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The Indians will be holding a Fan Forum Conference Call with Indians Manager Terry Francona on Thursday evening, beginning at 6:15pm ET. Fans will have the opportunity to submit questions to the Tribe’s manager, and Season Ticket Holders will have priority access to asking questions to Francona.
Fans interested in joining the call will have several options available to participate. Season Ticket Holders will receive a call at their primary phone number with an option to opt-in to the call. Alternatively, all fans will have the option to dial in around 6:15pm, using the information below:
Enter Pin-code: 13595
Date: Thursday, July 24
Time: 6:15pm ET
The Indians return home to Progressive Field on Tuesday, July 29 for an 8-game homestand, with series against Seattle, Texas, and intra-state rivals Cincinnati. Visit Indians.com for complete details on the upcoming schedule.
Fun, busy day at the ol’ ballyard!
–Photos by David Cleveland
–Photos by David Cleveland
The Indians completed a first-of-its-kind triple play early Wednesday morning in their 10-3 win over the Dodgers in LA. The triple play featured two replay challenges, one by each team.
In the fourth, Adrian Gonzalez sent a liner to left field, which Michael Brantley caught on the run. He fired home to get Dee Gordon at the plate, and Yan Gomes threw to Jason Kipnis at second to try to get Yasiel Puig stealing. Puig was called safe, but that call was overturned on Terry Francona’s challenge. The Dodgers then challenged the out call at home, which was upheld by the umpires.
(Editor’s note: This story reprinted with permission from the Akron Beacon Journal.)
BY MARLA RIDENOUR
Akron Beacon Journal
BOSTON: Bryson Bourn and Giovanni Brantley chased each other around a table in the Indians’ clubhouse after a recent Sunday home game. It was not an unusual sight; baseball players’ sons have been coming to the park with their fathers for decades.
But what was going on nearby was not the norm. At another table sat three little girls who looked to be ages 4 to 6, who were eating, chatting and ignoring the raucous boys.
All season, Indians’ fathers have been bringing their daughters into the postgame clubhouse on Sundays at Progressive Field. The idea came from designated hitter Jason Giambi, who said he was thinking outside the box as he prepared to interview for the Colorado Rockies’ managerial vacancy before the 2013 season. Giambi has a 2½-year-old daughter, London.
“I had to take a step back. ‘If I’m managing, how would the team represent me?’ ” Giambi said Saturday before the Indians faced the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park. “That’s what you have to do, you have to have that connection with your players. There’s so many little girls, and daddies always have their little girls. It would be something cool they could share.”
Manager Terry Francona, who grew up going to major league games with his father, Tito, and General Manager Chris Antonetti signed off on the plan. The Indians were overwhelmingly in favor.
“We’ve got like 35 to 40 kids on this team. This is by far the most I’ve ever been a part of,” nine-year veteran Nick Swisher said.
“Obviously everybody was OK with it because there’s 900 daughters on this team,” said Mike Aviles. He has three — Kyla, 9, and twins Adriana and Maiya, 3.
Home clubhouse and equipment manager Tony Amato loved the idea and found garment racks that the Indians hang their street clothes on when they dress before the game. The racks are rolled into the shower area near the trainers’ room for later, when the doors open for the kids.
Right fielder David Murphy, with daughters Madison, 6, and Faith, 5, and son Cole, 3, likes that the Indians are teaching their children equality, even if they don’t know it yet.
“Ever since they’ve been old enough to realize my son can come in the clubhouse any time, they get a little jealous,” Murphy said of his girls. “We try to make this game and the organization as family-friendly as possible, but in a lot of situations it has to exclude females. I think it’s awesome the way the girls have gotten to come in the clubhouse because they want to see what daddy does as much as our little boys do. It makes them feel special and I guess it makes them feel on the inside of things as opposed to the outside.”
Nick Swisher said his 1-year-old daughter, Emerson, grabs the bag in his locker and plays with the baseballs. She’s enjoying a little of what Nick saw as a kid when his father, Steve, played for the Cubs, Cardinals and Padres.
“She’s having a blast,” Swisher said. “I grew up in the locker room; it’s the only thing I’ve ever known in my life. Now to be able to give that gift — I guess you could call it a gift — to my daughter. There’s so many guys who have daughters. We said, ‘We can’t be pushing them out and just letting the boys come in.’ ”
Aviles said Swisher once taped his twins’ wrists, so they go straight for the tape.
“They pull it out and think it’s a lasso,” Aviles said.
