Wednesday, February 26, 2014

What's New With The Tribe

The amazing video screen at the Indians Executive Offices. 
Today, the Indians announced several new initiatives for the 2014 season. A couple of them are pretty darn awesome.

Most importantly, you have until noon, Friday, February 28 to register online for the single ticket pre-sale. Pay attention here kids, last year, Opening Day sold out in 6 minutes. If you don't get your tickets in the pre-sale, you better have fast fingers and an understanding boss. Buying tickets online will save you moohla from purchasing at the team shops or even the ticket window. 


The KeyBank Kids Value Ticket is the best way to take a kid to a game. For all games (except Opening Day), you can buy up to two kids tickets per full-priced adult ticket 48 hours in advance of game time. The kids tickets, good for Mezzanine and Upper Box sections, is the regular price with one big exception...it comes with $15 loaded value to spend on food, beverages and merchandise (no booze...it is for kids). You can check more info here.


There is a new flexible ticket option, Carnegie Tickets. You make an investment into your account, and you can use that money for seats in any location for any game, as long as they are available.

You can receive bonuses based on your initial investment and can find more information here


Buckle up because this is my favorite new initiative. The Tribe has heard those of us that are desperate for the bobble head/tshirt/jersey but have to work or just don't want to stand in line for hours.

For $5, you can purchase online a Promo Pass so you are *guaranteed* the promo item for that game. It is available for 5 games: Orel Hershiser Bobble, Brohio Bobble, Omar Jersey, Kipnis Bobble and Thome statue. 

If you are a season ticket holder, you have access to nearly ALL of the promo items through Tribe Rewards. 

For more info on the Promo Pass, click here. For info on Tribe Rewards, click here

The Indians have also boosted the quantity of items for several dates to 12,500, including the newly added, Dr. Smooth, Michael Brantley Bobblehead on September 1. 

Brohio Governor, Adam Gockowski.
The Governor of Brohio, Adam Gockowski, was sworn in by Ketchup today, starting off what I believe to be an adventurous term. If you are unaware, Nick Swisher coined the term Brohio and section 117 on Friday and Saturday nights is his domain. Ok, Swisher isn't in the stands, but that is where the bros and broettes are. Adam's job will be to keep fans fired up and cheering throughout the game.

Anything that gets fans excited about games is awesome in my book. Look for a new Brohio tshirt on Opening Day along with a Brohio Bobble on May 31 and Aviator shades on August 13. 

There are lots of great things planned this year, so be sure to check Indians.com for the latest updates.

Make sure you put in your request off now for Opening Day. 


Monday, February 17, 2014

Photo Fun - Grady Sizemore

Whatcha doin? Photo from Google-fu. 
The days until Indians Spring Training in Goodyear are ticking away painfully slowly.

Tick, thundersnow.

Tick, no salt trucks.

Tick, frozen pipes.

I'm counting the days like a kid waiting for Christmas.

I haven't ran this feature in awhile, so incase you missed it, Photo Fun is when I scroll through my digital photos and share something fun.

Fun in my opinion anyway. It is my blog after all.

Grady Sizemore. Swoon.
Spring Training is a funny thing.  People stand against a fence, while the players walk by going from field to field working on whatever drills. Fans yell and call out, hoping for an autograph. Some guys are super cool and sign for everyone in line.

Others? Not so much.

To be fair, these guys are at work. I don't know what happens if they are late to a drill. I had a basketball coach that would make everyone run until someone threw up if one person was late (nice job Brunswick). Some guys are shy and some guys may not be awesome people. 

With the law of averages in play, out of the entire team, a few guys are going to be jerks to fans. I'm sure that some guys also get overwhelmed with the yelling and grabbing and sharpie shoving. I get that. Since some players may be jerks, I can promise, there are fans that are jerks too. 

Imagine walking out of your office to run to the rest room before your next meeting. Maybe that 2nd cup of coffee wasn't the best idea. And then, out of no where, 20 people start screaming your name, wanting your time. You wave and say you will be back and then 2 guys question whether or not you love your mother. 

Ouch.

This particular Spring Training from the photo, I was giddy to meet Grady Sizemore and get his autograph. Admittedly, I was ridiculous. He was one of the last signatures I needed. 

