The Indians used to travel around to the various cities in Northern Ohio in January, but recently they decided to hold their winter tour at Progressive Field, and based on the response, I think it was a great move. Despite the awful weather, there was a good turnout yesterday, and there should be more today.
Cleveland Indians Tribe Fest 2014 (videos and slide show) | cleveland.com
An overview of what was going on yesterday:
More videos from indians.com:
In addition to the current players there to meet the fans and sign autographs, there were several former players, including Jim Thome and Charles Nagy (Omar Vizquel will be there today.)
Jim Thome humbled to be getting a statue at Progressive Field | indians.com: News
The Indians have set August 2nd as the date that the Jim Thome statue will be revealed, so mark that down on your calendars.
Indians manager Terry Francona on optimism for 2014, what it was like managing Manny Ramirez and more (video) | cleveland.com
A long interview with Terry Francona at TribeFest.
One player that wasn't able to attend TribeFest was John Axford, who couldn't get to Cleveland because of the weather. But to make up for it, he answered some questions on Twitter. Some highlights:
Only if it's delicious, & only if it's in a big glass, & only if I can have a sip of yours! RT: @eljamo86: @JohnAxford can i buy you a beer?— John Axford (@JohnAxford) January 25, 2014
What are you aboot eh? RT: @tylercarmont: @JohnAxford what's your favourite Canadian stereotype? #AskAxford— John Axford (@JohnAxford) January 25, 2014
If I tell you will you call my hotel rooms? RT @IGetRealLow: @JohnAxford #askaxord what's your favorite fake name to check into hotels with?— John Axford (@JohnAxford) January 25, 2014
Too many to choose. Fav album of 2013 was @qotsa though! RT: @Telecaster2014: @JohnAxford What is your favorite rock band? #AskAxford— John Axford (@JohnAxford) January 25, 2014
Wait...there's actually a Timmy's? RT: @Koonu32: @JohnAxford Have you mapped out the Cleveland area Tim Hortons yet? #AskAxford— John Axford (@JohnAxford) January 25, 2014
Neither...there's much better in Canada. RT: @Hop_N_Bothered: @JohnAxford What type of beer do you crush? Labatt or Molson #AskAxford— John Axford (@JohnAxford) January 25, 2014
Brunelleschi! He's the fifth no one knows about! RT: @DSantarelli00: @JohnAxford #AskAxford who's your favorite ninja turtle?— John Axford (@JohnAxford) January 25, 2014