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Cleveland Indians announce theme for 2015 Rock ‘N’ Blast: Rock ‘N’ Blast 10 — The Roots of Rock ‘N’ Roll



Two-night show, presented by FirstEnergy and scheduled for August 7 and 8, and will celebrate 10 years of spectacular event 

Cleveland, OH— The Cleveland Indians announced today that the theme of the annual two-night Rock ‘N’ Blast fireworks show, this year presented by FirstEnergy, will be Rock ‘N’ Blast 10 – The Roots of Rock ‘N’ Roll.

This year marks Rock ‘N’ Blast’s 10th anniversary, and the shows will take fans through the elements that rock ‘n’ roll is made of – rebellion, the MTV age, freedom and injustice, and love.

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.

To go along with each respective show and the Tribe’s series against the Minnesota Twins, the Indians will offer additional promotions:

  • Aug. 7: Sugardale Dollar Dog night and $2 domestic beer pregame (5-7PM) in the Right Field District
  • Aug. 8: Michael Brantley Bobblehead courtesy of Progressive (15,000 fans)

Rock ‘N’ Blast is one of five fireworks shows remaining this season; remaining fireworks dates this season include:

  • Aug. 28: Garage Rock Nuggets presented by Wayside Furniture
  • Aug. 29: Toga! Toga! Toga! presented by Brilliant Electric Sign Co.
  • Sept. 11: presented by Wayside Furniture
  • Sept. 12: Bar Sing-A-Longs
  • Oct. 3: Back to the Future/1985

Shirtless Cleveland Indians fan an instant Internet celebrity


So on Wednesday afternoon, it was hot at Progressive Field — 90 degrees and humid. So you can understand how fans might want to try to find ways to cool down.

One fan in particular was easily identifiable in his search for relief from the heat: The fan pictured above, who made it on to the SportsTime Ohio telecast of the game due to his seat — in the dugout suite behind the plate, caught by the TV cameras throughout the game.

When our photographer, Dan Mendlik, caught a shot of the gentleman, we Tweeted:

But, we thought: We had to know more, and we thought we owed it to our fans to tell this man’s — this LEGEND’s — story.

His name is Matt, but jokingly said he didn’t want to give us his last name because his boss might find out. (Too late, we told him — he was already an Internet superstar.) He and his friends were at the ballpark for his pal Mark’s bachelor party; Mark is getting married this weekend.

The crew came down from Toronto, and Matt said he’d been a fan of Cleveland for many years, and the town’s sports teams. He and his buddies rented a dugout suite for Mark’s big bash, and the group was headed back to Canada on Thursday.

After the game, we took the crew on the field for another picture.

Chances are Matt will be a bit more famous after his brush with Internet fame. Good on ya, Matt. –TribeVibe contributor Joel Hammond

PHOTO GALLERY: Indians unveil new Larry Doby statue at Progressive Field

The Indians unveiled the new Larry Doby statue on Saturday outside Progressive Field’s Right Field Gate; guests included Larry Doby Jr. and other members of the Doby family, former friend and teammate Mudcat Grant, former Negro League Ted Toles, former teammate Gary Bell and more.

–Photos by Dan Mendlik and Sarah Sachs

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

Rhodes HS pitcher who threw Progressive Field perfect game meets Indians pitchers


Rhodes and Lincoln West high schools long have dominated the Senate Athletic League, playing in the championship game at Progressive Field each of the last nine seasons.

So while it wasn’t terribly surprising to see the teams again this year at the ballpark on May 20, the outcome still was surprising.

Rhodes senior Juan Perez threw a perfect game.

On Thursday, he – along with his coach, Phil Gary, and two teammates – were rewarded with the chance to watch Tribe BP from field level.

They even got to meet a guy who flirted with a similar accomplishment this year: Danny Salazar, who had a perfect game into the sixth earlier in the season in Tampa. Sandy Alomar and Carlos Santana also visited.

“That was awesome,” Perez said of getting to meet the Tribe hurlers.

Perez said he knew he was pitching well that day, but didn’t really know he had a perfect game until his teammates mobbed him. Instead, he was focused on something else.

“I wanted to hurry because our high school graduation was that night (at Cleveland State),” Perez said, laughing.

Perez will study accounting and play baseball this fall at Cuyahoga Community College, and we’ll certainly be watching and keeping tabs on him.

The Indians underwrite all Cleveland Metropolitan School District baseball and softball programs, with the championship baseball game being played at Progressive Field each season.


Cleveland Indians to unveil Larry Doby statue at Progressive Field on Saturday afternoon


Late civil rights, baseball pioneer honored permanently outside Right Field Gate at Progressive Field

Following the ceremony at 4:45PM, all gates will open at 5:30PM

Cleveland, OH—The Cleveland Indians will unveil the new Larry Doby statue on Saturday at 4:45PM at Progressive Field’s Right Field Gate (Corner of East 9th and Larry Doby Way). Fans are encouraged to be in the area by 4:30PM.

