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On Sunday, the Cleveland Indians and Delaware North Companies played host to the annual Cleveland Indians Day of Caring in the Terrace Club at Progressive Field.
Visitors from area charities, including Our Lady of the Wayside, Shoes and Clothes for Kids, Boys and Girls Clubs of Cleveland, OhioGuidestone and Laura’s Home enjoyed a Thanksgiving meal prepared and served by members of the Indians front office, including Paul Dolan, Mark Shapiro and others. They also had the opportunity to take photos with Slider and Ketchup, Mustard and Onion.
–Photos by Dan Mendlik
Members of the Cleveland Indians front office, with a little help from sidekick Slider, visited the Cleveland Foodbank on Friday morning to help the staff sort food and pack backpacks for kids to take home on weekends.
Foodbank officials said that this is the busiest time of the year, with over 200,000 pounds going out of the warehouse on Cleveland’s near East Side on Thursday alone.
Nearly 30 members of the Indians front office visited on Friday, sorting vegetables that then would be sent to local food pantries, and preparing backpacks that eventually would end up going home with kids from school on weekends, when they’re most likely to miss meals.
–TribeVibe contributor Joel Hammond/Photos by Dan Mendlik
The ESPN morning radio show “Mike and Mike” came to Progressive Field during the Tribe’s two-game series with Detroit this week. Before the series opener, Mike Greenberg threw out the ceremonial first pitch to Mike Golic behind home plate. Naturally, shenanigans ensued.
“We have thrown out five first pitches — two at Wrigley, two here in Cleveland, and one in Pittsburgh,” Golic said. “I have bounced the first two in. Greeny has made all five. Now, it’s a bit embarrassing when he throws it, because he has a bit of a crow hop at the mound. But, he has made it there all five times.”
“I have never failed to reach home plate with a pitch, which really is the objective at the end of the day,” Greeny explained. “I’ve got good stuff.”
Golic highly disagreed. “No you don’t. It’s really slow.”
Greeny: “I’m going to throw some junk up there today, I think.”
Golic: “No he’s not because I’m catching. Now tonight is different, because I had shoulder surgery. So he’s talking about short-hopping a bit, which is not going to be a good thing.”
Greenberg proceeded to inform TribeVibe that the pitch had higher implications than the average ceremonial first pitch.
“What you don’t know is the Marlins actually have scouts out here tonight to watch me throw this pitch, and right now, I think it’s about 50-50 that I will sign a minor league deal with them tomorrow.”
No word on if any Marlins scouts were actually in attendance, but it appears Greeny was down on his luck that night.
Unfortunately, Mike and Mike have been a kiss of death of sorts for the Tribe in recent years; the combined winning percentage of the 2011 and 2012 Indians prior to their visit: .635. After: .404. Yet both Mikes remain confident their curse will end soon.
“Whenever we can get back, we try to be here,” Golic said. “We want to undo the curse. This is my hometown. This is my team. I want to see them do well. I want to say we came here and they actually got better after we left.”
–TribeVibe contributor Courtney Shilling; photos by Dan Mendlik
Mia Ryan is the first Indians Littlest Fan of the 2013 season.
Mia’s mother, Amanda, gave birth this week as the Tribe’s 2013 season began at Rogers Centre in Toronto. Later Tuesday, Amanda and Mia, who reside in Elyria, got a visit from Slider and Franklin to kick off the program.
Mia is one of 8,000 babies that will be part of the Indians Littlest Fan program, presented by FirstMerit Bank, in 2013. Through the program, children born at participating Cleveland Clinic or University Hospitals will receive an Indians onesie, a plush FirstMerit Franklin Moose and a unique password for the child’s family to redeem a ticket offer at Indians.com for the baby’s first Tribe game.
The program is just one part of the Indians’ family-focused initiatives for 2013. In addition to 16 kids-themed event days, the team has reduced concessions prices on many items, including beer, now at $4, and hot dogs, now $3 every day. Soda refills now will cost $2 and there will be 15 $1 hot dog nights presented by Sugardale, an increase from 9 last season.
Fireworks will return on 16 occasions, including the return of the award-winning Rock N’ Blast two-night spectacular, while fan giveaways have increased to 20 this season, up from 11 in 2012.
Plus, the Indians Kids Clubhouse will return and again feature the Rookie Suite (geared toward kids ages 6 and under) and Slugger’s Sandlot (for grade-school children). The Kids Clubhouse also features a child-friendly menu at family-friendly prices, and this year will be complemented by a Family Social Suite for parents active in social media. Information on all the team’s family-focused efforts can be found at Indians.com.
“We strive to create memories, connect generations and celebrate families,” said Bob DiBiasio, the Indians Senior Vice President of Public Affairs. “The ‘Littlest Fans’ program is a perfect way to introduce Indians baseball to a new generation of Tribe fans and start their connection with Indians baseball from an early age.”
–TribeVibe contributor Joel Hammond
In case you haven’t heard, the weather has been a bit different this year in Goodyear, Ariz., home of the Cleveland Indians’ Spring Training complex, than in past years.
Workouts last Wednesday were moved completely inside due to rain, and temperatures have been unseasonably chilly.
The weird weather also has included strong winds, which has created some unfamiliar menaces for our crew, including beloved Slider, who was attacked on Sunday. (Follow Slider on Twitter for more hilarious pictures from his visit to Goodyear.)