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Players, alumni, manager Terry Francona on hand for autographs, photos and more; additional session added to improve fan experience
Fans can purchase opportunity to guarantee autographs this year; tickets on sale to Season Ticket Holders Dec. 5, to general public Dec. 6
The Cleveland Indians on Tuesday announced details for Tribe Fest 2014, presented by KeyBank, set for Progressive Field on January 25 and 26.
The second annual event will be expanded this year, with manager Terry Francona, current Tribe players including Mike Aviles, Carlos Santana, Danny Salazar, Yan Gomes, David Murphy, Corey Kluber, Zach McAllister and others, Indians prospects (including former No. 3 overall pick Trevor Bauer and 2012 top pick Clint Frazier), and several prominent Tribe alumni including, Kenny Lofton, in attendance for autographs, interviews on the KeyBank main stage and more.
In addition, more of Progressive Field will be open this year, including the 1994 Party Suite for autographs, Club Lounge, Kids Clubhouse and more. The Indians also plan to announce their 2014 promotions schedule and 2014 Hall of Fame Induction details on the KeyBank main stage during Saturday morning’s session.
Due to large crowds at last year’s first Tribe Fest, in addition to anticipated high demand this year after the Indians Postseason berth in October, the 2014 event will feature three sessions:
- Saturday, January 25: 10AM-2PM
- Saturday, January 25: 4PM-8PM
- Sunday, January 26: Noon-6PM
Admission for adults is $10 in advance and tickets are available online only, starting at 10AM Thursday, December 5 for Season Ticket Holders and 10 AM Friday, December 6 for the general public, at Indians.com/TribeFest. Kids ages 12 and under again this year can attend the event for FREE when reserved with the purchase of an adult ticket. There is a limit of two free children’s admissions per paying adult. Tickets for kids age 12 and under are $5 at the gate day of event.
This year, autographs can be guaranteed by purchasing an autograph ticket bundled at the same time with the general admission ticket online at Indians.com/TribeFest. Fans are limited to one guaranteed autograph ticket per person to allow for as many fans to get access to the players. Prices in addition to the $10 ADULT general admission ticket – kids tickets are free when reserved in advance — as follows:
- $10/ticket for Indians Minor League Prospect sessions
- $15/ticket for Indians Major League roster player sessions
- $20/ticket for Indians Alumni player sessions
Each Tribe Fest event features multiple autograph sessions, for which 250 tickets will be sold. Autographs for specific players are not guaranteed, just a space in line. If autograph sessions are not sold out, fans will be allowed to wait in line at their own risk for autographs, time permitting and on a first-come, first-serve basis.
In addition to interacting with players, young fans can hit in the Progressive Field batting cages (waivers will be required), take tours of the home clubhouse, listen to Q&As with Tribe broadcasters and players, and more. Concessions will be available in the Club Lounge, while KeyBank customers will have access through pre-event registration to an exclusive area in the Collection Auto Club at Progressive Field.
All player appearances are subject to change.
For complete event details, visit Indians.com/TribeFest.
Terry Francona chatted via conference call with Cleveland-area reporters on Tuesday night, shortly after he received the 2013 BBWAA American League Manager of the Year Award in a presentation broadcast on MLB Network.
Here are portions of that conference call, in some cases edited for brevity:
Question: What does it mean for you to be up against (Red Sox manager) John Farrell?
Terry Francona: I don’t think I was up against anybody. I got nominated for this because this is an organizational award. That’s what makes me so happy. I share it with coaches, players, clubhouse guys, (General Manager) Chris (Antonetti), (President) Mark Shapiro and (owner) Paul (Dolan). It’s because we did it together all year. So when things like this happen it’s an organizational award.
Question: What were you proud of in managing this year?
TF: I was proud of our effort. I thought we were resilient. I thought our guys enjoyed trying to play it the right way. We had a coaching staff that was fun to be around. I’m most proud of, from the moment I was hired, it’s always been a we mentality. From the front office, to the ownership (on down). That’s only growing. I’m proud of that. It’s not always easy to attain that. Chris and his guys have made me feel so at home. It makes my job easier and a lot more fun.
Question: What do you think was the difference this year?
TF: Winning is the ultimate award. You do the best you can every day, and when teams and organizations perform, things like this happen.
Question: Was this satisfying that you guys were able to have success while you overcame so many things?
