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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 before fireworks 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)
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
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.
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 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.
–Photos by David Cleveland
By Alex Gimenez
It’s been quite a year thus far for the Hamilton family.
Indians play-by-play man Tom Hamilton was honored with his sixth Ohio Sportscaster of the Year Award by the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association. His oldest son, Nick, has continued to develop in the Indians farm system and received a start with the big league club in Spring Training with his proud father watching from the press box.
Most recently, Hamilton’s youngest son, Brad, a senior and starting catcher at Avon Lake, made a splash at Progressive Field through the Cleveland Indians Charities Hardball Classic, presented by Novacare Rehabilitation.
As part of a family with strong ties to Northeast Ohio, Brad grew up living in the shadows of Progressive Field, coming out to the ballpark in the summers once school had closed out for the year. The allure of Major League Baseball hooked the youngest Hamilton and helped to drive him towards a future in the game. The opportunity to play at Progressive Field thus carried with it some extra emotions.
“This is just an awesome experience, getting to play where we all grew up watching the Tribe and wishing we could play on that field. It’s a really neat opportunity,” he said of the experience.
Brad is unquestionably a leader on the Shoremen varsity baseball team. As a senior, team captain and catcher, he is charged with managing not only his pitching staff but the entire Avon Lake roster, and it is clear that his teammates look up to his leadership both on and off the field. On the field, he has done quite well for himself, following in his brother’s footsteps by earning an offer to play for Kent State as a member of the Golden Flashes baseball team.
With high school baseball season just under way in Northeast Ohio after one of the harshest winters in recent memory, Brad and his Avon Lake teammates were faced with an early test, taking on a powerhouse St. Ignatius. The Shoremen had lost this same matchup at the big-league ballpark last season, and in what would amount to his final high school game here, Brad wanted nothing more than a victory for his team.
Standing underneath the ballpark in the Indians batting cages, Brad was living the life of a big leaguer. He was hitting in the same batting cages that many of the players he’d looked up to over the years had used during their stay with the Tribe. Moments later, he walked out towards the home bullpen to warm up his starting pitcher, Avon Lake ace Logan DeLong, following the same path that Tribe great Sandy Alomar Jr. might have taken to warm up Charles Nagy before an early April Indians game in the 1990s.
“Bradley was so excited about getting to warm up his pitcher in the bullpen and hitting under the ballpark in the batting cages, all things that when you are around the game you take for granted,” Tom Hamilton said. “Every kid dreams of being able to play in the big leagues and they got to experience what that would be like for a day.”
Brad Hamilton was behind the plate for the first pitch, and it would not take much longer for him to take center stage in the ballgame, where he struck early and often. In the bottom of the first, Avon Lake loaded the bases with nobody out, bringing Hamilton to the plate. Standing confidently in the box, he lined a two-run single into left-center field to put the Shoremen on the board. The rally would continue as Avon pushed across a total of five runs in the first inning.
Not wasting any time, Hamilton came to the plate in the second inning, again with the bases loaded. On the first pitch, he drove a ball into the gap in left-center field, driving home two more runs to give his team a 7-0 lead. The hit wound up being the game-winner as Avon Lake held on for a 7-5 victory, and Hamilton would finish 2-3 with 4 RBIs.
“It was an unbelievable experience and to get the win is just a bonus,” he said. “I was really happy with everyone’s approach, the guys really battled before me and I was just lucky to be in that situation [to drive in the winning runs].”
The Hamilton family is enjoying a strong year in baseball this year, but understand very well that this game can be unrelenting, with every hitting streak there comes a slump and with success there comes failure.
“We’ve been very blessed and we know how fortunate we are. Baseball is a game with many ups and downs and my kids know that, and we cherish that the boys have had these great experiences thus far this year,” said Tom Hamilton.
Since 1989, CIC has donated nearly $10 million to youth-oriented agencies and organizations of Northeast Ohio, including a $1 million donation in April 2012 to the Boys and Girls Clubs of Cleveland’s “Save the Kids” campaign. Additionally, Cleveland Metropolitan School District high school baseball and softball programs are made possible due to the multi-million-dollar commitment from CIC.
Hardball Classic game recaps
Avon Lake 7, St. Ignatius 5
Avon Lake struck first in the bottom of the first inning with five runs off of Ignatius starter Bennett Kinzel. After loading the bases with nobody out, Hamilton delivered a two-run single to get the scoring started. In the second, Hamilton again delivered for Avon Lake with the bases loaded, driving in two more runs to give the Shoremen a 7-0 lead. Hamilton would finish the day at 2-3 with 4 RBI.
“I don’t know if you can find a hotter hitter in baseball in Northeast Ohio,” Avon Lake head coach Jay Fowler said of Hamilton . “He’s a fabulous talent and a hard worker, and we’re just really happy for him.”
For the Shoremen, starter and ace Logan DeLong worked a scoreless first inning before being lifted from the game to preserve his arm after throwing earlier in the week. He was relieved by Logan Montague, who worked four strong innings, surrendering just one run on six hits.
Trailing by six in the sixth, Ignatius would rally for four runs off of Shoremen reliever Logan Cherni to make it a two-run game. Nick Longo led off the inning with a walk, then swiped second base and scored on a throwing error to ignite the Ignatius offense. Jake Kucia then singled home a run followed by a Sam Fuller two-run double to cap off the scoring for the Wildcats.
