Cleveland Indians Charities Coordinator, Talks Indians Baseball to Uniontown Lions Club

By Bob Kendall and Sports Network

Cleveland Indians Charities Coordinator, Nate_JanosoAt the March 28 meeting of the Uniontown Lions Club the special guest speaker was Cleveland Indians Charities  Coordinator, Nate Janoso. Janoso has been with the tribe in a full-time capacity since 2003 and had several positions for the organization. In his current role Janoso, works the Cleveland Indians Charities and Alumni relations for the club.

The Cleveland Indians Charities works with Cleveland city Youth and the Girls and Boys Clubs in the area helping to to provide baseball and other sports opportunities for the the area children.

Janoso highlighted the alumni relations effort that is ongoing during the season and brings in fan favorites for weekend meet and greets and autograph signings. Next Nate gave us a preview of what the team projects from the upcoming season.

Janoso also highlighted the stadium events for the upcoming events including fireworks, giveaways and dollar hot dogs. The presentation concluded with a couple of raffle drawings for signed photos of past players.

 

 

 

 

Please note that the following comments should be attributed to Sports Network and not to the Cleveland Indians or Nate Janoso:

There wasn’t a better story through the first four months of the season than the Cleveland Indians. But the story didn’t end well as hoped for the Tribe as injuries mounted during the later part of the season.

Cleveland stormed out of the gate and into first place in the AL Central by opening with a 14-2 record at home and a 30-15 record through May 23.

It wasn’t just that they were winning, it was the way they were winning. Mixed throughout the season were 36 comeback wins and 18 victories in the last at- bat. The Indians enjoyed 12 walk-off wins, including seven that came courtesy of walk-off home runs. That marked the most walk-off blasts in one season for the Indians since the team had nine such shots in the 1995 campaign.

Injuries, though, started to take their toll and the team struggled mightily in the second half, before ending the year 80-82, up 11 wins from 2010, but still a whopping 15 games back of American League Central Division champion Detroit.

The club used the disabled list 22 times and only had Hafner, Choo, Cabrera and Grady Sizemore — Cleveland’s four most established hitters — in the same lineup for 17 games. In all, Tribe players lost 826 days due to time spent on the DL.

Injuries have already reared their ugly head this year, as Sizemore (of course), is out until June following back surgery, while closer Chris Perez might not be ready at the start of the season because of an oblique injury suffered early in spring training.

Hopefully that is not a sign of things to come for the rest of the team.

Below we take a capsule look at the 2012 edition of the Cleveland Indians, with a personnel evaluation and prognosis included therein:

2011 FINISH (80-82) – Second Place (AL Central)

KEY OFFSEASON ADDITIONS: Derek Lowe (RHP), Casey Kotchman (1B), Jose Lopez (INF), Kevin Slowey (RHP), Dan Wheeler (RHP), Aaron Cunningham (OF)

KEY OFFSEASON SUBTRACTIONS: Austin Kearns (OF), Jensen Lewis (RHP), Mitch Talbot (RHP), Luis Valbuena (INF)

PROJECTED LINEUP: Michael Brantley (CF); Asdrubal Cabrera (SS); Shin-Soo CHoo (RF); Carlos Santana (C); Travis Hafner (DH); Casey Kotchman (1B); Shelley Duncan (LF); Jason Kipnis (2B); Jack Hannahan (3B)

PROJECTED ROTATION: Justin Masterson (RHP); Ubaldo Jimenez (RHP); Derek Lowe (RHP); Josh Tomlin (RHP); Jeanmar Gomez (RHP)

PROJECTED CLOSER: Chris Perez (RHP)

MANAGER: Manny Acta

CAN UBALDO JIMENEZ GET BACK TO WHERE HE WAS IN 2010?

How serious were the Cleveland Indians last season? Well they went out and acquired the best starter on the market at the trade deadline, plucking flamethrowing right-hander Ubaldo Jimenez from the Colorado Rockies for a pair of blue chip prospects in a blockbuster deal.

After an amazing 2010 season in Colorado, Jimenez struggled in the first half of 2011 and never really got on track. His time in Cleveland was nothing special, either, as he went just 4-4 with a 5.10 ERA in 11 starts, a far cry from the 19 wins and 2.88 ERA he flashed the previous season.