Doby, who played with the Tribe from 1947-1955 and in 1959, was the first African-American to play in the American League, just months after Jackie Robinson debuted with the Brooklyn Dodgers. Doby was signed from the Negro Leagues by then-owner Bill Veeck and went on to play a 12-year career – earning All-Star honors seven times.

Speakers at the ceremony include:

  • Paul Dolan, Indians Owner and Chairman
  • Jim “Mudcat” Grant, former Doby teammate and friend
  • Larry Doby Jr., son of Larry Doby Sr.

Other attendees will include:

  • Members of the Doby family
  • Bill Robinson, Former Indians Traveling Secretary who helped Doby acclimate to MLB
  • Larry Doby Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities (RBI) baseball team
  • Current Indians roster players
  • Mark Shapiro, Indians President

Doby served in World War II and was elected to the Indians Hall of Fame in 1966 and the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1998. The Indians renamed Eagle Avenue to Larry Doby Way in his honor in 2012.

Doby’s statue will reside outside the Right Field Gate alongside Jim Thome and Bob Feller.

The Indians will also provide a replica Doby statue to 12,500 fans courtesy of KeyBank, and fans at Saturday’s game will enjoy post-game fireworks presented by Pierre’s Ice Cream Co.

To purchase tickets for Saturday’s game and festivities, click here.

Parents/founders of Ohio Flags of Honor latest participants in Terry Francona’s ‘Friends of Francona’ program

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Gino Zimmer, middle, a guest of Terry Francona on Sunday afternoon.

Sunday marked another day for Tribe manager Terry Francona’s Friends of Francona program, through which he invites a military veteran and his or her family and friends to the ballpark.

Terry, along with WTAM and others, provide club seats and $20 in fun money for each member of the group.

Sunday’s honorees were Gino and Lisa Zimmer, who lost their only son, Nicholaus, on Memorial Day 2004 in Iraq. After they lost their son, the Zimmers founded Ohio Flags of Honor, which is a display set up across the state with one flag for every military member from Ohio that has lost his or her life in Iraq or Afghanistan.

Gino said the moment he was told he’d be honored at the game he had tears in his eyes. “It was a mix of tears and smiles, but it’s nice to know that the Ohio Flags of Honor are out there.”

Gino and and family have been lifelong Indians fans. “Shoot, my whole life.”

The flags will be on display this weekend in Brook Park. The group’s mission and photos can be found at

Past Friends of Francona participants:



PHOTO GALLERY: Cleveland Indians mascot Slider does his own ESPN The Magazine ‘Body’ issue photo shoot

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So, Cleveland Cavaliers forward Kevin Love took the Internet by storm on Monday when his ESPN The Magazine “Body” issue photo shoot went viral. What can we say? Guy looks good.

However, there’s another Clevelander who looks just as good, if not better, without his clothes on — Slider.

So we put Slider through his own “Body” issue photo shoot, hoping ESPN calls us next year.

–Photos by Dan Mendlik

WKYC’s Matt ‘The Deal Guy’ Granite shows how far $20 can go at Progressive Field


We gave Matt “The Deal Guy” Granite, from WKYC, $20 to spend for this coming Friday night’s game, just to illustrate how far that $20 can go.

This Friday’s game, the opener of a three-game series against the Oakland A’s, features:

  • Sugardale Dollar Dogs
  • $2 Budweiser and Bud Light pregame in the Right Field District
  • Post-game fireworks presented by Wayside Furniture

Matt, who uncovers deals every day on WKYC and across Gannett’s network, opted to include his ticket in the $20; for $10 at — $12.50 with fees – you can get an Upper Bleacher ticket at Progressive Field. (Note: These tickets are limited in supply, so get them ASAP because they will sell out, especially for weekend games.)

After that, he purchased three hot dogs (one for his wife, his fake child and himself) and a Budweiser and Bud Light, one for his wife and himself.

Then, he explored all of the new great offerings for kids at the park in the Kids Clubhouse – Little League Park presented by KeyBank, Hammy’s recording booth, interactive clubhouse, Tribe Tracker and more — all of which are FREE with the cost of a ticket.

WATCH Matt spend $20 at Progressive Field by clicking here.

Fans’ guide to Indians homestand: Seven games vs. Astros, A’s

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The Cleveland Indians return to Progressive Field for a seven-game homestand against the Houston Astros (July 6-9) and Oakland Athletics (July 10-12).

Here’s your guide to what’s going on at the ballpark, including a team that’s won five of its last seven and will play the AL West-leading Astros and surging A’s.