TF: The biggest thing was how we did it. We did it the right way. When we clinched in Minnesota, those hugs were real. I couldn’t want to get to Chris, (traveling secretary) Mike Seghi, the clubhouse guys. Those were real. The next day, I didn’t feel any different when we prepared for Tampa. When you like the guys you work with, you want to do well.
Question: Did this year, reuniting with Chris and Mark, did this heal the hard feelings from your departure from Boston (after the 2011 season)?
TF: Yeah. It was easier to talk about it because of my comfort level in Cleveland.
Q: What made the team so resilient?
TF: It was a combination. We had great veteran leadership, with Giambi, Swisher’s enthusiasm, Bourn and Yan Gomes’ emergence. I could go on and on. That’s what made it so fun, had so many contributions from all over the map. That’s what made it good. When we played the baseball we were supposed to, we generally gave ourselves a chance to win.
Q: When did they tell you this?
TF: I felt like I was on a dating game. I was listening in my earpiece, and heard it when they announced it. They did a great job (keeping it secret).
Q: Will you do anything to celebrate?
TF: I have a load of laundry in. I’m going to go golfing tomorrow, like I always do. The way I celebrated it was the whole year. I got to live it.
Q: Who has called you?
TF: I got about 50 text messages and a bunch of voice mails. My dad, Chris, Joe Smith all sent some really nice messages. A lot of the players have texted, which made me feel good.
–TribeVibe contributor Joel Hammond
Check out Terry Francona’s interview with MLB Network immediately following the announcement that he’d won the 2013 American League Manager of the Year Award.
The Baseball Writers Association of America today announced Cleveland Indians Manager TERRY FRANCONA has been selected the American League Manager of the Year, beating out Boston’s John Farrell and Oakland’s Bob Melvin.
Francona was listed first on 16 of the 30 ballots submitted by two writers representing each league city, second on 10 and third on two to score 112 points, based on the 5-3-1 tabulation system. It marked the first time in his 13-season managerial career that Francona received first-place votes in AL Manager of the Year balloting despite having taken the Boston Red Sox to World Series championships in 2004 and ’07. Francona never finished higher than fourth place in Manager of the Year voting previously, which he did three times.
In his first season managing Cleveland, Francona led the Indians to a 92-70 (.568) record and a berth in the American League WildCard game as the Indians became the first Major League team since 1971 to end the season with a 10-game winning streak. The 24-win improvement over 2012 (68-94) matched the largest year-to-year win improvement in the history of the franchise, joining the 1986 Indians. 2013 marked the sixth time Francona has led a club to the postseason and the ninth straight season in which a Francona-managed team has won at least 86 games, the sixth-longest such streak in MLB history.
Today’s award is the first earned by Francona over his 13-year Major League Managerial career and marks just the second time an Indians Manager has been selected, joining ERIC WEDGE in 2007. The BBWAA began voting on the Manager of the Year Award in 1983.
Active win leaders among MLB Managers:
- Bruce Bochy 1,530
- Mike Scoscia 1,233
- Buck Showalter 1,163
- Terry Francona 1,121
- Ron Gardenhire 998
–Cleveland Indians Baseball Information staff
The Baseball Writers’ Association of America continues its week of award announcements tonight when this well-respected group of journalists will unveil the 2013 A.L. & N.L. Managers of the Year (6PM ET, MLB Network). As Cleveland fans await word on whether Terry Francona will get the nod this year, the BBWAA put together an extremely helpful FAQ to answer questions about the voting process — such as the following:
“Q: Which BBWAA members vote for the annual awards?
Two writers from each MLB city are recommended by the local chapter chairman and approved by the national secretary-treasurer to vote for each award. Writers from NL cities vote for NL awards, and writers from AL cities vote for AL awards, making 30 voters for each award. Most traveling beat writers will vote for at least one annual award each year. In some chapters, columnists or backup writers may also vote. Any active member of the BBWAA is eligible to vote for annual awards, regardless of his or her number of years in the organization. Some Honorary members may also vote.”
For the full run-down of FAQ’s, and an informative video featuring Jack O’Connell (BBWAA Secretary/Treasurer), visit this page on the BBWAA website.
The 2013 Baseball Writers Association of America American League manager of the year will be announced tonight on a show on MLB Network, and Tribe manager Terry Francona is a finalist. (And most deserving, if you ask us.)
