Results tagged ‘ Progressive Field ’

August 29 – September 8 Homestand: Start fall right at Progressive Field

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The first-place Indians return to Progressive Field on Monday, August 29 to take on the Twins (August 29-31), Marlins (September 2-4) and Astros (September 5-8). Fans can soak in the summer sun at the ballpark as we approach September. Fans can start fall right by attending the game on Friday, September, 2 vs. the Marlins, featuring $2 Budweiser cans in the Right Field District from 5-7PM, Sugardale Dollar Dog Night, a Block Party and “Mash Ups” fireworks. Weekend fun continues on Saturday, September 3 with a Block Party and “Motown” fireworks. Additionally, 12,500 fans will receive a Carlos Baerga jersey courtesy of FirstEnergy.

 

GUARANTEE POSTSEASON PRIORITY WITH 2017 SEASON TICKET PURCHASE

Cleveland Indians fans now can secure priority access to tickets for any 2016 Postseason game played at Progressive Field by buying 2017 Indians Season Tickets. Along with current Tribe Season Ticket Holders, fans who buy 2017 Indians Season Tickets will receive access to a Postseason ticket presale before any public Postseason ticket on-sale.

Indians Season Tickets offer many perks, including:

  • Priority Postseason access
  • Priority Opening Day access
  • Substantial savings over Single-Game ticket prices
  • Tribe Rewards access
  • And plenty more

Visit www.indians.com/postseason for more information and to buy 2017 Indians Season Tickets or call Season Ticket representatives at 216-420-HITS for more information. Fans attending games may also speak directly to Indians Ticket representatives by visiting the Tribe Rewards kiosk, located behind Section 156 on the lower concourse.

 

TWINS SERIES FOCUS/PROMOTIONS/EVENTS

Monday, August 29 vs. Twins @ 7:10PM

*ALL GATES: OPEN at 6PM (Right Field Gate/Family Deck open at 5PM)
Broadcast Information: SportsTime Ohio-HD, WTAM/WMMS/IRN

Lindor Smile Squad: Each homestand the Indians host a Miracle League family to provide a memorable experience at Progressive Field. Indians shortstop Francisco Lindor is the ambassador for this program – during batting practice he will sign autographs and visit with guests.

 

Tuesday, August 30 vs. Twins @ 7:10PM

*ALL GATES: OPEN at 6PM (Right Field Gate/Family Deck open at 5PM)
Broadcast Information: SportsTime Ohio-HD, WTAM/WMMS/IRN

Toto to attend game: American rock band Toto, known for their song “Africa,” will attend the game and assist with an in-game contest.

Ballpark App: Download MLB.com’s Ballpark app presented by KeyBank and stay up to date on all things Tribe. Ballpark features mobile check-in offers from KeyBank, New Era and other partners, an interactive concourse map, exclusive team videos and more. Fans can also easily manage their tickets digitally through the app, and gain access to the Indians mobile-only entrance at the Right Field Gate.

 

Wednesday, August 31 vs. Twins @ 7:10PM

*ALL GATES: OPEN at 6PM (Right Field Gate/Family Deck open at 5PM)
Broadcast Information: SportsTime Ohio-HD, WTAM/WMMS/IRN

Ceremonial First Pitch: Columbus Blue Jackets player Boone Jenner will throw out the ceremonial first pitch.

Kluber’s Kids: This new program, presented by Cleveland Clinic Children’s, hosts a Cleveland Clinic Children’s patient and their family every homestand. Guests have a pregame experience that includes watching batting practice and meeting Corey Kluber.

 

MARLINS SERIES FOCUS/PROMOTIONS/EVENTS

Friday, September 2 vs. Marlins @ 7:10PM

*ALL GATES: OPEN at 5PM
Broadcast Information: SportsTime Ohio-HD, WTAM/WMMS/IRN

Pregame in the District presented by Budweiser: Pregame in the District presented by Budweiser features $2 Budweiser cans from 5-7PM in the Right Field District.

Sugardale Dollar Dog Night: The Indians will have 11 Sugardale Dollar Dog Nights throughout the 2016 season. Fans can also enjoy Sugardale samplings pregame at Gateway Plaza.

Post-game Fireworks: Fans can enjoy ‘Mashups’-themed postgame fireworks.

Block Party: Block Parties include live pregame entertainment featuring music on the RTA stage, DJs, giant cornhole, Jenga and pong. Block Parties are perfect for the entire group to get pumped to cheer on the Tribe.

