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2014 Season in Review: August — Hammy/Thome honored, ballpark renovations, Carrasco’s return, and walk-offs

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We’ll review the 2014 season with monthly recaps on TribeVibe throughout the next month or so … Past installments:

Aug. 1 – Tom Hamilton honored: Hammy was celebrated before the game for 25 years in the Tribe radio booth, and shared the night on the field with his family.

Aug. 1 – David Murphy goes off in 12-2 win: Murphy went 4-for-4 with two doubles and two singles in the Tribe’s win over his former team.

8/2 – Giambi gives up No. 25 for Thome: At the end of a pregame ceremony honoring Jim Thome – statue unveiling, Thome retiring as a member of the Indians and more – Jason Giambi gave up his No. 25 as an homage to Thome. Pretty cool.

8/3 – Brantley hits second walk-off homer of the year: The Indians completed a three-game sweep of the Rangers on Brantley’s walk-off in the 12th, his 16th homer to that point.

Aug. 7 – Indians unveil Progressive Field renovations: Indians President Mark Shapiro unveiled major enhancements to Progressive Field aimed at improving the fan experience. The project includes an expanded Kids Clubhouse, new social spaces and better connection to the city and players.

Aug. 10 – Carlos Carrasco returns to rotation, starts amazing second half: Carrasco, who started the year in the rotation but moved to the bullpen, returned to the rotation and pitched five scoreless innings to start a remarkable second half of the season. (more…)

2014 Season in Review: July — Triple play, military salute, Brantley All-Star, #VoteKluber & more

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We’ll review the 2014 season with monthly recaps on TribeVibe throughout the next month or so … Past installments:

July 2 – Indians turn double replay triple play: The Indians did something teams had a hard time doing this year – getting the speedy Yasiel Puig and Dee Gordon out on the basepaths. The Tribe triple play in LA went F7-2-4, Brantley to Gomes to Kipnis. With two instant replay reviews thrown into the mix, this became a first-of-its-kind play.

July 4 – Indians honor military with Homestand Heroes: The Indians played host to branches of the military on our nation’s birthday, with the club’s first Homestand Heroes military tribute — during which the Indians paid tribute to fallen, current and future military heroes before and after the game.

July 6 — Brantley named to first All-Star team: Michael Brantley was named to his first AL All-Star team after a stellar first half.

July 6 — #VoteKluber madness begins: We thought Tribe pitcher, after a stellar May and first half generally, would also be named an AL All-Star. Instead, he was part of the Final Vote, which meant we had to get creative on social media. The result was a wild four days of #VoteKluber. Sorry again for filling up your timelines.

July 6 — Big Yan and Little Yan: 6-year-old Yan Perez got to meet Tribe catcher Yan Gomes before the Tribe’s game against the Royals, and Yan even hit a homer later for the little guy. Yan Perez was undergoing treatment for a serious illness, and was treated to a trip to the ballpark by the Ronald McDonald House.

July 7 — Hegan remembered: Late Tribe broadcaster Mike Hegan was honored before the Tribe’s game against the Yankees, and it was quite the touching tribute, led by his former partner, Tom Hamilton. (more…)

Top 10 most popular TribeVibe posts of 2014 (so far)

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No. 10: Indians, All-Star second baseman Jason Kipnis agree to long-term contract

  • On Opening Day, the Indians announced that Jason Kipnis had agreed to a six-year contract extension through the 2019 season with a club option for 2020. The first-time All-Star in 2013 struggled with an injured oblique muscle throughout the 2014 season, and will be looked to to rebound in 2015 and continue to be a clubhouse leader for the team.

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No. 9: Taking a trip down memory lane: Ballpark construction photos

  • While looking at some old files in February, we found these photos of the original construction of then-Jacobs Field. Great memories, especially as we embark upon the current ballpark renovation project!

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No. 8: Exclusive interview with the Progressive Field squirrel

  • Sometimes, in a long season, you have to have some fun … So when a random squirrel showed up and stayed a while during an April series with Kansas City, we posted a fake/sarcastic interview with said squirrel. It was a hit.

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Fan Forum conference call with Tom Hamilton takes place Wednesday at 3:00pm

The Indians will be holding a Fan Forum conference call with Indians Radio Broadcaster Tom Hamilton on Wednesday afternoon, beginning at 3:00pm ET. Fans will have the opportunity to submit questions to the long-time voice of the Tribe, and Season Ticket Holders will have priority access to asking questions to Hamilton.

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 3:00pm, using the information below:

Dial: 877-229-8493
Enter Pin-code: 13595
Date: Wednesday, September 3
Time: 3:00pm ET

The Indians are in the midst of a key 11-game homestand, with 4 games vs. Detroit, a weekend series against the White Sox, then one game vs. LA and a 3-game series with Minnesota. Visit Indians.com for complete details on the upcoming schedule, and where the Indians stand in the postseason race.