His first year as a Tribe manager was quite a ride, as evidenced by the photos above — from his hire in October to being doused with Champagne on September 29 — and these stats, facts and figures on how Francona helped the Tribe’s turnaround:
- Francona’s 1,121 wins currently rank seventh among active MLB managers; he’s received BBWAA Manager of the Year votes in six different seasons.
- Eric Wedge, in 2007, is the only other Tribe manager to win the BBWAA Manager of the Year award since it began in 1983.
- In 2013, Francona guided a team to 90 different wins for the seventh time in his career, tied for second-most among active managers. He’s logged nine consecutive winning seasons, the longest by any active skipper. He’s guided teams to MLB’s Postseason on six difference occasions.
- The Indians on August 21 surpassed their 2012 win total – 68 — in the 127th game of the season, a 3-1 win over the Los Angeles Angels. In all, the Tribe increased its win total by 24 games – tying the club record – in going 92-70.
- The Indians had seven sweeps of 4-plus games in 2013, the first team since 1943 Cards to accomplish that feat.
- The Tribe ended the season on 10-game winning streak, becoming the sixth team in the Modern Era to finish with at least 10 straight wins.
- The Indians won 15 of their last 17 games, and it turned out they needed every one of them to clinch a home Wild Card Game.
- The Tribe won 21 games in the month, marking only the fifth time in club history with 20 or more wins in a month. The last? 1948.
- The Indians, with 92 wins, recorded their eighth 90-win season since 1995.
- The Indians had 16 shutouts in 2013, tied for second-best in the American League; the Indians also were 30-17 in one-run games, second in MLB.
- The Tribe had 11 walk-off wins, including four in May (three in the same series, vs. Seattle) and three in July.
- Ryan Raburn, Justin Masterson, Jason Kipnis, Corey Kluber and Ubaldo Jimenez all won AL Player of the Week awards. Kipnis was the AL Player of the Month in June, and he and Masterson each made their first AL All-Star team appearances.
- The Indians last were under .500 on June 17.
If you have a special Terry memory, head to Twitter and tweet at us with the hashtag #TitosTribe. We’ll use the best with a follow-up post on TribeVibe later on Tuesday, and who knows? Maybe Terry will see your special memory.
–Photos by Dan Mendlik and Kyle Emery/Text by Cleveland Indians Baseball Information staff
TribeVibe over the coming weeks will look back at the 2013 Indians season by month, with records, stats, top moments and more on which fans can reflect. April, though a slow start record-wise, provided some memorable moments, which you can watch below. All information and stats courtesy of Indians Baseball Information staff, unless otherwise noted. Photos by Dan Mendlik and Kyle Emery.
For previous monthly reviews:
THE FINE PRINT
- Monthly record: 12-16
- Overall record: 71-64
- Home record: 4-7
- Road record: 8-9
- Weekend record: 6-2
- Standings: second place, 8.5GB
- High-water mark: 62-49, August 4
TOP PERFORMERS — BATTING
- Yan Gomes: .281 AVG (18-64), 2 HR, 3 RBI, 6 R
- Ryan Raburn: .269 AVG (7-26), 4 HR, 8 RBI, 5 R
- (OK, so we struggled at the plate in August. Fine.)
TOP PERFORMERS – PITCHING
- Cody Allen: 1.88 ERA (3 ER in 14.1IP), 17 K, .212 opp. AVG (Allen also logged the second-most appearances in the AL, with 77.)
- Mark Rzepczynski: 0.00 (0 ER in 11.2IP), 10K, .150 opp. AVG
- Joe Smith: 0.68 ERA (1ER in 13.1IP), 13K
COMBINED BATTING/PITCHING STATS
- Batting: .229 AVG (221-966), 26 HR, 86 RBI, 86 BB
- Pitching: 3.77 ERA (107 ER in 255.2IP), 257 K, .249 opp. AVG
- The only month (well, October, too) without one!
Yan Gomes, Andre Rienzo have a day for the ages for home country Brazil: Andre Rienzo, a rookie pitcher from Brazil, and countryman and Indians catcher Yan Gomes, became the first Brazilian-born players to face off in an MLB game. Read more about the faceoff here.
John Underwood: This is why we work in baseball. Lakewood native John Underwood won a Stand Up 2 Cancer auction to take batting practice at Progressive Field – then insists a Make-a-Wish child and his family comes along. The result: An amazing day at Progressive Field. Read more about it here.
