Results tagged ‘ Terry Francona ’

PHOTOS: Cleveland Indians players become celebrity bartenders to raise money for VeloSano

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Jason Kipnis, Terry Francona, Trevor Bauer, Francisco Lindor, Danny Salazar, Roberto Perez and more all stopped by The Corner on Wednesday after the Indians beat the Tigers — all for a good cause.

The players participated in an event to raise money for VeloSano, a Cleveland Clinic fundraising bike ride that supports cancer research. The Indians, led by owner Paul Dolan, are founding partners of the event, which raised $1.7 million in its first year in 2014.

–Photos by Dan Mendlik

Francona, Kipnis, Lindor, coaches and more to appear post-game June 24 at The Corner to benefit VeloSano

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Cleveland, OH— The Cleveland Indians will play host to a celebrity bartending event to benefit VeloSano following the Tribe and Tigers Noon game on Wednesday, June 24. The event will be held at Progressive Field’s “The Corner” in the Right Field District, which has become one of the hottest spots in Cleveland featuring nearly 40 beers on tap.

The Indians celebrity bartending lineup includes:

  • Manager Terry Francona
  • President Mark Shapiro
  • GM Chris Antonetti
  • 2B Jason Kipnis
  • RHP Trevor Bauer
  • RHP Carlos Carrasco
  • RHP Danny Salazar
  • RHP Bryan Shaw
  • LHP Marc Rzepczynski
  • SS Francisco Lindor
  • 3B Giovanny Urshela

*All celebrity bartenders subject to change

Fans are encouraged to attend the Noon game vs. the Tigers and stay post-game to support the cause, with tips and 20% of proceeds going directly to VeloSano.  The Indians will have a silent auction available to raise additional money. Snack items such as nachos and peanuts will also be available for purchase.

Fans not able to attend the game are still invited without a game ticket to attend the event and enter Progressive Field at the Right Field Gate near the New Era Team Shop off East 9th St. 30 minutes following last out of the game. The event is expected to conclude 3.5 hours (approx. 6:30pm) following the last out.

The Indians partnered once again with Cleveland Clinic to support VeloSano, an annual charity bike ride event, held this summer July 17-19 in Cleveland. The Indians will also field a team of nearly 60 riders, including Indians Chairman and CEO Paul Dolan and other members of the Indians front office.

VeloSano, Latin for “swift cure,” is a major community fundraising initiative, where 100% of dollars raised by VeloSano participants directly benefits cancer research at Cleveland Clinic. At its core, it’s a cycling event where riders commit to raise a pre-determined dollar amount by requesting support from personal contacts.

Terry Francona’s KeyBank Ask the Manager Show: On Detroit W, Francisco Lindor and more

Francisco Lindor also had an inside the park home run.

 

You may have heard that Francisco Lindor was called up to the big-league club.

He arrived shortly before Sunday’s game against Detroit, and was held out of the lineup due to that late arrival.

Here’s Terry Francona on Lindor and more:

“Friends of Francona” program honors veteran Chris Esselburn on Memorial Day weekend

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Chris Esselburn and his finacee Diana

In 2013 when Terry Francona became manager of the Cleveland Indians, he started the “Friends of Francona” program as a way to recognize and give back to deserving people throughout the season. Through the program, a different person is invited to attend a select Sunday home game and receive 10 complimentary Club Lounge tickets and $20 in fun money on each ticket. All of this is paid for by Tito and WTAM.

In celebration of Memorial Day, veteran Chris Esselburn was honored during Sunday’s game, making him the first recipient of this season’s Friends of Francona tickets.

“It means a lot. You never get tired of hearing the thank you’s and things like that,” Esselburn said. “To have someone like him do that it means a lot, especially this weekend as we remember those guys who didn’t come home.”

Chris, a Wooster native and a lifelong Tribe fan, joined the Marine Corps right after high school. He became a sergeant and served two tours of duty in Iraq in 2004 and 2007-2008.

