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–Photos by Dan Mendlik
Two-night display set for Aug.15-16 vs. Baltimore
Local band Welshly Arms to play concert on Home Run Porch before fireworks each night
The Cleveland Indians announced today that the theme of the club’s annual two-night Rock N’ Blast fireworks show will be “Tour of Rock.”
The award-winning display, which features music and video synchronized to pyrotechnics, is one of the highlights of the summer at Progressive Field. In all, fans will be treated to more than 20 minutes worth of entertainment each night.
Two of 15 fireworks displays this season at Progressive Field, Rock N’ Blast is scheduled for August 15 and August 16 after the Indians take on the Baltimore Orioles. The tour of rock will start in the U.S. and Cleveland, then moves overseas to the roots of other legendary rock groups.
In an effort to partner with local artists, both nights will also feature post-game concert sets performed by Cleveland-based band Welshly Arms on the Home Run Porch between the ninth inning and the start of Rock N’ Blast. Welshly’s new single “Dirty Work,” from the group’s forthcoming full-length LP, will be featured in Indians “Tribe Town” commercials during the second half of the season. The group’s soulful blend of blues and rock also helped launch Positively Cleveland’s “This is Cleveland.” brand campaign back in March.
Remaining fireworks dates this season include:
- Aug. 1: Fireworks (Hits of 1994) presented by Wayside Furniture
- Aug. 2: Fireworks (Jim Thome celebration) presented by J.M. Smucker Co.
- Aug. 15: Rock N’ Blast (Tour of Rock)
- Aug. 16: Rock N’ Blast (Tour of Rock)
- Aug. 22: Fireworks (TV Talent Show covers) presented by Wayside Furniture
- Aug. 23: Fireworks (Van Halen) presented by Pierre’s Ice Cream. Co.
- Sept. 5: Fireworks (Fan Vote)
- Sept. 6: Fireworks (Huey Lewis and the News) presented by FirstMerit Bank
- Sept. 27: “Thank You Tribe Town”/Top 40 Pop
Tickets for Rock N’ Blast games are going fast; buy early and online at Indians.com/Tickets to save money over gameday prices at the box office.
The first half ended on Sunday, appropriately with a back-and-forth game with a wild ending. The Tribe’s first half was up and down, rousing at times, rocky at others. Here are the first-half highlights, both on the field and off; the Tribe is just three games off its pace from a Postseason berth in 2013, despite that rockiness. Second half should be full of similarly great stories!
ON THE FIELD
- April 4: Opening Day victory over Minnesota includes a Nick Swisher homer to overcome a deficit
- May 4: George Kottaras — in his first two at-bats with the Indians — hits two homers, somehow overshadowing another fantastic Corey Kluber start
- May 7: Mike Aviles hits the Tribe’s first walk-off of the season, a single up the middle to beat Minnesota
- May 14: Lonnie Chisenhall and David Murphy each have five hits in a 15-4 win in Toronto — the first time the Indians had two players w/5 hits apiece in a game since 1928
- May 19: After a sweep by Oakland at Progressive Field, Michael Brantley hits a walk-off homer off Detroit’s Al Alburquerque
- May 21: The Indians complete a sweep of rival Detroit with an 11-10 win on, you guessed it, a balk-off!
- May 30: Kluber completes an incredible May in which he struck out 60 batters with a dominant start against the Rockies
- June 1: Michael Bourn hits a walk-off homer to complete a sweep of Colorado
- June 2: Justin Masterson pitches an immaculate inning — 9 pitches, 9 strikes, 3 strikeouts
- June 4: After a lengthy rain delay and extra innings, Asdrubal Cabrera sent ‘em home happy with a walk-off HR vs. Boston — a win that finished off a six-game sweep of a homestand
- June 9: Lonnie Chisenhall had a night for the ages, becoming the first player in MLB history with 5 hits, 3 homers and 9 RBI in 5 plate appearances!