How concerned were the Tribe with the way Jimenez finished? Well they sent a trainer to the Dominican Republic for the entire offseason to work with him.

The Indians were one of the feel-good stories last season and have a ton of young talent in their lineup. If they are really going to make some noise in the AL Central, though, Jimenez needs to be close to the pitcher he was two years ago in Colorado.

Cleveland did unload some of the burden from Jimenez’s shoulders this winter with the acquisition of innings-eater Derek Lowe. Though, he and the right- hander formerly known as Fausto Carmona combined to lose 32 games last season.

Jimenez’s struggles, though, have continued this spring. However, he insists that he is healthy. The Indians better hope so if they have any shot at all of unseating the Detroit Tigers.

CAN SHIN-SOO CHOO STAY ON THE FIELD?

It’s almost amazing that the Indians were able to accomplish so much with Shin-Soo Choo sidelined for the majority of the season with an assortment of ailments.

The Korean right-fielder, who is a free agent at season’s end, is healthy, though, now and is looking to pick up right where he left off in 2010 when he hit .300 and set career highs with 22 home runs and 90 RBI.

Last year, though, was a different story. It all started with a DUI, then Choo suffered a broken thumb and a left oblique injury. In all he only appeared in 85 games last season and hit just .259 with eight home runs and 36 RBI. He had hit .300 with at least 20 homers and 20 stolen bases in each of the previous two years.

Choo entered camp this year in the best shape of his life and 20 pounds lighter after a four-week basic training program with the South Korean army.

All Korean men are obligated to serve in the military for two years before they turn 30 years old. Choo became exempt by helping South Korea capture the gold medal in the Asian Games two winters ago.

IS ASDRUBAL CABRERA FOR REAL?

Everyone in Cleveland knew Asdrubal Cabrera was as good with the glove as anyone in baseball. What they didn’t know was just how good he was with the stick.

Cabrera broke out offensively last season, as he established career marks in homers (25), RBI (92), runs scored (87), hits (165), total bases (278) and slugging percentage (.460).

His 25 homers set a new franchise record for a shortstop, and his 92 RBI were the most by an Indians shortstop since Lou Boudreau collected 106 during the 1948 campaign. Among AL shortstops this past season, Cabrera ranked first in RBI and hits, and was second in homers, runs and doubles.

X-FACTOR: ROBERTO HERNADEZ HEREDIA: Who? Well that is the man formerly known as Fausto Carmona. Heredia, who is three years older (31) than previously thought, was arrested in January for using a false identity to secure a U.S. visa and since he is not yet in the country, will most certainly not be with the team when the Tribe breaks camp. Of course Carmona, or Heredia, won 19 games back in 2007, but since then he has combined to win just 33 times in four years. Heredia has showed flashes of brilliance at times, but overall was too inconsistent. Hopefully Heredia has more wins in his right arm than Carmona did.

OUTLOOK

The Indians have the talent to be a factor in the AL Central. They will need another solid season from their starters, especially Jimenez, and their key offensive players must stay healthy and perform at a high level. It’s almost impossible to count on Grady Sizemore anymore, but if Choo and Travis Hafner spend more time on the disabled list than on the active roster, this team is going to have a tough time winning. Even with the addition of another wild card the postseason may be a tough task, one that would probably require another double-digit leap in victories.

There wasn’t a better story through the first four months of the season than the Cleveland Indians. But the story didn’t end well.

Cleveland stormed out of the gate and into first place in the AL Central by opening with a 14-2 record at home and a 30-15 record through May 23.

It wasn’t just that they were winning, it was the way they were winning. Mixed throughout the season were 36 comeback wins and 18 victories in the last at- bat. The Indians enjoyed 12 walk-off wins, including seven that came courtesy of walk-off home runs. That marked the most walk-off blasts in one season for the Indians since the team had nine such shots in the 1995 campaign.

Injuries, though, started to take their toll and the team struggled mightily in the second half, before ending the year 80-82, up 11 wins from 2010, but still a whopping 15 games back of American League Central Division champion Detroit.

