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We had a lot of fans come out for Tribe Fest this weekend, but it’s pretty safe to say that none traveled further than Simon Connor. Simon flew in from Australia to check out Tribe Fest, see his favorite team and meet some players of whom he is a huge fan.
Simon has been a Tribe fan since he was about 3 years old, but he didn’t grow up watching the team live at then-Jacobs Field. His love for the Indians came from watching the movie “Major League.” Major League shows a fictional Cleveland Indians team and its owner, who puts together an awful roster in order to get the team relocated. Once the team figures out the owner’s plan, they start winning just to prove her wrong. The movie came out when Simon was a kid, and he has been a Tribe fan ever since.
“Back when I was growing up baseball wasn’t very big, and when I was three the movie (Major League) was coming out. So I thought – Indians. Done. I’ll follow them,” he said Saturday at Progressive Field.
When Simon was a kid, Indians games were rarely on TV. He explained that bigger name teams like the Yankees or the Red Sox would have games shown in Australia, but Indians games were tough to come by. However Simon was able to watch in 1995 when the Indians were battling for the World Series title against the Atlanta Braves. There was also a sibling rivalry happening.
“My brother is a massive Braves fan, and my dad is for the Phillies,” Simon said. “So in 1995 World Series my brother was pretty happy and I was pretty upset.”
While at Tribe Fest this weekend, Simon got the chance to interact with some of the players and got autographs from Mike Aviles, Yan Gomes, Cody Allen and Trevor Bauer. He was also excited to see Tom Hamilton and Jim Rosenhaus, who are his connection to the Tribe during the season.
“I have headphones on at work, and I listen to the radio with the At Bat app on my phone,” he said. “People know not to talk to me during that time at work because I’m listening to the Tribe. They know if they’re winning or losing, that’s for sure. I’m in a bad mood if the Indians lost that day, so they know to just leave me alone for a while.”
Being from Australia, Simon rarely has the chance to see the Indians play live in person. His first time at Progressive Field was in 2013 when he came to Cleveland for a 10-game homestand. He said that seeing his favorite team play in person was like a dream come true.
Simon will be in the U.S. vacationing for the next five weeks and plans to see a few Cavs games and then head over to Boston and New York, among other cities, to catch up with some friends.
Glad you could make it to Tribe Fest, Simon! Go Tribe.
– TribeVibe contributor Angela Martin
We brought you our great photographers’ shots from Day 1 last night/this morning.
Here’s more. We’ll see you in 75 days at Progressive Field!
–Photos by Dan Mendlik and Sarah Sachs
More from Tribe Fest Day 1: Photos! Autographs, haircuts, interviews, babies being signed and more!
–Photos by Sarah Sachs
This year’s Tribe Fest has a full slate of fun activities on the KeyBank Main Stage! Here’s a schedule:
10:10AM-10:40: “Chat with the President,” with Mark Shapiro, hosted by Tom Hamilton
10:40-11:10: Noon-12:35PM: “Progressive Field Evolution,” with VP Andrew Miller
11:25-12:25PM: “Minute to Win It,” with players and hosted by Tom Hamilton and Jim Rosenhaus
12:40-1:40: “Glory Days in Tribe Town,” with Tom Hamilton and Terry Pluto
1:55-2:55: “Toeing the Rubber,” with players, pitching coach Mickey Callaway and hosted by Jim Rosenhaus
Do you love the Tribe? Do you love “Family Feud”?
Then you HAVE to be at Saturday’s early Tribe Fest session: “Tribe Feud” will pit four Indians players against each other in a game of Family Feud on the KeyBank main stage – and comedian Mike Polk will be your host!
And here’s a bonus: YOU can win your way on to one of the players’ teams!
Teams will be made up of two players and two fans. On Tuesday afternoon, beginning at 4PM, we will have a contest to see which Tribe fans will be
We won’t give away what the object of the contest is, but suffice it to say you’re going to have to prove how big of a Tribe fan you are.
