CLEVELAND, OH--The happiest new member of the Cleveland Indians, along with three legends of the team's past, highlight the team's 2013 promotional schedule released today.
Tribe fans can snag a replica of free-agent signee NICK SWISHER'S No. 33 jersey on Aug. 24 as the Indians take on American League Central rival Minnesota Twins. Swisher's new teammates and Tribe veterans JASON KIPNIS (June 15 vs. Washington) presented by KeyBank and MICHAEL BRANTLEY (July 27 vs. Texas) presented by Sugardale also will be featured in replica jersey giveaways.
Fans wanting to relive the Indians' mid- to late-1990s success will find plenty of interest in the team's 2013 promotions: Slugger ALBERT BELLE, who hit 242 home runs in seven-plus seasons with the club, presented by Medical Mutual, and shortstop OMAR VIZQUEL, presented by KeyBank, will be featured in bobblehead giveaways on June 1 (vs. Tampa Bay) and July 8 (vs. Detroit), respectively.
The jerseys and bobbleheads lead another robust promotional schedule, which starts with a magnet schedule giveaway presented by Progressive Insurance to all fans on Opening Day, April 8.
The Indians' annual Hall of Fame weekend is set for June 22, and in another nod to the team's storied tradition, Progressive Insurance will present a replica of the Indians Hall of Fame plaque of ROCKY COLAVITO, one of the team's most popular former players and owner of 190 homers in an Indian uniform, on Aug. 10.
Aside from player jerseys, fans will have eight other opportunities to pick up Tribe gear: T-shirts depicting the team's 1974-77 alternate jersey, presented by the Plain Dealer (May 4 vs. Minnesota), 1917-18 road jersey presented by Sherwin-Williams (May 29 vs. Cincinnati), and 1973-78 primary logo (Sept. 2 vs. Baltimore) will be given away, as will a 1902 replica road jersey (July 13 vs. Kansas City).
Also included in this year's schedule are Block C rally caps presented by Strickland's Frozen Custard (May 18 vs. Seattle), 1904 Replica Block C road caps (July 6 vs. Detroit), Indians mesh trucker caps (July 31 vs. Chicago) and Indians winter beanie hats (Sept. 7 vs. New York Mets).
Popular promotional staples also will return for 2013: Rock N' Blast, a two-night fireworks spectacular and part of a 16-night fireworks schedule, is set for Aug. 9 and Aug. 10, the latter presented by Progressive Insurance. Fans' canine friends, meanwhile, can watch the team take on Kansas City on June 17 and Sept. 9 as part of the Indians' now-annual Puppypalooza events.
The Indians' Rally Alley presented RTA returns for 17 dates, including Opening Day. Fans will have access to games, live music, concessions and more on Larry Doby Way, which runs behind the left-field bleachers.
The Indians once again will partner with KeyBank on 12 KeyBank Kids Fun Days on Sundays beginning May 5. Plus, Cleveland Clinic will present Kids Move It! Around the Bases at each Sunday home game, and the Kids Clubhouse at Progressive Field also will be open every home game.
Sugardale will present 15 Dollar Dog Nights, the first on Friday, April 12 with the Chicago White Sox in town. KeyBank Rewards Weekend returns for the second consecutive year July 5-8, when fans will be treated to rewards all weekend throughout the park as the Indians take on rival Detroit. Plus, fans on six "Photo Day" occasions can pre-register for an opportunity to take pictures with a player before that day's game.
The Indians on Aug. 24 also will celebrate the 40th anniversary of the first game to which JOHN ADAMS, the drummer who encourages a Tribe victory from the left-field bleachers during each game, brought his legendary bass drum.
For the complete promotional schedule, which also is listed below, visit http://mlb.mlb.com/schedule/promotions.jsp?c_id=cle. All promotions are subject to change. Single-game tickets for the 2013 season go on sale on Feb. 25 at www.Indians.com, all Ticketmaster locations or by calling (216) 420-HITS.