The club used the disabled list 22 times and only had Hafner, Choo, Cabrera and Grady Sizemore — Cleveland’s four most established hitters — in the same lineup for 17 games. In all, Tribe players lost 826 days due to time spent on the DL.

Injuries have already reared their ugly head this year, as Sizemore (of course), is out until June following back surgery, while closer Chris Perez might not be ready at the start of the season because of an oblique injury suffered early in spring training.

Hopefully that is not a sign of things to come for the rest of the team.

Below we take a capsule look at the 2012 edition of the Cleveland Indians, with a personnel evaluation and prognosis included therein:

2011 FINISH (80-82) – Second Place (AL Central)

KEY OFFSEASON ADDITIONS: Derek Lowe (RHP), Casey Kotchman (1B), Jose Lopez (INF), Kevin Slowey (RHP), Dan Wheeler (RHP), Aaron Cunningham (OF)

KEY OFFSEASON SUBTRACTIONS: Austin Kearns (OF), Jensen Lewis (RHP), Mitch Talbot (RHP), Luis Valbuena (INF)

PROJECTED LINEUP: Michael Brantley (CF); Asdrubal Cabrera (SS); Shin-Soo CHoo (RF); Carlos Santana (C); Travis Hafner (DH); Casey Kotchman (1B); Shelley Duncan (LF); Jason Kipnis (2B); Jack Hannahan (3B)

PROJECTED ROTATION: Justin Masterson (RHP); Ubaldo Jimenez (RHP); Derek Lowe (RHP); Josh Tomlin (RHP); Jeanmar Gomez (RHP)

PROJECTED CLOSER: Chris Perez (RHP)

MANAGER: Manny Acta

CAN UBALDO JIMENEZ GET BACK TO WHERE HE WAS IN 2010?

How serious were the Cleveland Indians last season? Well they went out and acquired the best starter on the market at the trade deadline, plucking flamethrowing right-hander Ubaldo Jimenez from the Colorado Rockies for a pair of blue chip prospects in a blockbuster deal.

After an amazing 2010 season in Colorado, Jimenez struggled in the first half of 2011 and never really got on track. His time in Cleveland was nothing special, either, as he went just 4-4 with a 5.10 ERA in 11 starts, a far cry from the 19 wins and 2.88 ERA he flashed the previous season.

How concerned were the Tribe with the way Jimenez finished? Well they sent a trainer to the Dominican Republic for the entire offseason to work with him.

The Indians were one of the feel-good stories last season and have a ton of young talent in their lineup. If they are really going to make some noise in the AL Central, though, Jimenez needs to be close to the pitcher he was two years ago in Colorado.

Cleveland did unload some of the burden from Jimenez’s shoulders this winter with the acquisition of innings-eater Derek Lowe. Though, he and the right- hander formerly known as Fausto Carmona combined to lose 32 games last season.

Jimenez’s struggles, though, have continued this spring. However, he insists that he is healthy. The Indians better hope so if they have any shot at all of unseating the Detroit Tigers.

CAN SHIN-SOO CHOO STAY ON THE FIELD?

It’s almost amazing that the Indians were able to accomplish so much with Shin-Soo Choo sidelined for the majority of the season with an assortment of ailments.

The Korean right-fielder, who is a free agent at season’s end, is healthy, though, now and is looking to pick up right where he left off in 2010 when he hit .300 and set career highs with 22 home runs and 90 RBI.

Last year, though, was a different story. It all started with a DUI, then Choo suffered a broken thumb and a left oblique injury. In all he only appeared in 85 games last season and hit just .259 with eight home runs and 36 RBI. He had hit .300 with at least 20 homers and 20 stolen bases in each of the previous two years.

Choo entered camp this year in the best shape of his life and 20 pounds lighter after a four-week basic training program with the South Korean army.

All Korean men are obligated to serve in the military for two years before they turn 30 years old. Choo became exempt by helping South Korea capture the gold medal in the Asian Games two winters ago.

IS ASDRUBAL CABRERA FOR REAL?

Everyone in Cleveland knew Asdrubal Cabrera was as good with the glove as anyone in baseball. What they didn’t know was just how good he was with the stick.

