to that plate appearance…missed another home run by several feet with an RBI-double in the 7th.
  • Ranks 2nd on the team behind Brantley (5) with 4 RBI on this young season, as the Indians are now 33-12 in games when Swisher drives in at least one run since the start of last season (2-0 in 2014).


  • Leads the team with 5 RBI this season after picking up a 2-out, 2-run single in the 7th inning to cap Cleveland’s scoring for the day…is 5-for-15 with a pair of doubles through 4 games.


  • Retired both batters he faced on 5 combined pitches and was the pitcher of record during the Tribe’s 3-run rally in the 6th to notch his first win of the year (2 G, 1.2 scoreless IP)…has won each of his last 5 decisions dating back to Oct. 1, 2012, a stretch that spans 65 relief appearances.

What fans need to know for the Opening Homestand vs. the Twins and Padres


Here’s what fans need to know for the first homestand of the season at Progressive Field, April 4-9, with three-game series vs. the Twins and Padres!


Friday, April 4 vs. Twins  @ 3:05PM *ALL GATES: OPEN at 1:00PM — Indians encourage fans to be in their seats by 2:30 to enjoy all pre-game festivities

Broadcast Information: STO-HD, WKYC-HD; WTAM/WMMS/IRN

Magnet Schedule with Car Magnet, courtesy of Progressive Insurance (all fans): Keep your 2014 schedule on your refrigerator all year!

  • Rally Alley, presented by RTA: Street performers, concession kiosks, Carlos Baerga autograph signings and more will be featured. Plus, SportsTime Ohio will broadcast live from 12-2PM, WTAM will broadcast live from 9AM-2PM, and will broadcast live from 11:30AM-2:30PM. Click here for more info: >> Indians Rally Alley
  •  Time: Noon-3PM

Opening Day Festivities: On the 20th anniversary of the first game at then-Jacobs Field, we’ll celebrate those 20 years, including:

  • Video tribute to the first game at then-Jacobs Field, on April 4, 1994 vs. Seattle
  • Raising a 20th-anniversary flag, which features eight Postseason pennants
  • Recognition of select Season Ticket Holders who have been with the Indians since 1994
  • Recognition of the 2013 Postseason team
  • Mike Hargrove throwing a ceremonial first pitch to Sandy Alomar Jr.
  • Moment of silence for late broadcaster Mike Hegan

Transportation information: Due to the popularity of Opening Day, the Indians and RTA encourage fans to take public transportation to and from the ballpark on Friday. For maps, route information and more from RTA, visit

Color guards:The Indians will celebrate all five branches of the United States Military with color guards from the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines and Coast Guard.

National Anthem: Members of The Cleveland Orchestra String Section, a number of whom performed the anthem on April 4, 1994, will perform.

Gateway Plaza activities: Budweiser Build-a-Bar serving Budweiser Day-Fresh Drafts, Chevy Corvette Stingrays Display and Progressive Insurance’s Flo’s Rock N’ Rally trailer.

Providence House check presentation: Nick Swisher and his wife, JoAnna, will present a check worth $50,000 to Providence House, a Cleveland shelter that works to assist at-risk families.

Lenten food offerings: Concession stands will offer many options for Catholics in attendance who observe Lenten traditions. They include:

  • Veggie Dogs: Sections 162 and 541
  • Salads: Sections 108, 162, 550
  • Nachos: Sections 121, 154, 162, 171, 181, 311, 529, 556 and 558
  • Cheese Pizza: Sections 101, 152, 555
  • Fish Sandwich: Sections 101, 152, 164, 562


Saturday, April 5 vs. Twins @ 1:05PM *ALL GATES: OPEN at 11:30AM

Broadcast Information: Fox Sports 1; WTAM/WMMS/IRN

Progressive Insurance’s Flo’s Rock N’ Rally trailer:Kids and adults can play carnival games on Gateway Plaza.

Brohio:Newly elected Brohio Governor Adam Gockowski will lead the charge from Brohio, in Section 117, at Progressive Field for all Friday and Saturday games. A new T-shirt design is available for all fans purchasing tickets in Brohio in 2014. More information is available at

Terrace Club: The Terrace Club is open to the public in 2014, and fans can make reservations by visiting and searching for the Terrace Club.

Carlos Baerga meet and greets: Meet the Tribe legend in Heritage Park before the game.


Sunday, April 6 vs. Twins @ 1:05PM *ALL GATES: OPEN at 11:30AM (Gate C at 11AM)

Broadcast Information: STO-HD, WTAM/WMMS/IRN

Kids Run the Bases Presented by Cleveland Clinic Children’s: Young Tribe fans will have the opportunity to run around the bases like their favorite players. All kids (12 & Under) can stay immediately after the game to take part, and will receive a giveaway item from Cleveland Clinic Children’s when they’re finished.

Progressive Insurance’s Flo’s Rock N’ Rally trailer: Kids and adults can play carnival games on Gateway Plaza.