20th anniversary weekend shines spotlight on generations of Tribe fans

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We talk a lot about Creating Memories, Connecting Generations and Celebrating Families, and we do so because through the game of baseball, we’re able to accomplish those three things every day and every season for Cleveland Indians fans.

This weekend, as we celebrate the 20th anniversary of Progressive Field, 25 years of Tom Hamilton as the voice of the Indians and unveil Jim Thome’s statue, those three goals are even more evident.

That’s why we leapt at the opportunity to connect Jim, Kyle and Trevor Dunn with The Plain Dealer: Kyle, then 11, was featured on the front page of The Plain Dealer on April 5, 1994, the day after the first game at then-Jacobs Field.

Kyle was connected to the game by his dad, Jim, when Kyle was a kid; on Friday, another generation of the Dunn family was on hand – 1-year-old Trevor. Read Mike McIntyre’s piece on Kyle’s big moment re-created, over 20 years later.

Creating Memories, Connecting Generations and Celebrating Families is also why we invited Brent Betts and his son, Jacob, to the ballpark on Friday. Jacob, who turns 20 today, was born in 1994, the club’s first year at Jacobs Field. (Take a guess at why he was named Jacob.)

Brent and Jacob have visited every ballpark in the majors, a tour that started when Jacob was 9 – and ended in June as the pair finished at Marlins Park in Miami.

Jacob said his first memory of then-Jacobs Field, as a little guy, was that he didn’t really like fireworks – and of the team making the playoffs. (Don’t worry: He loves

Also cool – and here comes that Connecting Generations thing again – Brent said Jacob grew up a big Thome fan.

“I have pictures of Thome all over the country from our trip,” Brent Betts said.

And Jacob was politically correct when asked what his favorite ballparks in the bigs were: “I like Boston … but I like it here (in Cleveland ) the best.”

–TribeVibe contributor Joel Hammond

Indians Homestand Notes: Fans’ guide to 8 games vs. SEA, TEX, CIN

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The Indians return home for eight games, including three game series vs. the Mariners (July 29-31) and the Rangers (Aug. 1-3) and a two-game series vs. the Reds (Aug. 4-5).

  • KeyBank Hassle-Free Weekend: August 1-3
  • Sugardale Dollar Dog Night: Friday, August 1
  • Rally Alley, presented by RTA: Friday, August 1
  • Fireworks (Hits of 1994), presented by Wayside Furniture: Friday, August 1
  • Jim Thome statue unveiling: Saturday, August 2
  • Thome replica statue (12,500 fans), courtesy of KeyBank: Saturday, August 2
  • Fireworks (Thome celebration), presented by J.M. Smucker Co.: Saturday, August 2
  • Rally Alley, presented by RTA: Saturday, August 2
  • Slider’s birthday: Sunday, August 3
  • KeyBank Kids Fun Day: Sunday, August 3
  • Kids Run the Bases, presented by Cleveland Clinic Children’s: Sunday, August 3
  • Sugardale Dollar Dog Night: Tuesday, August 5
  • Indians Duck Tape (10,000 fans), presented by ShurTech Brands: Tuesday, August 5

Don’t miss a minute of 20th anniversary weekend festivities!

The Indians are celebrating 20 years at Progressive Field throughout the weekend with special events. The schedule includes:

  • Friday, Aug. 1: A celebration of Tom Hamilton’s 25 years as the Voice of the Indians, with a pregame ceremony and his calls played throughout the game.
  • Saturday, Aug. 2: The unveiling of Jim Thome’s statue in center field before the game. Note: The ceremony will begin at 5PM, and all gates open at 4:30PM. Fans can watch the ceremony on the scoreboard.

The weekend also is KeyBank Hassle Free weekend, during which KeyBank will have many special offers through the At the Ballpark app. Fans should take advantage of the new public Wi-Fi at Progressive Field and download MLB.com’s At the Ballpark, then check in for special offers from Key. Plus, Key will be delivering seat upgrades, hot dogs, popcorn, water and ice cream, all courtesy of the bank’s “Hassle-Free” checking account.

Fans can guarantee themselves a Thome statue by using Promo Pass!

Fans can guarantee themselves a Jim Thome replica statue, courtesy of KeyBank, with Promo Pass! By purchasing game tickets at Indians.com/PromoPass, fans can ensure a promotional item will be waiting for them inside the gates, even if the items are gone at the gate.

Tribe Park and Ride, presented by SportsTime Ohio, is back!