Cabrera broke out offensively last season, as he established career marks in homers (25), RBI (92), runs scored (87), hits (165), total bases (278) and slugging percentage (.460).

His 25 homers set a new franchise record for a shortstop, and his 92 RBI were the most by an Indians shortstop since Lou Boudreau collected 106 during the 1948 campaign. Among AL shortstops this past season, Cabrera ranked first in RBI and hits, and was second in homers, runs and doubles.

X-FACTOR: ROBERTO HERNADEZ HEREDIA: Who? Well that is the man formerly known as Fausto Carmona. Heredia, who is three years older (31) than previously thought, was arrested in January for using a false identity to secure a U.S. visa and since he is not yet in the country, will most certainly not be with the team when the Tribe breaks camp. Of course Carmona, or Heredia, won 19 games back in 2007, but since then he has combined to win just 33 times in four years. Heredia has showed flashes of brilliance at times, but overall was too inconsistent. Hopefully Heredia has more wins in his right arm than Carmona did.

OUTLOOK

The Indians have the talent to be a factor in the AL Central. They will need another solid season from their starters, especially Jimenez, and their key offensive players must stay healthy and perform at a high level. It’s almost impossible to count on Grady Sizemore anymore, but if Choo and Travis Hafner spend more time on the disabled list than on the active roster, this team is going to have a tough time winning. Even with the addition of another wild card the postseason may be a tough task, one that would probably require another double-digit leap in victories.

She Needed a Special Bike, Invercargill’s Lions Clubs Got One for Her

ALEX FENSOME

Getting her first bike was even more special for Cheyanne Richards than for other children her age.

The Invercargill 7-year-old was born with achondroplasia, a condition which causes dwarfism.

The $350 bike, donated by the Waikiwi and Invercargill East Lions Clubs, allow Cheyanne to exercise and get out and about.

Other bikes were either too small or had seats which were too high.

The bright pink machine was specially adapted for her. It is a big hit with the St Joseph’s School pupil.

“It’s so fast,” Cheyanne said, pedalling around the driveway of her Invercargill home.

The bike was presented by Invercargill East club president Joe Wilson and Waikiwi president John Warren.

It had been altered by Rob McMurdo, of Wensley Cycles.

Cheyanne’s mother, Desaray Richards, was blown away by the Lions’ generosity and her daughter’s reaction.

“I think it’s absolutely amazing,” she said. “It’s going to strengthen her so much.”

The bike would aid her recovery from surgery for her condition, she said.

Cheyanne’s physiotherapists, Mardi Postill and Marie Cruickshank, said she could now enjoy bike rides to Queens Park for exercise and to play with other children.

“She’s never even ridden a bike before,” they said. “She candevelop her fitness and strength and be like other kids.”

The bike had stabilisers for the moment, but there was already talk about Cheyanne doing the Surf-to-City bike ride next year.

Jackson Lions host district meeting

LionsClubThe Jackson Township Lions Club hosted the District 13-D Cabinet Meeting at John Knox Presbyterian Church on Nov. 13.  The district is comprised of five counties: Columbiana, Mahoning, Portage, Stark and Trumbull.  Within this District are 57 clubs, which include the Stark County clubs of Canton, East Canton, Jackson Township, Magnolia, North Canton and Sandy Valley Leos Club.  Delegates of this executive body meet quarterly to review activities of the Ohio Lions and the International Association of Lions Clubs that are passed on to the individual Clubs.

District Governor David Gauch, a member of the Crestwood Lions Club in Mantua, Ohio, was the presiding officer of this meeting.  Others accepting reports at this meeting were First Vice District Governor John Woodside of the Jackson Township Lions Club, Second Vice District Governor Tom Zickefoose of the Girard Lions Club and Cabinet Secretary Treasurer Paul Metrovich of the East Liverpool Lions Club.  Reports from the zone chairmen, state committees, district committees, governor’s advisory committee and governor’s honorary committee were entered with information to be passed on to Clubs at visits in the coming months.

Accepted at this meeting was a letter from the Jackson Township Lions Club to place John Woodside’s name in nomination for the office of district governor for the 2012 – 2013 fiscal year.  First Vice District Governor John Woodside has been a Lion for 48 years.  He served as president of the Jackson Township club in 2004-2005, club secretary for six years and served on the district cabinet in various capacities since 1999. He currently is treasurer of the Melvin Jones District 13-D Lions Eye Care Foundation.