Monday, April 7 vs. Padres  @ 7:05PM *ALL GATES: OPEN at 6:00PM (Gate C/East Pedestrian Bridge open at 4:30PM)

Broadcast Information: STO-HD; WTAM/WMMS/IRN


Tuesday, April 8, vs. Padres @ 7:05PM *ALL GATES: OPEN at 6:00PM (Gate C/East Pedestrian Bridge open at 4:30PM)

Broadcast Information: STO-HD; WTAM/WMMS/IRN


Wednesday, April 9, vs. Padres @ 12:05PM *ALL GATES: OPEN at 11:00AM

Broadcast Information: STO-HD; WTAM/WMMS/IRN


Cleveland Indians announce ‘Tribe Town Memories’ fan initiative, will display fan photos in player tunnel


Fans can submit photos, essays and videos to potentially be included in new mural that players will see in tunnel from clubhouse to dugout and field

As part of the Cleveland Indians continued efforts to connect players to the organization’s many generations of fans, the club has launched an exciting new initiative, “Tribe Town Memories.”

Through Tribe Town Memories, fans can have their photos displayed in the tunnel leading from the home clubhouse at Progressive Field to the home dugout and field areas. The tunnel is used by players, managers and coaches multiple times each day as they arrive at the ballpark for Batting Practice and prepare for each day’s first pitch.

To participate, fans can visit beginning today to submit their photos using an easy photo upload form. Fans also have the option at that site to submit essays, video links and memory descriptions that will accompany their photo memories in an online gallery on

Photos not chosen for the clubhouse mural still will be featured online for Tribe fans to share and enjoy. The deadline for fan memory submissions is April 21.

“I have a special affection for this team and this town. I spent my childhood here. I want every player on this ballclub to know what this team means to its fans and our city,” said Indians Manager Terry Francona.

“As our guys walk out to the field, I want them to be reminded of the passion that our fans have for this team. I believe there’s real power in that.”

Cleveland Indians announce new food and beverage offerings for 2014 at Progressive Field


Terrace Club now completely open to the public; reservations available through OpenTable

Great Lakes Brewing Co., Sam Adams, New Belgium Brewing Company, Bob Evans will have presence in ballpark

KeyBank Kids Value Tickets offer families more affordable option; tickets come with loaded value for use on concessions and merchandise

The Cleveland Indians announced exciting new additions to the food and beverage lineup at Progressive Field for the 2014 season.

The Terrace Club will be open to the general public for the first time in 2014, with fans able to make reservations beginning on March 31. Reservations will be available through or the Open Table mobile app, or by calling 216-420-4700 on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10AM-4PM.

The Indians have new in-park partnerships with Ohio City-based brewery Great Lakes Brewing Co., The New Belgium Brewing Company (makers of Fat Tire and the nation’s No. 3 craft brewer), and Sam Adams Brewing Company. Each company’s beers will be featured on carts outside Section 150 on the Progressive Field concourse, behind home plate.

Also new are Bob Evans sausage bars at sections 115 and 157. The bars will feature Bob Evans grilled sausages with your choice of toppings and served with a side of chips. Cleveland-based Pierre’s Ice Cream will bring its “Fresh” soft serve concept to seven concession locations (sections 107, 121, 138, 152, 158, 181 and 550).

Families will be able to enjoy concessions more affordably with the newly announced KeyBank Kids Value Tickets.

KeyBank Kids Value Tickets give kids $15 loaded value for use on concessions (excluding alcohol) or merchandise in the ballpark. Tickets must be purchased with a full-price adult ticket, and are limited to two kids tickets with each adult ticket. Tickets must be purchased online at least 48 hours in advance of game time, and are good for Mezzanine and Upper Box sections. More details are available at

Plus, the Indians 4-3-2-1 program returns for a second consecutive season. After listening to fan feedback regarding concessions prices, we reduced prices on many items for the 2013 season.

The 4-3-2-1 program features:

  • $4 12-ounce domestic (non-craft) can or draft beers
  • $3 hot dogs
  • $2 soda refills
  • $1 Sugardale hot dogs on 13 nights (see for full schedule)

Beginning March 20, Season Ticket Holders can make Terrace Club reservations on OpenTable


Season Ticket Holders will get the first opportunity to make reservations for the Terrace Club in 2014!

Reservations will be available beginning next week for the entire 2014 season. To make reservations, Season Ticket Holders should call the reservation line at 216-420-4700 between March 20-28 from 10AM-4PM.

Also new for this year: Season Ticket Holders can use the popular OpenTable to make reservations for the Terrace Club beginning on March 31.

OpenTable is easy to use. Here are instructions:

  2. By Location: Cleveland
  3. By Restaurant name: The Terrace Club
  4. Select date:
  5. Select Time:
  6. Select # of guests:
  7. Click: Find a Table
  8. Select reservation time: 5:00 or 7:00 example
  9. Enter required information: First and Last name, mobile phone and email
    1. We will send you an email confirmation of your reservation

OpenTable also offers a mobile app, if Season Ticket Holders prefer to make reservations that way.


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