- June 19: The Angels took a late lead, but Nick Swisher took care of that late
- June 28: Josh Tomlin was dominant at Safeco Field, striking out 10 in a one-hit shutout
- July 2: Brantley makes a catch in left, gets Dee Gordon at the plate and Yan Gomes gets Puig at second for a double-replay triple play!
- July 6: Michael Brantley named to All-Star team
- July 9: Rookie Roberto Perez hits a homer, singles and walks in his big-league debut
- July 13: Yan Gomes hit the game-winner, but Mike Aviles upstaged him slightly with this incredible double play
OFF THE FIELD
- Contract extensions: A big offseason culminated in the announcement of Jason Kipnis’ extension on Opening Day; the deal followed extensions for Gomes and Brantley.
- Gockowski: Adam Gockowski, the team’s first Brohio Governor, has done a fantastic job of riling up the troops in Section 117!
- Wi-Fi: In partnership with Verizon, the Indians installed in-park Wi-Fi for fans to enjoy and connect better with the team while at Progressive Field.
- Kluber interview: Corey Kluber showed why he’s such a pro in this interview, bombed by water, sunflower seeds and a new item — baby powder.
- #Whiff: With the help of our social media followers, we’ve raised $12,500 for local RBI charities — here are details.
- Bowling: John Axford, Corey Kluber, Josh Outman and Justin Masterson wore interesting outfits for a charity bowling event.
- Squirrel: A squirrel invaded the Progressive Field grass — and then we caught up to him for an exclusive interview
- Homestand Heroes: The Indians honored fallen, current and future military heroes on July 4!
- Hegan: The Tribe remembers Mike Hegan in a pregame ceremony on July 7.
- Niko returns: The home run kid from 2013 returned and continues to inspire Carlos Santana!
- Yan and Yan: Tribe catcher Yan Gomes meets a fellow Yan — a fighter of a young boy who is being treated at a local hospital — and then homers.
- #VoteKluber: Our Kluber campaign for the AL All-Star Final Vote was fun, but incredibly exhausting … Kluber finished second in social media voting and fourth overall.
–TribeVibe contributor Joel Hammond
The Indians honored the late Mike Hegan, an Indians TV/radio personality from 1989-2011, in a special pregame ceremony on Monday, July 7.
Hegan spent 23 seasons as a Tribe broadcaster, 14 in the Indians radio booth with Tom Hamilton. He also spent 18 seasons providing analysis on television for WUAB-TV43, FSN Ohio and SportsTime Ohio. Prior to his time as a broadcaster in Cleveland, he spent 12 seasons on Milwaukee Brewers broadcasts.
Hegan also played in the Major Leagues for 12 seasons, with the Yankees, Seattle Pilots, Milwaukee Brewers and Oakland Athletics. He played in the 1969 All-Star Game while a member of the Pilots, and won a World Series title with the A’s in 1972.
Hegan, a Cleveland native who was a star athlete at St. Ignatius High School, was inducted into the Cleveland Sports Hall of Fame in 2011. He died in December. His father, Jim, was a longtime great Indians catcher, and played on the franchise’s 1948 World Series championship team.
His grandsons and granddaughter threw out first pitches before the game.
All gates open at 5PM; fans should take note of ballpark policies for the concert
The Cleveland Indians and Live Nation are reminding fans of ballpark policies and procedures in advance of Friday’s “Burn It Down” tour concert at Progressive Field, featuring Jason Aldean, Miranda Lambert, Florida Georgia Line and Tyler Farr.
Production holds have just been released by the tour and a limited number of floor seats are available at www.ticketmaster.com, all Northeast Ohio Ticketmaster locations and the Progressive Field ticket office. If you’re at the show and see a security or first aid issue, find the nearest security guard or police officer immediately. Also an option: Tweet at the Indians (@Indians) and we’ll alert the appropriate people.