Sweetest Day is October 15

Sweetest Day Editorial (1922)Sweetest Day is an observance celebrated primarily in the Great Lakes region, and parts of the Northeast United States, on the third Saturday in October.[1] It is described by Retail Confectioners International as an “occasion which offers all of us an opportunity to remember husbands, boyfriends, the sick, aged and orphaned, but also friends, relatives and associates whose helpfulness and kindness we have enjoyed.”[2] Sweetest Day has also been referred to as a “concocted promotion” created by the candy industry solely to increase sales of sweets.[3]

Origin

Sweetest Day was a promotion concocted by Cleveland confectioners in 1921.[3] The Cleveland Plain Dealer’s October 8, 1921 edition, which chronicles the first Sweetest Day in Cleveland, states that the first Sweetest Day was planned by a committee of 12 confectioners chaired by candymaker C. C. Hartzell. The Sweetest Day in the Year Committee distributed over 20,000 boxes of candy to “newsboys, orphans, old folks, and the poor” in Cleveland, Ohio.[3] The Sweetest Day in the Year Committee was assisted in the distribution of candy by some of the biggest movie stars of the day including Theda Bara and Ann Pennington.[3]

There were also several attempts to start a “Sweetest Day” in New York City, including a declaration of a Candy Day throughout the United States by candy manufacturers on October 8, 1922.[4] In 1927, The New York Times reported that “the powers that determine the nomenclature of the weeks of October” decreed that the week beginning on October 10, 1927 would be known as Sweetest Week.[5] On September 25, 1937, The New York Times reported under Advertising News and Notes that The National Confectioners Association had launched a “movement throughout the candy industry” to rank Sweetest Day with the nationally accepted Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, and St. Valentine’s Day.[6] In 1940, another Sweetest Day was proclaimed on October 19. The promotional event was marked by the distribution of more than 10,000 boxes of candy by the Sweetest Day Committee.[7] The candy was distributed among 26 local charities. 225 children were given candy in the chapel at the Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Children on October 17, 1940.[7] 600 boxes of candy were also delivered to the presidents of the Jewish, Protestant and Catholic Big Sister groups of New York.[7]

Today

Sweetest Day commonly involves women giving their husband or boyfriends candy. While it is not as large or widely observed as Valentine’s Day, it is still celebrated in parts of the United States, despite persistent allegations of being a “Hallmark holiday.”[8]

Retail Confectioners International describes it as “much more important for candymakers in some regions than in others (Detroit and Cleveland being the biggest Sweetest Day cities)”.[2] The popularity in Detroit was greatly perpetuated by the Sanders Candy Company. Frederick Sanders of Detroit, Mi was a large promoter of the holiday. In 2006, Hallmark marketed 151 greeting card designs for Sweetest Day. American Greetings marketed 178.[9]

Criticism

Since Sweetest Day was invented by commercial interests which stood to profit from such a holiday, dissenting Cleveland residents refer to it as a “Hallmark holiday[8] (although it was not invented by Hallmark Cards company). Due to its relative historical insignificance, adherence limited to the Great Lakes region and commercial origins, many Clevelanders do not celebrate Sweetest Day

References

  1. ^ Cridlin, Jay (2006-10-21). “A sweet day for Hallmark”. St Petersburg Times. Retrieved 2007-02-21.
  2. ^ a b Sweetest Day, retailerconfectioners.org. Retrieved on 2007-02-21.
  3. ^ a b c d The Cleveland Plain Dealer, October 15, 2005.
  4. ^ The New York Times, October 8, 1922.
  5. ^ The New York Times, October 10, 1927.
  6. ^ The New York Times, September 25, 1937.
  7. ^ a b c The New York Times, October 18, 1940.
  8. ^ a b Arnett, Lisa. “Sweet wine o’ mine”. The Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 2007-02-21.[dead link]
  9. ^ Orsborn, Kimberly (2006-10-20). “Sweetest Day born in Ohio”. Mount Vernon News. Archived from the original on 2007-03-26. Retrieved 2007-02-21.