 

Saturday, September 3 vs. Marlins @ 7:10PM

*ALL GATES: OPEN at 5PM
Broadcast Information: SportsTime Ohio-HD, WTAM/WMMS/IRN

Carlos Baerga Jersey courtesy of FirstEnergy: 12,500 fans will receive a Carlos Baerga jersey courtesy of FirstEnergy.

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Post-game Fireworks: Fans can enjoy ‘Motown’-themed post-game fireworks.

Block Party: Block Parties include live pregame entertainment featuring live music on the RTA stage, DJs, giant cornhole, Jenga and pong. Block Parties are perfect for the entire group to get pumped to cheer on the Tribe.

ACE Hardware coupon: Fans will receive a coupon to ACE Hardware after the game.

 

Sunday, September 4 vs. Marlins @ 4:10PM

*ALL GATES: OPEN at 3PM (Right Field Gate/Family Deck open at 2PM)
Broadcast Information: SportsTime Ohio-HD, WTAM/WMMS/IRN

KeyBank Kids Fun Day: KeyBank Kids Fun Day allows kids to enjoy both the action on and off the field with various opportunities including Jungle Terry and more. A Tribe player also will participate in a Q&A with kids on the Family Deck at 11:45AM; this Q&A happens each Sunday home game at Progressive Field.

 

ASTROS SERIES FOCUS/PROMOTIONS/EVENTS

Monday, September 5 vs. Astros @ 7:10PM

*ALL GATES: OPEN at 6PM (Right Field Gate/Family Deck open at 5PM)
Broadcast Information: SportsTime Ohio-HD, WTAM/WMMS/IRN

District Ticket: Our $13 District Ticket, presented by SportsTime Ohio, is back! Fans can grab one only at Indians.com for a Standing Room Only ticket, and their first drink (12-ounce beer, bottled water or Pepsi product) is on us!

 

Tuesday, September 6 vs. Astros @ 7:10PM

*ALL GATES: OPEN at 6PM (Right Field Gate/Family Deck open at 5PM)
Broadcast Information: SportsTime Ohio-HD, WTAM/WMMS/IRN

Dunkin Donuts coupon: Fans will receive a coupon to Dunkin Donuts after the game.

 

Wednesday, September 7 vs. Astros @ 7:10PM

*ALL GATES: OPEN at 6PM (Right Field Gate/Family Deck open at 5PM)
Broadcast Information: SportsTime Ohio-HD, WTAM/WMMS/IRN

MLB Roberto Clemente Day: A presentation will take place during pregame to honor Roberto Clemente and the Tribe’s Clemente Award nominee, Carlos Carrasco.

 

Thursday, September 8 vs. Astros @ 12:10PM

*ALL GATES: OPEN at 11AM
Broadcast Information: SportsTime Ohio-HD, WTAM/WMMS/IRN

Today’s Getaway Game presented by the UPS Store: The UPS Store presents today’s getaway travel game. A representative from one of more than 40 local The UPS Store locations will throw out the first pitch.

Cleveland Indians Law Enforcement Night set for September 17

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Cheer on the Cleveland Indians in the pennant race and help us honor area and state law enforcement officers and agencies by attending Law Enforcement Night at Progressive Field. Law Enforcement Night is set to take place on Saturday, September 17 vs. the Detroit Tigers at 4:10PM.

$5 from each seat purchased for that Saturday’s game will be donated to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund, which is dedicated to honoring and remembering the service and sacrifice of law enforcement officers in the United States.

To make your purchase, visit www.indians.com/lawenforcement and use offer code: Law Enforcement. Questions and/or inquiries about purchasing nine or more seats together can be directed to JP Makrai at jmakrai@indians.com.

-TribeVibe contributor Hailey Ellis

The unlikely story of how Jose Ramirez became one of the Tribe’s biggest offensive surprises

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Jose Ramirez has been nothing short of incredible for us this season, but back in the Dominican Republic in 2009, Jose Ramirez was not the most sought after ballplayer, as Terry Pluto chronicles.

As Pluto writes, John Mirabelli, the Indians Senior Director of Scouting Operations said: “Jose was not close to being a top prospect. I don’t think he had any other offers except the one from us. I think Jose has surprised everybody.”

At age 17, Jose was older than most kids who were signed in the Dominican, as most of them had offers by 16. His stature was stocky, his power unclear but Tribe scout Ramon Pena say a raw athleticism in Ramirez that stood out to him.

