CLEVELAND -- The Indians' first road trip of 2011 is right around the corner.
On Tuesday, Cleveland unveiled its plans for its "Tribe on Tour" event, a new version of the press tour that the club has held in previous winters. Later this month, the Indians will hit the road, with stops at four northeast Ohio malls, offering games, prizes and the chance to meet members of the team.
The tour will include visits to the Beachwood Place Mall in Beachwood on Jan. 28, the Westfield Great Northern Mall in North Olmsted on Jan. 29, the Summit Mall in Akron on Jan. 30 and the Westfield SouthPark Mall in Strongsville on Jan. 31. Each event is free for all attendees.
Joining the "Tribe on Tour" will be a variety of players, as well as some alumni, staff and broadcasters. Manager Manny Acta is slated to be on hand for the first three stops and former player and manager Mike Hargrove is scheduled to take part in all four mall visits.
Though all appearances are subject to change, players scheduled to be at all four stops include outfielder Shin-Soo Choo, outfielder Michael Brantley, first baseman Matt LaPorta and reliever Tony Sipp. Pitcher Aaron Laffey is expected to join those four when the tour pulls into Strongsville.
Fans who join the Tribe throughout its tour will also have a chance to take part in baseball-themed activities. Included will be a home run derby and a chance to create a personal play-by-play DVD. Slider, the Hot Dog Mascots and the Rockin' Robots will also be on hand.
There will also be opportunities for fans to win tickets for Opening Day, April 1, when the Indians kick off the regular season with a home game against the White Sox. Also up for grabs will be 2011 season tickets, a chance to experience a game in the deluxe "FanCave" suite, a visit to the radio booth and a batting practice package, among other prizes.
All participants in the "Tribe on Tour" must first sign a waiver. More detailed information on the tour and waiver can be found at indians.com/tribeontour.
Jordan Bastian is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Major League Bastian, and follow him on Twitter @MLBastian. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.