Reenactors storm battlefield in Zoar Ohio

By Denise Sautters
ZOAR —Johnny came marching home Saturday afternoon, following the Battle of Bull Run.

In celebration of the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, Confederate and Union “soldiers” from as far away as Canada, Pennsylvania, Virginia, North Carolina and New York gathered to muster in this historic village to commemorate the 1st Manassas (Va.) Battle in 1861, the first major land battle of the Civil War that occurred three months following the battle at Fort Sumter.Uniformed reenactors conducted battlefield demonstrations, camp living, and home-front activities Saturday. Activities continue today through 10 p.m. More events are scheduled Sunday beginning at 9 a.m. and continuing through 5 p.m.

HISTORY LESSON

Abby Cole of Akron took advantage of the day’s activities to learn about the Civil War as part of her history class.“I’m home-schooled, so this is a history lesson for me,” she said. “It is pretty interesting.”

Her grandmother, Ginny Cole of Akron, is her teacher, and made sure they took advantage of seeing history taking place.

Another student of history attending the activities Saturday was Jacob McCowan of Chillicothe.

“I just really love history,” he said.

CONFEDERATE ARMY

Larry O’Donnell portrayed Confederate Gen. Jeremy Gilmer. He was in charge of topography. His brother, Jim O’Donnell, also participated, but did not take on a different persona. He did serve as Gilmer’s assistant during the weekend activities.

Both are from Michigan, but are part of the 4th Texas Co. E Citizens for Independence in Bold Springs, Texas.

“I am a licensed land surveyor,” said Larry O’Donnell, commenting he lived in Virginia when he first got involved in Civil War reenactments five years ago. “I love this. People do this for a lot of reasons. For me, as a land surveyor, this just seemed to be a natural for me.”

Dena James of Canton, a funeral director at Spiker-Foster-Shriver Funeral Home, described herself as a camp follower.

“We help feed the soldiers,” she said. Dressed in Civil War garb, she and her son, Seth, got a fire started to prepare a meal for Confederate soldiers, while her older son, Corey, a corporal, prepared for battle with the 4th Virginia Regiment. “We follow our soldiers wherever they go.”

Using a hatchet to grind coffee beans, Gregory Renault came from Toronto, Canada, to serve in the Confederate Army.

“A lot of Canadians fought in the Civil War,” he said. “Most of them fought for the North, but there was a fair number of them who supported the South during the war.”

Enjoying the fruits of his labor was Freda Baldwin, also from Toronto, a civilian.

“There were a lot of sympathizers in Canada,” she said. “There were 50,000 Canadians who fought in the war. A lot of Canadians also helped with the Underground Railroad.”

UNION ARMY

Bob Mattocks of Pennsylvania, proudly wore a buck deer tail on the back of his Union hat, a symbol of the 150th Bucktail Infantry marksmanship. The tail had to be from a buck the soldier shot.

“We are supposed to be part of the 2nd Rhode Island Regiment, one of the first units in the war,” he said. “We fired the opening volley at the first Bull Run battle.”

In another area of the “northern” camps, John Aaron, Jim Miller and Sue Lener from Meadville, Pa., also were part of the 150th Bucktail Infantry.

“Women who could pass themselves off as men served in the war,” said Lener, dressed as a soldier. For the purpose of Saturday’s event, her name was Samuel. “Some of the women even moved up in rank.”

Participating in his first reenactmentment, Andrew Sheffer of New Bethlehem, Pa. “I am definitely a private in this event,” he said.

“His friend, Dan Landers, of Clarion, Pa., has been a reenactor for eight years and is a sergeant.

“We are part of the 40th Pennsylvania 11th Reserves,” he said as he prepared for the battle.

The North won the war, but the South won the 1st (and second) Battle at Bull Run.

 

*Photos by Uniontown Lion Bob Kendall

Congratulations Uniontown Lions for another great Festival!

What a Club effort to pull off this event.  Everyone I talked to said this was the best Festival in memory, and I’m sure you all agree. Vendors were happy, parade was great, weather was excellent, Club participation was super (as usual) and the end result appears to be outstanding as well.

 Thanks to one and all for an outstanding effort!

King Lion Gary