The Cleveland Indians have opened the voting for their “Fan of the Year” contest, and also released a list of nominees to choose from.
Indians announce "Fan of the Year" nominees and voting details: pic.twitter.com/QGlqi5Zaxi— Jordan Bastian (@MLBastian) September 13, 2016
As the tweet says, fans can vote by going to mlb.com/awards before September 19, selecting the Indians, then tweeting out their respective nominee’s name.
You can bypass all that by just using the hashtag #IndiansFOTY1 for Nate Crowe, the inventor of the “Party at Napoli’s” phrase, #IndiansFOTY2 for Kat Heintzelman, who wanted a hug from Mike Napoli right before starting chemotherapy, #IndiansFOTY3 for Kyle Chaboudy, who recorded himself being recorded on the big screen, or #IndiansFOTY4 for Markhi Williams, who swapped signed batting gloves with Francisco Lindor. You could skip going to the mlb.com page, but each participant put together a custom video to try and get your vote and they’re kind of neat. I’d suggest checking them out anyway.
Now, with all that said, there’s a huge snub here. Is it me!??!? No, I’m talking about 67-year-old Jacque Mazey, who crocheted every single player, coach, and TV broadcaster their own afghan, complete with a personalized, handwritten note.
Special delivery:— Cleveland Indians (@Indians) September 7, 2016
Jacque Mazey of Perrysburg sent every player, coach and TV broadcaster a hand-crocheted afghan. pic.twitter.com/ik4AkmILf3
I am assuming this contest was planned well ahead of time and Ms. Mazey’s generous contribution was not received in time to get a video made for her. Because, otherwise, what the hell, Indians? [Update: The Indians do have souls.]
Absent Jacque Mazey, this seems like a runaway for Nate Crowe (@HipsterTito), who created a phrase that united Indians fans as much as it did its players. A phrase that ultimately raised $121,000 for cancer research and gave us one of the most counterfeited shirts ever.
And, I mean, come on. This was in his pitch video. How do you not vote for him.