Rocky Colavito celebrates 80th birthday at Progressive Field: The Rock came to Cleveland as many older fans’ favorite all-time Indians player, and he was popular all day, from a Terrace Club luncheon/chat with Gary Bell and Max Alvis, to a pregame chat with reporters, to a ceremonial first pitch before the Tribe played the Angels.
Wild nights are calling: If you’re charged with handling in-game social media when an East Coast team is on the West Coast, you know already you’re in for a long night. But when that game goes 14 innings – and 5 hours, 17 minutes – it’s an extra long night. Luckily, we had some fans locked in to our #TribeLive feature on Twitter, so they helped. So did the victory, helped by a Drew Stubbs home run in the 14th. Watch it below:
Be gone, 2012: The Indians on August 21 surpassed their 2012 win total – 68 — in the 127th game of the season, a 3-1 win over the Los Angeles Angels. In all, the Tribe increased its win total by 24 games – tying the club record – in going 92-70.
John Adams anniversary: The Tribe’s unofficial drummer became official on August 24, with a presentation of an Honorary Member Award on the 40th anniversary of the day he first brought his drum to Cleveland Municipal Stadium. John also took part in a pregame “first hit,” hitting the ball with his drum on a pitch by Carlos Baerga.
Home run promises come true: A unique night at the ballpark on August 24. The Tribe communications team got a text from a member of the Corporate Marketing team who was on the field pregame that read, “This 8-year-old met Carlos Santana and asked him to hit a home run.” It turned out to be Niko, who if you followed TribeVibe and the Tribe’s social media channels all season long, you know he became a celebrity. And you also probably know that Santana did hit a home run, as did Jason Kipnis, who Niko also met that night.
Misc.: Tribe manager Terry Francona used 123 different batting orders in 2013, with the most popular being: Bourn, Cabrera, Kipnis, Swisher, Brantley, Santana, Reynolds, Chisenhall, Stubbs
Last night the Baseball Writers Association of America (BBWAA) announced the top three finalists for a number of awards voted upon by this respected group of journalists and Indians skipper Terry Francona was named to the list for A.L. Manager of the Year, along with John Farrell of the Boston Red Sox and Bob Melvin of the Oakland Athletics. The winner will be announced on MLB Network Nov. 12 at 6PM ET.
MLB.com’s Jordan Bastian has more on Tito’s first season with the Indians here.
Indians Designated Hitter Jason Giambi spoke with reporters today during a conference call after he re-signed with the club on Thursday. Here are some of his quotes from that chat:
On re-signing with the Indians early in the offseason: “I’m ecstatic about it. … I talked to my wife, and I’ve been talking to the Indians, and there is no place I want to be other than Cleveland. I had so much fun and I love the direction we are going – with this organization and this team, with Tito and the guys on this team, I had so much fun last year playing that I didn’t want to go anywhere else. The Indians gave me the opportunity to come back and I’m definitely blessed and I’m grateful for it.”
Discussions with Indians about returning: “I talked to Chris (Antonetti, Tribe GM) and Tito (Manager Terry Francona); they were feeling me out to see what I wanted to do. Did I still want to play? Did I want to go into coaching? I told them I’d really love to play. This was near the end of August or the beginning of September and I told them I still really wanted to play. After the season, Chris and Tito definitely had to sit down and see if there was still a fit for me in Cleveland because I told them I really loved it there and I really wanted to be back. At the end of the season I had my agent reach out to them again [to see if there was a spot for me on this team]and then I talked to Chris and they really felt like there was still a spot for me to help this ball club. I was ecstatic. I wanted to jump on that opportunity to sign back there and everything came about.”
On signing another Minor League contract: “I definitely know with my age and everything like that [it’s difficult] to get a big-league deal. Unless you are going to have a Raul Ibanez year with 27 homers [it’s difficult to find a Major League contract].
“I’m not worried about it (signing a Minor League contract). I’m going to come into spring in great shape. (Signing a Minor League contract) also helps the ball club out because they can protect their extra player that they need to protect, and I’m all for it. I love being here and I love being in Cleveland, I love everything about it.”