For those that don’t win your way on to one of the teams, be sure to be at the KeyBank main stage at 12:45 to watch all of the fun. Should be a heck of a good time.
In the meantime, here are some of our favorite “Family Feud” moments:
ProTravel and Goodyear Ballpark are giving away a trip to Spring Training! Come to Tribe Fest and look for the Goodyear/Pro Travel booth to sign up for your chance to win.
The winner will receive a four-day, three-night trip for four to Goodyear, AZ with airfare (up to $500 per person), hotel, car rental and game tickets included in the prize. Sound fun? We thought so. Stop by the Goodyear table at Tribe Fest on January 24 and 25 to enter. A winner will be selected on February 6, 2015.
Good luck, and we’ll see one of you at Spring Training.
Tickets: General admission tickets are $10, and available at Indians.com/TribeFest. Fans can guarantee autographs by bundling autograph tickets with their GA purchase – and they should do soon because autograph sessions are selling out quickly!
Parking: Due to events at Quicken Loans Arena on Saturday night and Sunday, parking could be both limited and costly. We have a limited supply of $3 parking spots available in the Gateway East garage: If you’ve already purchased tickets for Tribe Fest, call 216-420-HITS and they will add parking to your purchase for just $3. If you haven’t purchased tickets but will, add parking on to your purchase during the checkout process.
Who will be there?: Cy Young winner Corey Kluber, MVP finalist Michael Brantley, Silver Slugger Award winner Yan Gomes, Jason Kipnis, Nick Swisher, Michael Bourn, Lonnie Chisenhall, Carlos Carrasco, Carlos Santana, Manager Terry Francona and plenty more!
Who will be signing when and where?: All player appearances are subject to change and will be announced shortly before each autograph session.
Promotional schedule announcement: We’ll announce our exciting 2015 promotional schedule on the main stage at Tribe Fest at Noon on Saturday – be there to find out what great stuff we have planned!
Text alerts: Sign up for event updates by texting TRIBEFEST to 38955 (msg/data rates may apply).
Win a trip to Goodyear!: ProTravel and Goodyear Ballpark are giving away a trip to Spring Training! Stop by their booth at Tribe Fest to enter.
Batting cages: Kids can swing like the pros in the batting cages at the ballpark (waivers required).
MLB Advanced Media table: Stop by the Club Lounge (where player photos will take place) to receive a free pair of Indians sunglasses – perfect for thinking of spring!
MLB.com Ballpark app: Make sure to download the Ballpark app from the iTunes store for Tribe Fest and for the 2015 season at Progressive Field! Check in to receive benefits such as:
- Check-in offers: KeyBank will be giving away fun stuff all weekend long to select people who check in on the Ballpark app
- Tribe Fest maps, information
- And plenty more during the season!
Tribe Fest Feud: You can win your way into a game of the feud! Four of our players will split up into two teams, and on Jan. 21, we will run a contest for four fans to win spots on those teams! Stay tuned…
Hashtag: Use #TribeFest on Twitter and Instagram all weekend long to have your Tweets or pictures featured on our big screen!
Twitter takeovers: We’ll have our crew taking over @Indians all weekend – Mark Shapiro on Saturday, and then Terry Francona on Sunday!
#TribeFest Social: In-person with chats with Trevor Bauer (Saturday) and TJ House (Sunday)
- Stay tuned to our Twitter account for how you can win!
Check out all the exciting action from this year’s Tribe Fest event, presented by KeyBank!
Despite difficult winter weather conditions, Indians fans endured and overcame the snow and cold to attend the Second Annual Tribe Fest at Progressive Field. This year’s event included two four-hour sessions on Saturday and one six-hour session on Sunday. Nearly 7,000 tickets were sold for the entire event (25% more than 2013; in-park attendance exceeded last year’s total as well).
–Photos by Dan Mendlik and Austin Sosa