$2 beers pregame on Friday night

Friday night, fans can enjoy great deals including Sugardale dollar hot dogs, $2 12 ounce domestic cans and free postgame fireworks set to Trans Am Rock. The great deal on domestic cans will only be available in the Right Field District from 5-7PM.


Monday, July 6 vs. Astros @ 7:10PM

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

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

Ballpark app: Download’s Ballpark app presented by KeyBank and stay up to date on all things Tribe. Ballpark features mobile check-in offers from KeyBank, Majestic, 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.

Topps Giveaway: Upon exiting the gate, fans will receive Topps cards.


Tuesday, July 7 vs. Astros @ 7:10PM

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

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

Pepsi photo booth: Stop by section 153 and snap a photo in the Pepsi photo booth! Fans can hop in the booth and take a picture featuring a backdrop from the ’95 season, then email the photo to themselves once done. Enjoy the Pepsi photo booth every game through July.

50/50 Raffle: The 50/50 Raffle will be available for all home games of the 2015 season. The raffle will support Cleveland Indians Charities in its mission to provide softball and baseball programs to the underprivileged youth of Cleveland.


Wednesday, July 8 vs. Astros @ 7:10PM

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

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

Carlos Santana bobblehead, courtesy of Discount Drug Mart: Upon entering the gates 10,000 fans will receive a Carlos Santana bobblehead.

Visit the Bob Feller Exhibit: Be sure to check out the new Bob Feller Exhibit located on the Terrace Club third floor. Open to all fans, the exhibit features historic items such as Feller’s U.S. Navy jacket, his Opening Day no-hitter glove and much more.

Buy Early and Save: Fans who purchase tickets early and online will always receive the best prices on game tickets. Buying tickets online rather than at the box offices provide fans the best deals.


Thursday, July 9 vs. Astros @ 7:10PM 

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

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

Mike & Mike to toss first pitches: Mike Greenberg and Mike Golic of ESPN’s “Mike & Mike” will toss the ceremonial first pitch at Thursday’s game. Mike & Mike will air live from Progressive Field Friday morning.

Mark Duncan camera well dedication: Prior to Thursday’s game, the Cleveland Indians will dedicate the first base side camera well in honor of Mark Duncan. Duncan recently retired from The Associated Press after years of photographing Indians games.


Friday, July 10 vs. A’s @ 7:10PM

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

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

$2 Budweiser, Bud Light cans: Pregame at the park Friday from 5-7PM with $2 12 ounce domestic cans. Deal is only available in the Right Field District.

Sugardale Dollar Dog Night: Come down to the ballpark and enjoy a fan favorite — Sugardale Dollar Dog night, one of 15 this year.

Postgame Fireworks, presented by Wayside Furniture: Hang out after the game to enjoy a spectacular post-game fireworks show set to the music of Trans Am Rock.

Pregame party: Come down to the ballpark early to enjoy pregame activities and a performance on the RTA Summer Stage and at The Corner.

Alumni autographs: Max Alvis and Tito Francona Sr. will be on hand for fan autographs in Heritage Park from 6PM-6:30PM.

Uber representatives will be at The Corner: Uber Cleveland will be at The Corner bar passing out tchotchkes and providing fans with a passcode for a free first ride up to $20.


Saturday, July 11 vs. A’s @ 6:35PM 


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

1995 Sandy Alomar Jr. replica jersey, courtesy of Medical Mutual: Upon entering the gates 15,000 fans will receive a 1995 Sandy Alomar replica jersey.

Postgame Fireworks, presented by J.M. Smucker’s: Fans can stick around after the game and enjoy post-game fireworks set to Rib Eye of the Tiger.

Pregame party: Come down to the ballpark early to enjoy pregame activities and a performance on the RTA Summer Stage and at The Corner.

Alumni autographs: Max Alvis and Tito Francona Sr. will be on hand for fan autographs in Heritage Park from 5:30PM-6PM.

50/50 Raffle: The 50/50 Raffle will be available for all home games of the 2015 season. The raffle will support Cleveland Indians Charities in their mission to provide softball and baseball programs to the underprivileged youth of Cleveland.


Sunday, July 12 vs. A’s @ 1:10PM


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

KeyBank Kids Fun Day: Back for another season, KeyBank Kids Fun Day will take place every Sunday of 2015. Families can enjoy kid-friendly activities in the newly renovated Kids Clubhouse including performances from Manny The Magician, Great Lakes Science Center, Jungle Terry face painters, caricature artists and a pregame interview with a current Indians player.

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, and 100 participants will receive an item from Cleveland Clinic Children’s when they’re finished.

Win a Step2 gift package: Head to the Kids Clubhouse and enter to win a summer fun gift package from Step2; winner drawn in the 8th inning.

Purell post-game sampling: Fans are able to take free samples of Purell hand sanitizer after the game. Samples will be available at all gates.


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