Pluto writes: “There are events called the “Prospect League Games” in that country. It’s a place to scout the elite players.

‘Jose was not one of those guys,’ said Mirabelli. ‘He was a fill-in when someone else couldn’t play and they needed another guy. I was watching this game with Ramon Pena, and Jose was playing second base.’

Mirabelli said that was a concern.

‘The best Dominican players are at shortstop,’ he said. ‘The Dominican is known for their great shortstops. Jose was a small, stocky kid at second base. He didn’t look like a ballplayer. He wasn’t fluid. He didn’t have a great arm. He didn’t look that fast.’

He was just another guy playing on a lesser field.

‘But he got three hits that day,’ said Mirabelli.”

After watching him a bit more in 2009, the two decided to offer Ramirez a $50,000 signing bonus, well below the average of $200,000 at the time, but, nonetheless, a substantial amount of money for a Dominican kid paying baseball on overgrown ball fields.

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Ramirez hit his way through the farm system, before making his MLB debut in 2013, still far from the breakout season he was soon to have in 2016.

As Pluto chronicles, the praise for Jose Ramirez as an all-around baseball player only grew with his time in the Indians system: “He also knew how to play,” said Mirabelli. “He can steal a base. He can bunt. He did a very good job with the glove at second base. He may not have been a big-time athlete, but he’s a baseball player.”

Now, at age 23, Jose Ramirez is batting .305 with 10 HR and 57 RBI, an unbelievable addition to the first-place Tribe.

You can catch Pluto’s whole article here.

PHOTO GALLERY: Eighth-inning Jose Ramirez homer gives Cleveland Indians series win over Toronto Blue Jays

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The Indians rallied again to beat Toronto, 3-2, to win the teams’ weekend (2-1) and season series (4-3). The Tribe won on a walkoff (3-2) on Friday and lost (6-5) by a run on Saturday. The club’s AL Central lead remains seven games, as the Tigers beat Boston in Detroit.

Jose Ramirez, who tied Friday’s game in the ninth with a solo shot, hit a two-run homer in the eighth on Sunday to give the Tribe the lead. Cody Allen earned his 24th save.

Ramirez has hit safely in 19 of 20 August games, and is hitting .383 with five homers and 15 RBI this month.

Down, 2-0, the Tribe rallied in the sixth, on three consecutive singles by Carlos Santana, Jason Kipnis and Francisco Lindor, to cut the lead to 2-1. But a double play and strikeout later and Toronto starter Marcus Stroman had escaped.

Corey Kluber struck out eight in 6.2 innings, allowing those two runs. He lowered his ERA to 3.13 and continued to be a contender in, if not the leader of, the AL Cy Young race.

–photos by Dan Mendlik/Maureen MacGregor

PHOTO GALLERY: Cleveland Indians win on second straight Tyler Naquin walk-off

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Tyler Naquin hit a walkoff inside-the-park home run – his second straight game-winning RBI – as the Indians beat the Jays, 3-2 in front of 30,665 fans at Progressive Field. The Indians lead the American League Central by seven games, as Detroit lost to Boston.

Naquin’s walkoff inside-the-parker was the second in club history, with the other coming in 1916 – by Braggo Roth at Dunn Field (later named League Park). Naquin’s sac fly in the ninth on Thursday night scored Abraham Almonte to beat the White Sox. The Indians have seven walk-off wins this season.

Trevor Bauer struck out a career-high 13 batters, the seventh time he’s struck out 10 or more batters in his career.

Russell Martin hit a two-run homer in the first — after which Bauer allowed only three singles and a walk — to stake the Jays to the lead.

The Tribe rallied in the sixth, as Jason Kipnis singled, moved up on a passed ball and error, and scored on Mike Napoli’s RBI single that cut the lead in half.

–Photos by Dan Mendlik/Maureen MacGregor

Cleveland Indians third baseman Jose Ramirez’s fire orange hair becomes sensation, awesome T-shirt

Jose Ramirez tweeted this two weeks ago:

We, with the help of a pal on Twitter, turned it into this:

Another Twitter follower made an awesome shirt:

And the T-shirt maker sent him an extra one. So he gave it to Indians pitching coach Mickey Callaway:

And then Mickey gave it to Danny Salazar:

And THAT’S a fun story.

