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Cleveland Indians, BVU team up for volunteer challenge, this year featuring #ServiceWithSlider


Indians mascot Slider pitches in this year as individuals can earn Tribe tickets for volunteering with local nonprofits

The Cleveland Indians and BVU: The Center for Nonprofit Excellence again will partner on the Indians Volunteer Challenge, which will provide those who volunteer in the Northeast Ohio community with tickets to select Indians games.

In the six years the Indians and BVU have partnered on the challenge, nearly 35,000 volunteers have performed over 228,000 hours of service in Northeast Ohio; that amounts to the equivalent of $5.17 million worth of service to local nonprofits.

“We remain committed to our community, and through the Indians Volunteer Challenge, our organization and BVU are able to positively impact the many outstanding local nonprofits in the Cleveland area,” said Indians Executive Director of Community Impact Rebecca Kodysh.

New this year the Indians and BVU present the campaign #ServiceWithSlider, as Indians Mascot Slider will be appearing at various volunteer events this summer (including Fields for the Future on May 12 and BVU Summer of Service on June 10).  Volunteers are encouraged to use the hashtag #ServiceWithSlider at volunteer events to engage with Slider on social media and be entered to win a chance to participate as an Indians #TribeLive fan of the game September 22 at Progressive Field.

Volunteers can register for the challenge at, and search for opportunities with local nonprofits. Volunteers can log hours at the same site, and once they reach four hours, they will receive instructions to obtain their Indians tickets.

Volunteers will receive two Upper Box tickets to select games (view dates at during the 2016 regular season.

Additionally, the Indians and BVU will honor one adult and one youth (18 and under) as Indians Volunteer of the Year recipients; those individuals will receive awards for logging the most hours between April 11 and August 31. The winners will be honored before the September 22 Indians game vs. Kansas City in a special pregame ceremony, receive complimentary Field Box tickets, and throw out ceremonial first pitches before the game that evening.

Slider’s Spring Training: A look back at the Cleveland Indians mascot’s fun time in AZ


We put Slider to work this year, in some good ways and some … not so good ways.

We called it Slider’s Spring Training, a quartet of videos documenting his work in Goodyear.

First, it was a helping hand to Joba:

Then, he helped Jose Ramirez with a problem he’d been having:

Of course, he got a little too comfortable in the clubhouse after his Body Issue debut:

Finally, he got busted after a little accident with Terry’s scooter. 

PHOTO GALLERY: Anderson, Napoli, Ramirez have big days in Cleveland Indians tie vs. Cincinnati Reds

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The Cleveland Indians and Cincinnati Reds tied in their second game of Spring Training on Wednesday.

How do baseball teams tie? Each team maps out its pitching for the day ahead of time, and thus, without extra pitchers, games can end in ties. Some go to 10 innings.

Mike Napoli had two hits, while Jose Ramirez and Anthony Recker had solo homers.

Most impressive? Cody Anderson — in his bid to make the rotation out of camp — pitched two scoreless innings in just 18 pitches.

–Photos by Dan Mendlik

‘Indians Illustrated’ Pictionary airs on SportsTime Ohio 2/9 at 7PM

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Second baseman Jason Kipnis draws “Elephant in the Room” for his partner Michael Brantley during Indians Illustrated at the Town Hall meeting at Playhouse Square.

Cleveland Indians players Corey Kluber, Jason Kipnis, Michael Brantley and Yan Gomes put their artistic abilities to the test during the Indians version of Pictionary, appropriately entitled “Indians Illustrated”, on Jan. 29 at our Season Ticket Holder Town Hall.

Good news: You can watch the show tomorrow at 7 on SportsTime Ohio!

The four players competed against each other on teams of two, attempting to draw a variety of pop culture references, baseball terms and phrases, including Tribe mascot Slider.

A live studio audience saw a more personal side of the players, and you can too. Indians broadcaster Matt Underwood played host, while manager Terry Francona was also in attendance, adding to the entertainment and answering questions from fans in the audience.

In addition, during the Town Hall meeting, all four players and Francona chatted with Underwood about the offseason and upcoming season, answering questions about the club’s rotation, prospects and more.

Be sure to set your DVRs tonight, you won’t want to miss this!

Cleveland Indians stars Jason Kipnis, Michael Brantley, Francisco Lindor and Slider help Cleveland Police Chief CJ save Christmas

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The City of Cleveland swore in an interim police chief on Thursday — a young man named CJ, who faced an immediate dilemma: The Crump (who looked suspiciously like FOX 8 personality Kenny Crumpton!) stole Christmas.

CJ took a trip around the city, with stops at Tower City, City Hall, The Q, Progressive Field and the Rock Hall.

CJ, who suffers from a heart defect, found the Crump and brought him to justice — with a little help from some of our crew: Jason Kipnis, Michael Brantley, Francisco Lindor and Slider!

Check out the photos above for how our guys got involved.

–Photos by Dan Mendlik

Cleveland Indians, Delaware North serve annual Thanksgiving meal at Progressive Field

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Event offers Thanksgiving meals to visitors from Our Lady of the Wayside, Shoes and Clothes for Kids, Boys and Girls Clubs, Ohio Guidestone and City Mission 

Members of the Cleveland Indians front office and Delaware North Sportservice played host to the club’s annual Thanksgiving Meal at Progressive Field in the Terrace Club on Sunday.