All gates open at 5PM, with Tyler Farr taking the stage at approximately 6:30PM. Based on the timing of the concert and the Friday workday, parking will be at a premium. We encourage fans to use RTA for convenient transportation to and from the ballpark, as well as using parking lots located in walking distance to the ballpark. The evening’s last RTA trains will leave Tower City at 12:30AM Saturday morning.
As a reminder, the following items will be permitted into Progressive Field:
- Banners (provided they are not commercial or obscene in nature and do not interfere with other fans’ enjoyment of the experience or block views)
- Bottled water (Single, factory sealed bottle of water that is 20 ounces or less)
- Service Animals (Must be certified)
- Small bags (e.g. purses) (Subject to inspection)
The following items are NOT permitted in the ballpark:
- Cameras with detachable lens, video recorders and any stands/tripods are not permitted in the ballpark
- Umbrellas are not permitted into the ballpark
- Alcoholic beverages and illegal drugs
- Bags exceeding the maximum size of 16x16x8 inches
- Cans, glass, squeeze bottles, and Thermos bottles
- Cigarettes, Electronic cigarettes/ vapor cigarettes as Progressive Field is a non-smoking facility
- Hard Sided Coolers
- Laser Pointers and similar items
- Ballpark re-entry
Concert attendees should stay tuned to Indians social media accounts, Live Nation Cleveland social media accounts and www.ticketmaster.com for concert updates and ticket availability.
Once you are in Progressive Field you will not be permitted to leave the ballpark and re-enter.
Tickets and Tour Merchandise:
Only purchase concert tickets from authorized ticket dealers; only authorized tickets will be honored for the concert. Official artist and tour merchandise will be available both outside and inside the ballpark.
The Indians will be hosting the annual Season Ticket Holder party at Progressive Field on the afternoon of Sunday, August 3, after the Indians game against the Texas Rangers.
The event will begin approximately 30 minutes after the conclusion of that afternoon’s game. Please note that ticket exchanges for the August 3 game will be POINT-FREE on TribeRewards.com, and any previous exchanges into that game will be refunded in Tribe Rewards.
More details will be announced soon, and RSVP’s will be available through TribeRewards.com in the near future.
Another beautiful day in Cleveland.
–Photos by David Cleveland
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
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
Following Sunday’s matinee against the Royals at Progressive Field, Indians catcher Carlos Santana realized the home run he had hit was not just any ordinary home run. Prior to the game, Tribe fan Niko Lanzarotta had requested that Santana hit a home run for him, and Santana delivered.
You might remember Niko; he visited Progressive Field on August 24, 2013, for batting practice and an Indians game through Tribe Rewards. Before the game, Niko met Santana — his favorite Tribe player — and infielder Jason Kipnis and asked each of them to hit a home run for him. They did. (Niko then returned on Sept. 7, as the people who caught those home run balls gave them to Niko. Pretty cool.)
This time around, Niko — who has cerebral palsy — arrived early to Progressive Field with his parents. Niko’s mother, Kasia, called Santana over to the stands while he was stretching. Just like last year, Niko’s only request for the first baseman was for him to hit a home run. And he did.
Santana said he was willing to make the promise with Niko under one condition.
“He called my name and I went over there,” Santana said. “He said, ‘I want you to hit a home run.’ And I said, ‘The only way I will hit a home run is if you give me a hug.’ He gave me a hug — really tight.”
This time, the home run came in the form of a solo home run to right field that gave the Indians an early 1-0 lead in the second inning.
Santana said he never thought about his interaction with Niko during the game.
“I didn’t think about it [at the plate]. I thought about it after the game,” Santana said. “God heard him or heard me about his situation. I always try to play my game and help my team win; God heard Niko.”
Although he might not think about Niko at the plate, he is definitely appreciative of his support.
“He is motivation because I know he has [cerebral palsy], and it makes it exciting for me [to make him happy],” Santana said. “I am very proud of Niko.
Santana’s message to Niko?
“Keep being strong. Keep respecting Mom and Dad,” he said. “I’m very happy that he is my No. 1 fan.”
–TribeVibe contributor Megan Golden