Fans can leave the transportation to the Indians and SportsTime Ohio on 4 dates from area suburbs with the return of Tribe Park and Ride for a second season! Tickets are only $5! Full Tribe Park and Ride details, including dates and pickup locations, along with tickets, are available at Indians.com/ParkandRide.

Upcoming TPAR schedule:

  • Aug. 2: Westlake(Dave and Buster’s) and Independence (Doubletree Hotel)

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Remembering Mike Hegan: July 7 pregame ceremony

The Indians honored the late Mike Hegan, an Indians TV/radio personality from 1989-2011, in a special pregame ceremony on Monday, July 7.

Hegan spent 23 seasons as a Tribe broadcaster, 14 in the Indians radio booth with Tom Hamilton. He also spent 18 seasons providing analysis on television for WUAB-TV43, FSN Ohio and SportsTime Ohio. Prior to his time as a broadcaster in Cleveland, he spent 12 seasons on Milwaukee Brewers broadcasts.

Hegan also played in the Major Leagues for 12 seasons, with the Yankees, Seattle Pilots, Milwaukee Brewers and Oakland Athletics. He played in the 1969 All-Star Game while a member of the Pilots, and won a World Series title with the A’s in 1972.

Hegan, a Cleveland native who was a star athlete at St. Ignatius High School, was inducted into the Cleveland Sports Hall of Fame in 2011. He died in December. His father, Jim, was a longtime great Indians catcher, and played on the franchise’s 1948 World Series championship team.

His grandsons and granddaughter threw out first pitches before the game.

Indians to honor Tom Hamilton’s 25 years as voice of the Indians, ballpark’s 20th anniversary August 1-3

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Hamilton’s legendary calls to be celebrated as part of 20th anniversary weekend

Players from ballpark’s rich first 20 years will be on hand for celebration; group includes Jim Thome, whose statue will be unveiled near Heritage Park

The Cleveland Indians have a bevy of festivities planned for the upcoming 20th anniversary celebration at Progressive Field, August 1-3 with the Texas Rangers in town.

The club will honor the Voice of the Indians, Tom Hamilton, during a pregame ceremony on Friday, August 1. Throughout the game, Hamilton’s calls for his all-time Top 10 ballpark moments – listed at Indians.com/ProgressiveField – will be played throughout the ballpark. Those calls will lead into the evening’s Fireworks show, presented by Wayside Furniture, featuring the Hits of 1994.

On Saturday, August 2, the Indians will unveil the new Jim Thome statue – designed by David Deming of Lakewood — near Heritage Park in the center field area of Progressive Field. Plus, 12,500 fans will receive a Thome replica statue courtesy of KeyBank, Fireworks will have a Jim Thome celebration theme, and fans can enjoy Rally Alley, presented by RTA, before the game on Larry Doby Way.

Sunday, August 3 features Slider’s birthday, in addition to regularly scheduled KeyBank Kids Fun Day, Kids Run the Bases presented by Cleveland Clinic Children’s and a new SportsTime Ohio kids TV show, at 11:45AM in the Kids Clubhouse area.

20th ANNIVERSARY WEEKEND ACTIVITIES

Friday, August 1 vs. Texas, 7:05PM

  • Sugardale Dollar Dog Night
  • Fireworks (Tribute to Hits of 1994), presented by Wayside Furniture
  • Rally Alley presented by RTA
  • KeyBank Hassle Free Weekend

Saturday, August 2 vs. Texas, 7:05PM

  • Jim Thome statue unveiling
  • Jim Thome replica statue (12,500 fans), courtesy of KeyBank
  • Fireworks (Jim Thome Celebration)
  • Rally Alley presented by RTA
  • KeyBank Hassle Free Weekend

Sunday, August 3 vs. Texas, 1:05PM

  • Slider’s birthday
  • KeyBank Kids Fun Day/ KeyBank Hassle Free Weekend
  • Kids Run the Bases presented by Cleveland Clinic Children’s

Tickets will go fast for this action-filled weekend, so fans are encouraged to buy early and save at Indians.com. This season, tickets purchased online will be cheaper than tickets purchased at the Progressive Field Ticket Office/Team Shop.

Cleveland Indians make a difference in the community in May

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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!

Nyjer Morgan’s Sunday: RBI dribbler, homer, nice catch, epic post-game interview

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Nyjer Morgan had a day on Sunday. First, he drove in a run with this excuse-me single that just stayed fair.

Then he homered, his first since July 30, 2012 vs. Houston when he was with Milwaukee.

But he was just getting started. After the game, he hopped on the Indians Radio Network for an interview with Tom Hamilton and Jim Rosenhaus. And it was a classic:

AP photo/audio courtesy of WTAM.

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