Aviles said Ryan Raburn’s daughter Taytum, 3, wants to go to the batting cage. Murphy’s daughters love the candy. On the recent Sunday, Corey Kluber cracked a rare smile as his daughters Kendall and Kennedy spun around in the black leather chairs in front of his locker.
“That’s a big day,” Giambi said, acknowledging Kluber’s stoicism.
The first time London Giambi visited, the Indians had just returned from spring training, and the families’ personal items and kids’ toys lined the hallway to the dugout.
“She was like, ‘I want that bike and that bike.’ She thought it was Christmas,” said Giambi, 43. “I’ve been a lot of years in this game and I never had that. When they’re old enough, girls will take those memories with them.”
SIX THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW FROM VICTORY:
- The Indians jumped out to an early 3-0 lead and rallied for a pair of runs in the 7th to cap a 5-3 victory and seal their season-high 5th straight victory…Tribe’s last winning streak longer than 4 games occurred when the club finished the 2013 regular season with 10 consecutive victories.
- Over the course of the win streak (all on current homestand), Cleveland’s starting rotation has posted a 2.27 ERA (8 ER/31.2 IP), picking up 2 of the 5 victories, while the bullpen has combined to go 3-0 with 15 strikeouts against just 3 walks.
- Cleveland continues to build upon the best home record in the American League, as the Tribe has now gone 20-11 (.645), winning 8 straight and 10 of the club’s last 13 games overall here at Progressive Field…entering today’s game, Cleveland’s 19-11 home record also stood as the 5th-best in the Majors…the Tribe’s 8 game home win streak is the longest since reeling off 11 straight from July 11-August 1, 2013.
- Pitched a perfect 9th inning for his 5th save of the season – has earned the save in each of his last 4 appearances……seven of his last eight outings have been scoreless (8.2 IP, 4-for-28 [.143]) to lower his season ERA from 3.71 to 2.81.
- Chisenhall is batting just above .360 (.361, 35-97) with 9 doubles, 3 homers, 17 RBI and 16 runs scored over his last 29 games.
- Unlocked a 3-3 tied with a game-winning 2-run double of Boston lefty Andrew Miller in the bottom of the 7th…Bourn finished 2-4 with a run scored and has now hit safely in 7-straight games (tied w/Murphy for longest active streak)…Bourn had a 9-game hit snapped on May 26 at Chicago-AL, but has hit safely in 16 of his last 17 games dating back to May 17 (26-71, .366, 2 HR, 2 3B, 4 2B, 7 RBI and 13 RS).
–Photos by Dan Mendlik/David Cleveland
–Photos by David Cleveland
– Photos by David Cleveland
The Cleveland Indians Community Outreach Department is a liaison between the club and the Northeast Ohio community; here’s a recap of all of the great things the group has done this month:
-Buses for Baseball: This is a program through Major League Baseball Players Association Players Trust. They bus in about 50 students from surrounding Boys and Girls Clubs to visit Batting Practice and watch the game using tickets through The Commissioner Initiative. Terry Francona and Justin Masterson stopped up to say hello and sign T-shirts for the kids!
-Masterson Bright Hope Event: Bright Hope is a non-profit organization whose mission is to bring Hope to those living on less than $1 a day. Justin and Meryl Masterson have been involved in this organization which hosted their “Feed Their Future 2014” Preview Event in the Terrace Club at Progressive Field. Justin Masterson, Nick Swisher, Cody Allen, Josh Tomlin and Josh Outman all made an appearance pre-game.
-MLBPA and Cal Ripken Baseball Clinic: Youth that participate in the Cleveland Baseball Federation’s youth baseball and softball programs participated in a baseball clinic at Brookside Park and Estabrook Recreation Center in Cleveland. Michael Bourn, Josh Outman, Mike Aviles and Scott Atchison participated.
-Tribe Treasures Auction: The auction this year was so fantastic! We had seven wives participate the day of the event! Some of the auction items were:
- Hummer ride and Menchie’s with the Masterson
- Meet and Greet with Nick Swisher + 4 Suite Tickets
- Hot shave and a Movie with John Axford
- Bullpen Cleats and various other autographed Items
- We also sold Mystery Balls for $40 which were a big hit! We raised about $8,000 for the Wives Association. The final number is still pending.
-Pink Ribbon and Honorary Bat Girl: The Pink Ribbon ceremony was with the Susan G. Komen Foundation. They brought about 120 volunteers to form a pink ribbon on the field during pregame. We also gave them 600 tickets through The Commissioner’s Community Tickets Initiative. Our Honorary Bat Girl, Charlene Wuthrich was selected by fans through a contest that MLB designed. She was presented with a Pink Personalized Louisville Slugger and a Bat Girl Jersey. She was nominated by her two grandchildren who also attended the ceremony with her.
