Results tagged ‘ Terry Francona ’

#WorldPhotographyDay: Cleveland Indians photographers favorite shots from 2015 season so far

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Wednesday is World Photography Day, and we asked our top-notch shooters for their favorite photos of the 2015 season. Enjoy!

–Photos by Dan Mendlik and Sarah Sachs

Parents/founders of Ohio Flags of Honor latest participants in Terry Francona’s ‘Friends of Francona’ program

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Gino Zimmer, middle, a guest of Terry Francona on Sunday afternoon.

Sunday marked another day for Tribe manager Terry Francona’s Friends of Francona program, through which he invites a military veteran and his or her family and friends to the ballpark.

Terry, along with WTAM and others, provide club seats and $20 in fun money for each member of the group.

Sunday’s honorees were Gino and Lisa Zimmer, who lost their only son, Nicholaus, on Memorial Day 2004 in Iraq. After they lost their son, the Zimmers founded Ohio Flags of Honor, which is a display set up across the state with one flag for every military member from Ohio that has lost his or her life in Iraq or Afghanistan.

Gino said the moment he was told he’d be honored at the game he had tears in his eyes. “It was a mix of tears and smiles, but it’s nice to know that the Ohio Flags of Honor are out there.”

Gino and and family have been lifelong Indians fans. “Shoot, my whole life.”

The flags will be on display this weekend in Brook Park. The group’s mission and photos can be found at

Past Friends of Francona participants:



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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Paul Dolan, Mark Shapiro, Chris Antonetti scheduled to appear at charity eventC

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


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


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


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…)


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