–TribeVibe contributor Joel Hammond

Cleveland Indians Executive Chef Josh Ingraham to represent Ohio in World Food Championships

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Cleveland Indians Executive Chef Josh Ingraham never stops pushing boundaries in the kitchen by constantly coming up with innovative and interesting creations. His latest — “The Un Meatball Sandwich” — a dish that he originally created for a guest at the Terrace Club at Progressive Field. “The Un Meatball Sandwich” features a bacon wrapped meatball with sweet potato angel hair and cranberry demi-glace; and is now an award-winning entree!

Ingraham entered the recipe in the Taste of America Challenge, winning a slot to represent Ohio in the World Food Championships this coming November in Orange Beach, Alabama. When asked about the opportunity, Ingraham said, “I’m thrilled to go and proud to have the chance to represent our team at Progressive Field.”  At the World Food Championships, Ingraham will compete against 65 of the country’s top culinarians.

 

We can’t wait to see and taste what he comes up with next!

-TribeVibe contributor Hailey Ellis

PHOTO GALLERY: Cleveland Indians beat Los Angeles Angels; Rock N Blast rocks Progressive Field crowd

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The Indians tied a club record with eight stolen bases, Jose Ramirez and Mike Napoli extended their hit streaks the Tribe beat the Angels, 13-3 on Friday night in front of 27,014 at Progressive Field.

The Tribe has outscored Los Angeles, 27-7, in this four game series’ first two games, and leads the Tigers by five games in the American League Central (six in the loss column).

The Tribe stole eight bases, tying the club’s single-game record set in 1917. Rajai Davis and Jose Ramirez each stole three bases; Davis leads the AL with 31 and is fourth in baseball. Ramirez now has 17 steals this year, tied for seventh in the AL. Francisco Lindor (15) and Jason Kipnis (11) also stole bases.

Notes:

  • Ramirez extended his hit streak to 16 games, during which he’s hitting .453 (29-64) with 14 runs, seven steals and 10 RBI. He hit his eighth homer, a solo shot, in the seventh
  • Mike Napoli extended his hit streak to 12 games, during which he’s hitting .432 (19-44)
  • Kipnis went 4-for-5 and is batting .365 since the All-Star break
  • Brandon Guyer had three hits, including a homer, walked and drove in five – the latter being a career high; in his first 14 ABs with the Indians, he has seven hits and three walks
  • Carlos Carrasco allowed three runs in seven innings, striking out eight

First-place Indians heat things up this weekend

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The first-place Indians return to Progressive Field on Thursday, August 11 to face the Angels, Red Sox, White Sox and Blue Jays in an 11-game homestand at Progressive Field – the longest homestand of the 2016 season. This homestand includes some of the season’s hottest promo items and events including a Bob Feller bobblehead courtesy of Meritech, Indians fedora courtesy of Cleveland.com, Francisco Lindor home white jersey courtesy of Liberty Ford and two nights of Rock N’ Blast presented by FirstEnergy.

Indians #TribeSocial Night set for August 17

The Indians will hold their 2016 Social Media Night on August 17 as the team takes on the White Sox. Participants will be able to enjoy the game and receive exclusive opportunities, including a player Q&A, early entry for BP and more! Additionally, fans will receive $5 loaded value on their ticket and a new “Rotation of Domination” T-shirt before they become available in the Progressive Field Team Shop.

Tickets for #TribeSocial Night include a game ticket in section 117 and can be purchased at Indians.com/socialmedianight for $24 (plus pre-order fee). Purchase deadline is Friday, Aug. 12.

 

ANGELS SERIES/PROMOTIONS/EVENTS:

Thursday, August 11 vs. Angels @ 7:10PM

*ALL GATES: OPEN at 6PM (Right Field Gate/Family Deck open at 5PM)

Broadcast Information: SportsTime Ohio-HD, WTAM/WMMS/IRN

Ceremonial First Pitch: Cleveland native and four-time Olympic Gold Medalist Harrison Dillard will throw the ceremonial first pitch with his granddaughter, Izmailia Sougoufara. Dillard competed in the 1948 and 1952 Olympics in track and field.

Friday, August 12 vs. Angels @ 7:10PM

*ALL GATES: OPEN at 5PM 

Broadcast Information: SportsTime Ohio-HD, WTAM/WMMS/IRN

Sugardale Dollar Dog Night: The Indians will have 11 Sugardale Dollar Dog Nights throughout the 2016 season. Fans can also enjoy Sugardale samplings pregame at Gateway Plaza.

Pregame in the District presented by Budweiser: Pregame in the District presented by Budweiser features $2 Budweiser cans from 5-7PM in the Right Field District.