-Wives School Visit: Ashley Outman, Meryl Masterson, Nicole Axford and Kristen Shaw all attended Thoreau Park Elementary School located in Parma with me on May 19th for their baseball-themed Right to Read week. They read baseball books to eight different classes (about 200 children) in Kindergarten and 1st grade. They also provided each child with finger foam fingers and cannot wait to do something like that again!
We had a First Pitch Experience that was won from the Alzheimer’s Association Gala. With this experience they were also able to visit the radio booth and speak with Tom Hamilton and Jim Rosenhaus. They were such a great family and very happy with their stay at Progressive Field! Especially with the win against the Tigers!
Finally, we had an Honorary Bat Kid! They won this experience through the Sports Commission. Nathan (age 6) was able to meet his favorite players and got some great pictures with Jason Kipnis and Michael Bourn! Justin Sellers even gave him his bat!
THE TRIBE HAS SPOKEN: The Indians posted their second walk-off victory of 2014, as Michael Brantley blasted his team-leading 9th home run of the season to break a 4-4 tie in the bottom of the 11th…Cleveland recorded the club’s first walk-off win of the season on May 7 vs. Minnesota on a Mike Aviles game-winning single in the bottom of the 9th…the Indians celebrated 11 walk-off victories in 2013 (6 walk-off home runs), tied with Boston for 2nd-most in the American League behind Tampa Bay (13)
Additional walk-off notes:
- Tonight marked the Tribe’s first walk-off victory vs. Detroit since September 16, 2012 – Lonnie Chisenhall RBI single vs. Jose Valverde
- Brantley’s home run signaled the first walk-off home run vs. Detroit since April 29, 2011 – Carlos Santana vs. Joaquin Benoit…and the club’s first walk-off home run vs. Detroit in extra-innings since September 17, 2007 – Casey Blake solo HR vs. Zach Miner in B11th.
- Brantley’s home run tonight marked the 71st walk-off home run in the history of Progressive Field (1994-present), and the 12th vs. Detroit – most against any opposing club.
- Tonight’s game-winning home run marked the first career walk-off hit for Brantley…entered the game with one career walk-off RBI under his belt – a bases loaded walk on May 10, 2011 vs. Tampa Bay.
- In 6 career plate appearances vs. Detroit’s Al Alburquerque, Brantley has gone 3-5 with 2 home runs and 3 RBI; first career home run was a game-winning 2-run homer (broke 6-6 tie in B8th) on July 7, 2013 here at Progressive Field.
BRANTLEY EXTENDS HOME HIT STREAK
- Has hit safely in 16 consecutive home games, the longest home hit streak for the Indians since Jose Lopez had a 16-game streak in 2012…longest home hit streak by an Indians player in Progressive Field history (1994-2014) is 18 games (Lofton in ’96, R. Alomar in ’00)…longest hit streak in Progressive Field history by any player is an active 22-game stretch by Elvis Andrus of the Texas Rangers (has hit safely in all 37 career games vs. Cleveland).
- Tonight’s walk-off victory snapped the club’s recent 4-game losing streak, and marked the Tribe’s 10th come-from-behind win on the season…also signaled the club’s first extra-inning victory of the season.
- Since dropping a season-high 6 straight games to end the month of April, the Indians are one game over .500 at 9-8 over their last 17 games.
- Victory also ended a stretch of 5 straight home losses to Detroit, the longest such streak (vs. the Tigers) in Progressive Field history.
- The Indians have won 4 of 7 and 8 of their last 15 games here at Progressive Field.
- Did not factor into tonight’s decision despite reeling off his 4th consecutive quality start to begin the month of May (ND, 7.0 IP, 8 H, 3 R-ER, 2 BB, 8 SO, 1 HR, 1 WP, 95 pitches/67 strikes).
- Kluber has also reeled off 3rd consecutive quality outings here at Progressive Field, allowing just 4 earned runs over his last 24.0 innings here in Cleveland; has notched 32 strikeouts and just 4 walks over that span.
- Picked up his first career Major League hit and RBI with a two-out, run-scoring single in the 5th to push Cleveland’s lead to 3-1…drove in another run with a 7th-inning sacrifice fly to score Gomes and give the Indians a 4-3 lead…tonight marked his fourth game with the Indians since being recalled from Triple-A Columbus on May 15.
–Photos by David Cleveland/Information courtesy of Indians Baseball Information Dept.