At Spring Training, I try to get something signed by the team - a ball, bat, wall hanging, etc.

Grady was no easy cookie. 

This picture was right after he signed my ball that almost knocked me unconscious at Salt River Fields. 

That story, is for another day.

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Cigars and Sexism in Ohio City

More macho than Bruce Willis? Nope.
Cigars and macho go hand in hand like Valentine's Day and over priced roses. So, when a local cigar shop, Cigar Cigars,  created a series of ads for a sports talk radio station, 92.3 The Fan, I wasn't shocked that the spots were over the top sexist. 

The attitude of the spots (which are still running) are the basic, Me man, you wo-man, stop nagging me and make me a bacon sammich while you are barefoot popping out babies in the kitchen, online shopping at Vicky Secret and unloading the dishwasher. 

I thought they were tongue in cheek. I thought they were stupid, but making fun of the macho culture. 

Oh, dear readers, how wrong I was. 

According to MTAF Cleveland, a female fan had enough with the spots and wrote to the owner. 

Again, from MTAF Cleveland:

To Whom It May Concern:
Your commercials were extremely offensive to me as they portrayed women in the most unfavorable light. Not only do I listen to sports radio, but I purchase cigars for both myself and MALE friends. I will not be supporting your establishments, nor will I listen to 92.3 if I continue to hear these offensive commercials. It’s the new millennium, get with the times!!!!

Fair enough of a note. She went a little over on the explanation points, but there is nothing vulgar about her response. As a female sports fan, we have to put up with some garbage from male fans. This same station that ran the Cigar Cigars ad, also featured a call in with a porn actress that offered to bang the entire Cavaliers team if they make it to the playoffs. The hosts conducted the interview in the same manner as a 16 year old boy would from his locked bedroom. 

Heidi Klum, yes, women do smoke cigars.
This small business owner had several ways to respond to this fan. He could have apologized. He could have thanked her for her opinion. He could have flat out ignored her. 

But oh, no. The responder answered her email in the least professional way possible. 

Here is the company's response per the MTAF Cleveland article:

Subject: RE: commercials on 92.3 the fan
[Redacted Name]:
Your too much….you find the commercials offensive? That’s hilarious. You note is offensive. You really need to take a chill pill. Give me a break. What exactly do you find offensive? Spell it out! Naganation? Courage? Or Take a stand against post martial romance?

My guess is you complain about everything. TV shows…movies….When you look in the mirror….The size of your male friends _ _ _ _ _.

Over the years we have found more people like our commercials then dislike them. The commercials work so get over it. 

As far as a new millennium. ….gheez. That was pithy. 

We never had you as a customer so we are not losing anything.

It’s good to know FEMINAZISM is alive and well in Cleveland.
Best Regards,
Cigar Cigars
The Perfect Place To Rest Your Ash!

Wow.

Take a minute and read that again. 

Not only is it poorly written, but it is outright offensive. The author of this email clearly is not interested in having women as customers. I'm not sure he wants women to be allowed out of the house unless it is to shop for laundry soap or steaks.

Am I a customer of Cigar Cigars? Nope. I smoke a few cigars a year, so I'm sure I don't matter to Cigar Cigars. I can assure you, however, that I will not recommend anyone to visit them.  There are plenty of other local shops that would get my support.

Since the ads are aimed at married men, I wonder what the wives will say after reading the shop's response to a female customer.

Friday, February 7, 2014

100 Awesome Things - #81 Emptying Your Piggy Bank

My Angry Birds piggy bank emptied.
A found penny here. 

Vending machine change there.

It all adds up, and it all goes in my piggy bank.  Whether the bank is in the shape of a pig, an Angry Bird or Coke bottle, it is a place to squirrel away a little money for something special.

Every year, right after Christmas, I empty out my piggy bank, count and roll the change while watching holiday movies.

And then, I start filling it up again. 

I like to use the change for a nice trip (this year it covered my airfare to sunny Phoenix). 

One word of caution, if you need quarters for laundry or frequent areas with parking meters, you may want to hold some of that change back. 

Otherwise, enjoy something great with your forgotten change.