Rock N’ Blast “One Louder” Fireworks presented by FirstEnergy: Rock N’ Blast fireworks presented by FirstEnergy celebrates live music experiences and legendary concerts in history. Rock N’ Blast celebrates its 11th anniversary with a “One Louder” theme.

Block Party:  Block Parties include live pregame entertainment featuring music on the RTA stage, DJs, giant cornhole, Jenga and pong. Block Parties are perfect for the entire group to get pumped to cheer on the Tribe.

Alumni Ambassadors: Indians alumni Gary Bell and Chad Ogea will be available to sign autographs from 6:00-6:30PM in the Right Field District.

Ballpark App: Download MLB.com’s Ballpark app presented by KeyBank and stay up to date on all things Tribe. Ballpark features mobile check-in offers from KeyBank, New Era and other partners, an interactive concourse map, exclusive team videos and more. Fans can also easily manage their tickets digitally through the app, and gain access to the Indians mobile-only entrance at the Right Field Gate.

Saturday, August 13 vs. Angels @ 7:10PM

*ALL GATES: OPEN at 5PM 

Broadcast Information: SportsTime Ohio-HD, WTAM/WMMS/IRN

Bob Feller Bobblehead courtesy of Meritech: 12,500 fans will receive a Bob Feller bobblehead courtesy of Meritech.

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Rock N’ Blast “One Louder” Fireworks presented by FirstEnergy: Rock N’ Blast fireworks presented by FirstEnergy celebrates live music experiences and legendary concerts in history. Rock N’ Blast celebrates its 11th anniversary with a “One Louder” theme.

Block Party:  Block Parties include live pregame entertainment featuring music on the RTA stage, DJs, giant cornhole, Jenga and pong. Block Parties are perfect for the entire group to get pumped to cheer on the Tribe.

Budweiser Clydesdales: The Budweiser Clydesdales will deliver the ceremonial first pitch baseball on-field during pregame.

Alumni Ambassadors: Indians alumni Gary Bell  and Chad Ogea will be available to sign autographs from 6:00-6:30PM in the Right Field District.

CLE Clothing Co. Coupon:  Fans will receive a coupon to Cleveland Clothing Co. after the game.

Sunday, August 14 vs. Angels @ 1:10PM

*ALL GATES: OPEN at noon (Right Field Gate/Family Deck open at 11AM)

Broadcast Information: SportsTime Ohio-HD, WTAM/WMMS/IRN

KeyBank Kids Fun Day: KeyBank Kids Fun Day allows kids to enjoy both the action on and off the field with various opportunities including Jungle Terry and more. A Tribe player also will participate in a Q&A with kids on the Family Deck at 11:45AM; this Q&A happens each Sunday home game at Progressive Field.

Kids Run the Bases presented by Cleveland Clinic Children’s: Young Tribe fans will have the opportunity to run the bases like their favorite players after the game! All kids (12 & under) can stay immediately after the game to take part.

 

RED SOX SERIES FOCUS/PROMOTIONS/EVENTS:

Monday, August 15 vs. Red Rox @ 1:10PM

*ALL GATES: OPEN at noon

Broadcast Information: SportsTime Ohio-HD, WTAM/WMMS/IRN

April 7 postponed game: The Cleveland Indians and Boston Red Sox will make-up the April 7 postponed game on Monday, August 15 @ 1:10PM at Progressive Field.

 

WHITE SOX SERIES FOCUS/PROMOTIONS/EVENTS:

Tuesday, August 16 vs. White Sox @ 7:10PM

*ALL GATES: OPEN at 6PM (Right Field Gate/Family Deck open at 5PM)

Broadcast Information: SportsTime Ohio-HD, WTAM/WMMS/IRN

Dunkin Donuts coupon:  Fans will receive a coupon to Dunkin Donuts after the game.

Wednesday, August 17 vs. White Sox @ 7:10PM

*ALL GATES: OPEN at 6PM (Right Field Gate/Family Deck open at 5PM)

Broadcast Information: SportsTime Ohio-HD, WTAM/WMMS/IRN

Kluber’s Kids: This new program, presented by Cleveland Clinic Children’s, hosts a Cleveland Clinic Children’s patient and their family every homestand. Guests have a pregame experience that includes watching batting practice and meeting Corey Kluber.