Visitors from area charities, including Our Lady of the Wayside, Shoes and Clothes for Kids, Boys and Girls Clubs of Cleveland, Ohio Guidestone and City Misssion enjoyed a Thanksgiving meal prepared and served by members of the Indians front office, including Paul Dolan, Chris Antonetti, Mike Chernoff and others.

–Photos by Dan Mendlik

Cleveland Indians front office members, Slider volunteer at Greater Cleveland Food Bank

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Members of the Cleveland Indians front office volunteered at the Greater Cleveland Food Bank on Tuesday, packing lunches and preparing hot lunches for the Food Bank to distribute at area member agencies.


–Photos by Dan Mendlik


PHOTO GALLERY: Cleveland Indians mascot Slider makes annual #TribeOrTreat school visit

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Slider visited the St. Basil campus of St. Michael’s School on Thursday to celebrate Halloween with Tribe Or Treat contest winner Adler Meek and his family and classmates.

Entrants can post pictures of their children in Tribe-themed Halloween costumes, and the Indians judge them — the winner gets a school visit from Slider.

–Photos courtesy of St. Basil

The Rise and Fall of Slider: Reliving the 20th anniversary of the Cleveland Indians mascot’s fall in Game 4 of the 1995 ALCS


Fall evening. Game 4 of the American League Championship Series at then-Jacobs Field.

Indians down 2-1. We needed a spark. Slider tried to provide one – but it turned disastrous.

First, watch the video:

And now, an EXCLUSIVE interview with Slider about that day.

TribeVibe: What the heck happened?
Slider: It was a somersault gone bad. We needed some energy and so I got up on the wall between batters before I was going to slingshot hot dogs to the crowd between innings.

I went into my somersault and instead of going head over heels, I turned over my left shoulder and could feel myself falling. I landed on my right leg and it completely blew up – I thought it was a compound fracture but it was a complete dislocation of my knee and every ligament tore.

You hear Bob Costas and Bob Uecker say that the Mariner Moose had just gone down. It was a bad week for mascots.

Mike Hargrove was furious in our dugout, and I look over at Ken Griffey Jr. (in center field) and he’s cracking up.

TribeVibe: What did Julian Tavarez and Jose Mesa (visible in the video) say to you?
Slider: They said, “you’re not hurt Slider – get up, you have to slingshot hot dogs!” I said, “I am hurt!”

TribeVibe: What happened with Slider the rest of the Postseason?
Slider: I came out for introductions at Game 5 (the next night) with crutches and his leg wrapped up – and to a rousing ovation. I worked with my leg in a full cast during the World Series.

Footnote: The brunette in the video, one of Slider’s handlers during the game in which he fell, later became Slider’s real-life wife. Small world!

–TribeVibe contributor Joel Hammond

Top 10 reasons to come to Progressive Field for Cleveland Indians series vs. the Kansas City Royals this week


We’re 4.5 games out of the second Wild Card as we begin play this week, and more importantly, 4 games back in the loss column.

Our guys feed off fans’ support, so to help convince you to come down to the ballpark to cheer us on, we’ve compiled a Letterman-style Top 10 reasons to be at the ballpark tonight and all week as we push for a spot in that Wild Card game.

10. To defend Slider’s honor.
In May, KC mascot Sluggerrr – who misspells his name, ironically enough, took a shot at Slider. YOU SPELL YOUR NAME WRONG, BRO.


9. We have great weather.
After some, uh, struggles this weekend, looks like nothing but sun and temps in the 70s and 80s.

Full forecast:

8. Great food.
Progressive Field is the only place you can get a taste of Cleveland and watch the Tribe live on the green grass of Progressive Field. Melt, Barrio, Sweet Moses, Dynomite Burgers and Great Lakes Brewing Co., along with other original options, await you in our new Right Field District!


7. We’ve been great at home.
We’ve won eight of our last nine at home and 10 of our last 12. We’ve had 10 hits or more in 14 of our last 15 home games.


6. We have been playing great defense.
According to FanGraphs’ Defensive Runs Saved metric, we’re eighth in the league after early season struggles. Giovanny Urshela, Francisco Lindor and Lonnie Chisenhall in right have made a huge difference.


5. We have Josh Tomlin.
Tomlin is 5-1 in six starts since he returned from shoulder surgery, with a 2.85 ERA.


4. We have Lonnie Chisenhall.
All Lonnie’s done since coming back from Columbus is turn into one of the best right fielders in baseball.

He won ESPN’s Sweet Spot blog award for Defensive Player of the Month for August:
And on Sunday he did this:

3. We have Francisco Lindor.
Aside from being a camera hog and smiling constantly, Lindor has been one of the best players in baseball in the second half.

He’s fifth in FanGraphs’ WAR measurement among ALL MLB players in the second half, and fourth in hits in the second half (73).

Here’s his Rookie of the Year case:

2. We have Michael Brantley.
Brantley has been his steady, All-Star self. He leads MLB in doubles, is seventh in average and ninth on on-base percentage.

Here are his season-long stats.

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If ALL of that wasn’t enough, we have two of the best deals in pro sports: $10 Upper Bleacher tickets and $13 District Tickets presented by SportsTime Ohio. With the latter, which is a Standing Room Only ticket, we’ll even buy your first drink!