Jan
18

Whet your baseball appetite with local Tribe events

Posted in Free, fun, mall, sports
by Jennifer

If you or someone in your family is counting down the days to the start of Spring Training (29 days, if you care to know), you might want to make plans to attend one of the “Tribe on Tour” dates at an area mall.

Cleveland Indians manager Manny Acta, players past and present, and members of the broadcast team will be on hand to greet fans, along with what they say will be family-friendly activities and the chance to create your own play-by-play DVD. 

Visitors also will get the chance to win 2011 Indians Opening Day tickets, 2011 Indians season tickets, Indians batting practice experience, a visit to the Indians radio broadcast booth and a night in the “FanCave,” among other prizes.

The events will be held Friday, Jan. 28, at Beachwood Place and Saturday, Jan. 29, at Great  Northern Mall, but there are two more dates closer to our area.

On Sunday, Jan. 30, the event will be at Summit Mall from 12 to 4 p.m. in the Center Court Platform (I guess that’s the middle where Starbucks used to be), and will feature:

  • Manny Acta
  • Shin-Soo Choo
  • Michael Brantley
  • Matt LaPorta
  • Tony Sipp
  • Mike Hargrove
  • Len Barker
  • Joe Charboneau (Super Joe! Mom might have to show up for that one…)
  • Jim Rosenhaus
  • John Adams

On Monday, Jan. 31, the event moves to South Park Mall in Strongsville. The featured players will be:

  • Shin-Soo Choo
  • Michael Brantley
  • Matt LaPorta
  • Aaron Laffey
  • Tony Sipp
  • Mike Hargrove
  • Joe Charboneau
  • Len Barker
  • Matt Underwood

I distinctly remember following every move of the Indians when I was in junior high school, and I had a Super Joe Charboneau poster on my wall when he was “Rookie of the Year.” Duane Kuiper, Bert Blyleven, Mike Hargrove…they were all favorites. I would love to read their “behind the scenes” antics, and of course I listened to every game I could on a little lamp/clock/AM radio I had by my bed in the room I shared with my younger sister. Somehow she did not share my affection for the Tribe, and these radio broadcasts annoyed her greatly.

Now that my 14-year-old daughter is equally enamored of the Indians and can’t wait until spring training, you can bet we’ll be making plans to hit one of the malls next weekend. The technology has changed greatly since I was in junior high, and she watches the games, when she can, in high-definition on a 53-inch screen — on the rare times when the Indians might make network television — pausing and rewinding to catch each spectacular play. 

Let’s hope there are lots of those moments this year. Go Tribe!

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