Thursday, August 18 vs. White Sox @ 7:10PM

*ALL GATES: OPEN at 6PM (Right Field Gate/Family Deck open at 5PM)

Broadcast Information: SportsTime Ohio-HD, WTAM/WMMS/IRN

Cleveland RBI Senior Softball team: The Indians will hold a pregame presentation for the Cleveland Baseball Federation RBI senior softball team to celebrate the team’s eighth straight regional championship.

CLE Clothing Co. coupon:  Fans will receive a coupon to Cleveland Clothing Co. after the game.

 

BLUE JAYS SERIES FOCUS/PROMOTIONS/EVENTS:

Friday, August 19 vs. Blue Jays @ 7:10PM

*ALL GATES: OPEN at 6PM (Right Field Gate/Family Deck open at 5PM)

Broadcast Information: SportsTime Ohio-HD, WTAM/WMMS/IRN

Sugardale Dollar Dog Night: The Indians will have 11 Sugardale Dollar Dog Nights throughout the season. Fans can also enjoy Sugardale samplings pregame at Gateway Plaza.

Pregame in the District presented by Budweiser: Pregame in the District presented by Budweiser features $2 Budweiser cans from 5-7PM in the Right Field District.

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Indians Fedora courtesy of Cleveland.com: 10,000 fans will receive an Indians fedora courtesy of Cleveland.com.

Fireworks presented by Wayside Furniture: The Indians will have ‘Rat Pack’-themed postgame fireworks presented by Wayside Furniture.

Block Party:  Block Parties include live pregame entertainment featuring music on the RTA stage, DJs, giant cornhole, Jenga and pong. Block Parties are perfect for the entire group to get pumped to cheer on the Tribe.

Alumni Ambassadors: Indians alumni Marquis Grissom and Jaret Wright will be available to sign autographs from 6:00-6:30PM in the Right Field District.

District Ticket: Our $13 District Ticket, presented by SportsTime Ohio, is back! Fans can grab one only at Indians.com for a Standing Room Only ticket, and their first drink (12-ounce beer, bottled water or Pepsi product) is on us!

Saturday, August 20 vs. Blue Jays @ 7:10PM

*ALL GATES: OPEN at 5PM 

Broadcast Information: SportsTime Ohio-HD, WTAM/WMMS/IRN

Francisco Lindor Home White Jersey courtesy of Liberty Ford: 12,500 fans will receive a Francisco Lindor home white jersey courtesy of Liberty Ford.

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Fireworks presented by Pierre’s: The Indians will have ‘Southern Rock’-themed postgame fireworks presented by Pierre’s.

Block Party:  Block Parties include live pregame entertainment featuring music on the RTA stage, DJs, giant cornhole, Jenga and pong. Block Parties are perfect for the entire group to get pumped to cheer on the Tribe.

Alumni Ambassadors: Indians alumni Marquis Grissom and Jaret Wright will be available to sign autographs from 6:00-6:30PM in the Right Field District.

Sunday, August 21 vs. Blue Jays @ 1:10PM

*ALL GATES: OPEN at noon (Right Field Gate/Family Deck open at 11AM)

Broadcast Information: SportsTime Ohio-HD, WTAM/WMMS/IRN

KeyBank Kids Fun Day: KeyBank Kids Fun Day allows kids to enjoy both the action on and off the field with various opportunities including Jungle Terry and more. A Tribe player also will participate in a Q&A with kids on the Family Deck at 11:45AM; this Q&A happens each Sunday home game at Progressive Field.

Kids Run the Bases presented by Cleveland Clinic Children’s: Young Tribe fans will have the opportunity to run the bases like their favorite players after the game! All kids (12 & under) can stay immediately after the game to take part.

Olympic gold medalist Harrison Dillard to be recognized on August 11 at Progressive Field

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In the midst of the 2016 Rio Olympics, it’s only appropriate to recognize Cleveland native and four-time Olympic gold medalist Harrison Dillard.

The Indians will recognize Dillard with a pregame presentation on Thursday, August 11 vs. the Angels. Additionally, Dillard will accompany his granddaughter, Izmailia Sougoufara, on the mound as she throws out the ceremonial first pitch.

Dillard competed in track and field in the 1948 and 1952 Olympics. He won gold in 1948 in the 100 meter race and 4×100 meter relay. Then in 1952, he took gold for the 110 meter hurdles and 4×100 meter relay.

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In later years, Dillard was hired by Bill Veeck to work with the Cleveland Indians as a speed coach during spring training.

Dillard is also a U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame inductee, James E. Sullivan Award winner and has been honored with a statue at his alma mater, Baldwin Wallace University.

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