Thoughts on still playing at age 43 (turns 43 in January): “I think you only dream about it. This will be 20 Major League seasons for me. I think when you go through your certain stepping stones of your career — whether it be I need to get to the big-leagues, I need to stay in the big leagues, I need to try and last in the big-leagues and get my 10 years in — after that, everything is kind of gravy. I’m definitely blessed and truly grateful for this opportunity. Not in my wildest dreams did I think that I would still be here. I don’t know if there will ever come a time that I’ll say that (going into a season thinking it’s the last). I think your body will give you a point and say I can’t do it anymore. There is going to come a point when that happens. I’m fighting and kicking and scratching to not make it happen, but there definitely is. I’ve been so blessed so far with my career in this game, it’s been unbelievable. Maybe someday, but right now I’m just trying to keep the attitude on what’s happening right here, right now in the present moment, which is to push this team to win a World Series because I think we have that type of ball club.”
On becoming a leader in the clubhouse: “I’m definitely honored. (Being recognized as a leader) comes a lot from your teammates. It’s not something you raise your hand and say, ‘Alright, I’m the team leader.’ I think I got such a taste of it when I was in Oakland, playing for those great teams of the late 80s – when those guys were still around like Eck (Dennis Eckersley), (Mark) McGwire, (Terry) Steinbach and Dave Stewart, all of those great players – I got a taste of it. Then when all those guys either retired, we traded Mark (McGwire) and then all of sudden (GM) Billy (Beane) and (Manager) Art (Howe) sat me down and said, ‘This is your team. You’re going to be that guy.’ I had a few years under my belt, I was still young and the team was brand new. We had (Tim) Hudson, (Mark) Mulder, (Barry) Zito, (Miquel) Tejada and (Eric) Chavez – I just really loved it (being the leader). I really wanted to embrace that position and make guys feel welcome, but also try to teach those guys what I had learned from Mark (McGwire), Steiny (Terry Steinbach) and those guys. I really felt that it was a gift that those guys passed on to me. They went out of their way to help me learn the game. I see it now, it’s kind of funny, they used to call me kid all the time when I was playing, and now I’m calling Kipnis that and it really gets passed on. I really think that’s the gift of the game. You pass it back down and even when you’re out of this game that’s how you still live in the game. You pass those lessons on and hopefully they will pass them down to the next generation.”
Thoughts on 2014 team mentality: “I definitely want this team to keep reaching further and further. I think what we have here in Cleveland is something special. I think this is a team that could have an opportunity to win a World Series. We definitely have the pitching to do it; we have the offense to make those strides. We are growing as a team, and I think we are going to keep getting better and better. Hopefully the guys come into spring training in great shape and wanting to further that. Not just, we made the playoffs last year (and be satisfied with that). I want us to keep moving forward and to not take a step backwards. I think this team, and the young players we have, and the pitching and the young pitching we have in the minor leagues, this team can be a force for years to come.”
–TribeVibe contributor Michael Stimpert
Cleveland Indians hot dog mascot Ketchup visited Independence Primary School on Thursday for Halloween parties and parades as part of the Indians “Tribe or Treat” contest.
In order to enter the contest, fans posted photos of themselves or their kids dressed in Tribe-related costumes to Instagram using the hashtag #TribeOrTreat. The winning prize? The chance to go trick-or-treating with hot dog mascot — and Progressive Field’s resident trickster — Ketchup.
The winner, 7-year-old Tyler, dressed up as Terry Francona with a tub of Dubble Bubble labeled “Tito’s Bubblegum.” Tyler’s mother, Jill, posted her son’s photo, which won in a fan vote from the Cleveland Indians Facebook and Twitter accounts on Tuesday.
What was Tyler’s favorite part of the costume?
“Getting to chew six pieces of bubblegum for the photo,” laughed his mom.
When Tyler was asked about the hot dog mascot races at Progressive Field, he diplomatically said that sometimes Mustard and Onion win, but that Ketchup is his favorite. “And yes, he does cheat.”
His whole first grade class got to enjoy the visit with Ketchup, since the weather forecast dampened trick-or-treating plans. Ketchup, dressed up as both Superman and Clark Kent, and Tyler marched in the school’s parade together. Afterward, Ketchup gave Tyler his Cleveland Indians bag and gave out some Indians swag.
Tyler is the giving type as well — he passed out all the rest of “Tito’s bubblegum” to his classmates.
Way to go, Tyler! Tito would be proud.
– TribeVibe contributor Courtney Shilling