Chris and his fiancée, Diana, currently live near Buffalo, N.Y., but were in town this weekend taking engagement pictures. As soon as they got into town, Chris realized the Tribe was playing and turned the radio to WTAM hearing the familiar voice of Tom Hamilton, a person closely tied to his favorite memory of the Tribe.

“My dad used to turn the speakers on to Tom Hamilton, and I remember he had this amazing home run call. Jim Thome hit this laser beam home run out of the park, and that was one of my favorite memories,” Esselburn said. “And of course to see Omar Vizquel play; he was my favorite player growing up.”

The “Friends of Francona” selection was a complete surprise for Chris arranged by his fiancée, and kept quiet by his eight friends and family members who were also in attendance. In addition to getting tickets from Tito, Chris was recognized in the sixth inning with a scoreboard read and a Kipnis jersey – small tokens to someone that sacrificed so much for our country.

“I always tell people to look up one person. There are so many stories of valor and courage from our guys that were deployed, and some of those stories ended with those guys. We remember them on Monday,” explained Chris. “If you can, take five minutes, or a minute to look up and think about one guy who locally was deployed and maybe didn’t come home. Find out what his story is. That means more than anything – not forgetting those guys.”

 

–TribeVibe contributor Angela Martin

PHOTO GALLERY: Cleveland Indians Batting Practice, May 12

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–Photos by Sarah Sachs

PHOTO GALLERY: A fun Sunday at Progressive Field as the Indians beat the Twins

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–Photos by Dan Mendlik/Sarah Sachs

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AUDIO: Chris Antonetti talks about Kluber’s 5-year contract

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ICYMI: Corey Kluber is going to be a member of the Cleveland Indians for a long, long time.

To hear how much Kluber means to the Tribe, take a listen to Tribe GM Chris Antonetti talk about the Cy Young winner below.

Presenting: Indians Mean Tweets

The Cleveland Indians have received a lot of national attention lately (read about it here), but that hasn’t stopped fans from being slightly critical. Indians players, staff and some special guests decided to fire back to the negative Twitter comments. Their reactions do not disappoint.

(By the way, we still don’t know what JIXES are…)

Indians Manager Terry Francona hosts Goodyear Fire Dept., other first responders at Tribe Spring Training

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Indians Manager Terry Francona will play host to five nonprofit or first responder groups over the final month of Spring Training as a way to show his appreciation for the groups’ efforts in their respective fields.

Goodyear Little League baseball players first visited camp on March 7. On Friday, members of the Goodyear Fire Department visited, followed by Luke Air Force Base, Goodyear Police Department and the Wounded Warrior Project.

Each group’s participants will visit camp in the morning and either watch Indians Major League players take batting practice – or, if they choose, they can shag fly balls during BP with Tribe players. BP typically begins around 10:30AM.

Later, each group will receive tickets to that day’s game at Goodyear Ballpark on behalf of Francona, who also consistently plays host to similar groups at Progressive Field during the summer months.

“I love to recognize groups like these and this is a cool way to do it,” Francona said. “This is one small way we can give back to the community and we’re happy to.”

The complete schedule of group visits includes:

  • Goodyear Fire Department: Friday, March 13
  • Luke Air Force Base: Saturday, March 21
  • Wounded Warrior Project: March 24
  • Goodyear Police Department: March 29

‘Really Big Show’ at Cleveland Indians camp in Goodyear, March 9-11

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ESPN Cleveland’s “The Really Big Show” is in Goodyear this week, chatting with Tribe players and front office members. In case you missed their shows live, you can listen to them in podcast form!

Click below to listen to each interview:

COREY KLUBER

CARLOS CARRASCO

CODY ALLEN

TJ HOUSE

MARC RZEPCZYNSKI

DAVID MURPHY

 

TUESDAY

YAN GOMES

TERRY FRANCONA

BRYAN SHAW

CHRIS ANTONETTI

MICKEY CALLAWAY

SANDY ALOMAR

CHARLIE NAGY

 

WEDNESDAY

ZACH MCALLISTER/MICHAEL BRANTLEY

BRANDON MOSS

TREVOR BAUER

MARK SHAPIRO

BRUCE CHEN

MIKE AVILES

 

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