Leading by two, Avon Lake put the game into the hands of sophomore reliever James O’Connor, who was making his second appearance for the Varsity team. O’Connor delivered in a big spot, shutting down the Ignatius sixth-inning rally and returning in the seventh to close out the game retiring all four batters he faced.
University School 4, Gilmour Academy 0
In Friday’s Hardball Classic nightcap, Gilmour Academy and University School faced off under the lights of Progressive Field. With school out for the weekend, students from both schools were out in full force to support their teams, lining the home and visiting dugouts creating a playoff-like atmosphere for the players.
Pitching dominated the first two innings, as starters Brandon Jaces and Chandler Waszak traded zeroes for Gilmour and University respectively. Waszak had the strikeout pitch working, retiring five of his first six outs via the strikeout; Jaces pitched to contact.
In the top of the third, the Preppers struck first, scoring two runs on a well-hit ball to deep left-center field off the bat of Waszak. Andrew Domonkos followed with an RBI single to make it 3-0. In the fifth, Domonkos helped University tack on an insurance run with an RBI double to make it 4-0.
Waszak was a force to be reckoned with on the mound throughout, holding the Lancers to just five hits. In the bottom of the sixth, Waszak faced his biggest test of the game, allowing runners to reach second and third with nobody out. He retired the next three batters without surrendering a run on two groundouts and a strikeout, his 12th of the game. He finished with 13 punchouts.
“This is probably one of the first and only times I’ll be playing in a Major League stadium and to be able to come out here and play as well as we did was awesome,” Waszak said of his team’s performance.
For University Head Coach Ben Boka, the opportunity for his players to play at Progressive Field was special.
“This certainly is a tremendous place to play and these boys really appreciate the opportunity to come out here and play and it really makes them come out and play the best that they can,” said Boka.
Elyria Catholic 12, Highland 2
The Panthers scored nine runs in the third inning on their way to the victory over the Hornets. EC won for the second year in a row in the Hardball Classic; the Panthers beat Berea, 10-0, in last year’s event. Noah Bland had two triples and three RBI.
The Cleveland Indians again have a packed schedule of pregame festivities leading up to next Friday’s home opener, set for 3:05PM at Progressive Field vs. the Minnesota Twins.
The game, the Tribe’s 21st Home Opener at Progressive Field, marks the 114th as a charter member of the American League, and the 22st consecutive Home Opener sellout dating back to the team’s final year at Cleveland Municipal Stadium. This year’s game sold out in 15 minutes on March 3.
April 4 is the 20th anniversary to the day of the first game at then-Jacobs Field, and this year’s Home Opener theme will celebrate those 20 years. Progressive Field’s gates will open at 1PM, and the team is encouraging fans to be in their seats by 2:30PM to enjoy a bevy of pregame activities, including:
- Video tribute to the first game at then-Jacobs Field, on April 4, 1994 vs. Seattle
- Raising a 20th-anniversary flag, which features eight Postseason pennants
- Recognition of select Season Ticket Holders who have been with the Indians since 1994
- Recognition of the 2013 Postseason team
- Mike Hargrove throwing a ceremonial first pitch to Sandy Alomar Jr.
- Moment of silence for late broadcaster Mike Hegan
The team also will honor all branches of the United States military, as members of the United States Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines and Coast Guard will present the colors, while an oversized American flag will be presented by 250 employees of Progressive Insurance, the Presenting Partner of the Opening Series.
The national anthem will be performed by the Cleveland Orchestra Double String Quartet, some members of which performed the anthem on Opening Day in 1994.
Rally Alley presented by RTA will get things started at Noon from Larry Doby Way. Opening Day Rally Alley will feature:
- Alumni autographs (2-2:30PM)
- Live music
- Street performers
- Live broadcasts from WTAM and SportsTime Ohio
- Budweiser Build-a-Bar will be featuring Day-Fresh Drafts, along with the Hot Corner Bar in Section 175 and the Bud Patio
- Flo’s Rock N’ Rally trailer, presented by Progressive Insurance
- Chevrolet car display
Additionally, concession stands will offer many options for Catholics in attendance who observe Lenten traditions. They include:
• Veggie Dogs: Sections 162 and 541
• Salads: Sections 108, 162, 550
• Nachos: Sections 121, 154, 162, 171, 181, 311, 529, 556 and 558
• Cheese Pizza: Sections 101, 152, 555
• Fish Sandwich: Sections 101, 152, 164, 562
Tribe Broadcaster Jim Rosenhaus talks about a special day for the Voice of the Tribe Tom Hamilton as his son Nick plays in a Major League Spring Training for the first time. Also visits from Jordan Bastian, and Indians pitcher Danny Salazar. Plus Terry Francona and Chris Antonetti explain the most recent player moves.
Monday was a special day for the Hamiltons.
Nick Hamilton, an Indians 2012 draft pick after helping lead the Kent State Golden Flashes to the College World Series that June, found himself in the lineup as the designated hitter on Monday as the Indians took on the Cincinnati Reds from Goodyear Ballpark. Originally, Nick Swisher was in the lineup as the DH, but when the Reds said pitchers should bat — Cincinnati was the home team — Indians Manager Terry Francona sent Swisher home.
When the DH was re-installed into the game, Hamilton got the call. And his dad, Indians radio play-by-play man Tom, was on hand for the incredible moment:
Said Nick Hamilton after the game: “It was really just a lot of fun. I’m just grateful for the opportunity to be able to get out there and get that first taste of playing in the big leagues. It was just a lot of fun and something I can learn from and build on from here.
“Eventually, looking back, I’m sure this is definitely something that I’m going to cherish.”