Complete Promotional schedule (subject to change):
April 8: Opening Day / Rally Alley presented by RTA / Magnet schedule with car magnet presented by Progressive Insurance*
April 9: Indians Wall Calendar by Jo-Ann Fabric & Craft Stores**
April 12: Sugardale Dollar Dog
April 13: Photo Day
May 3: Sugardale Dollar Dog
May 4: Faith Concert / 1974-77 alternate jersey T-shirt (red) presented by The Plain Dealer**
May 5: KeyBank Kids Fun Day
May 8: Student ID Night
May 17: Sugardale Dollar Dog / Fireworks / Scout Night
May 18: Photo Day / Block C Rally Cap (red) presented by Strickland's Frozen Custard**
May 19: KeyBank Kids Fun Day
May 20: Weather Education Day presented by Time Warner Cable / Weather Education Booklet
May 29: 1917-18 road jersey T-shirt presented by Sherwin-Williams**
May 31: Rally Alley presented by RTA / Sugardale Dollar Dog / Fireworks presented by Wayside Furniture
June 1: Rally Alley presented by RTA / Scout Day / Albert Belle bobblehead presented by Medical Mutual**
June 2: KeyBank Kids Fun Day
June 14: Rally Alley presented by RTA / Sugardale Dollar Dog / Fireworks presented by Wayside Furniture
June 15: Rally Alley presented by RTA / Fireworks presented by Sugardale / Jason Kipnis Replica Home Jersey presented by KeyBank**
June 16: KeyBank Kids Fun Day
June 17: Puppypalooza
June 19: Student ID Night
June 21: Rally Alley presented by RTA / Sugardale Dollar Dog / Fireworks presented by Wayside Furniture
June 22: Rally Alley presented by RTA / Photo Day / Heritage / Hall of Fame inductions / Fireworks / Indians Flag**
June 23: KeyBank Kids Fun Day
July 5-8: Tigers vs. Indians Series presented by KeyBank
July 5: Rally Alley presented by RTA / Sugardale Dollar Dog / Fireworks presented by Discount Drug Mart
July 6: Rally Alley presented by RTA / 1904 Replica Block C cap (navy blue)**
July 7: KeyBank Kids Fun Day
July 8: Omar Vizquel bobblehead presented by KeyBank**
July 10: Student ID Night
July 11: Summer Camp Day / MLB Network Drawstring Backpack**
July 12: Rally Alley presented by RTA / Sugardale Dollar Dog / Fireworks presented by Wayside Furniture
July 13: Rally Alley presented by RTA / Turn Back the Clock Night / Fireworks / 1902 Replica Road Jersey (navy blue)**
July 14: KeyBank Kids Fun Day
July 26: Rally Alley presented by RTA / Sugardale Dollar Dog / Fireworks presented by Wayside Furniture
July 27: Rally Alley presented by RTA / Photo Day / Fireworks presented by FirstMerit / Michael Brantley Replica Home Jersey presented by Sugardale**
July 28: KeyBank Kids Fun Day / Slider's Birthday
July 31: Sugardale Dollar Dog / Mesh Trucker Cap**
Aug. 1: Summer Camp Day
Aug. 8: Sugardale Dollar Dog
Aug. 9: Rally Alley presented by RTA / Rock N' Blast
Aug. 10: Rally Alley presented by RTA / Photo Day / Rock N' Blast presented by Progressive Insurance / Rocky Colavito Replica Hall of Fame Plaque presented by Progressive Insurance**
Aug. 11: KeyBank Kids Fun Day
Aug. 23: Rally Alley presented by RTA / Sugardale Dollar Dog / Fireworks presented by Wayside Furniture
Aug. 24: Rally Alley presented by RTA / John Adams 40th Anniversary / Fireworks / Nick Swisher Replica Home Jersey**
Aug. 25: KeyBank Kids Fun Day / Crafting at the Ballpark presented by Jo-Ann Fabric & Craft Stores
Sept. 2: 1973-78 Primary Logo T-shirt**
Sept. 6: Sugardale Dollar Dog
Sept. 7: Photo Day / Fireworks / Winter Beanie Hat**
Sept. 8: KeyBank Kids Fun Day
Sept. 9: Puppypalooza
Sept. 10: Sugardale Dollar Dog
Sept. 20: Sugardale Dollar Dog
Sept. 22: KeyBank Kids Fun Day
**--first 10,000 fans