Weekend Plans With Indians Senior VP Bob DiBiasio: ALCS Prep, Trip To Toronto
The Blue Jays-Indians ALCS kicks off Friday night at Progressive Field, and Indians Senior VP/Public Affairs BOB DIBIASIO is more than ready for the team to finally get back to the World Series. During his 38-year tenure with the club, success has eluded the city on many occasions, but to the Cleveland native this year feels different. He said, “Our town is absolutely going crazy coming off the Cavaliers NBA Championship, which ended the 50-year drought. It is electric right now. Our ballpark is going to be absolutely wild this weekend. This ‘woe is me’ attitude from the Cleveland sports fan has been erased. People are smiling and saying, ‘Hey, why not us?’”
RUNNIN’ DOWN A DREAM: Friday will start early in the morning with radio interviews. Throughout the season, I am on regularly with 11 of our affiliates with the Indians Radio Network. We will begin talking Tribe as early as 5:45am and I will be on with most of them throughout the day. I will then go play my normal basketball game at Notre Dame College here on the east side of Cleveland. There is a group of us old-timers that get together five mornings a week. We have been doing it now for over 20 years. There is only one statistic that matters, and that is field goals attempted. It doesn’t matter how many you make. We just fire it up as often as we can. After that I will head over to the office to prepare for the game. A day like Friday will be all about troubleshooting. I will be just running from here to there taking care of whatever issues there are, whether it be TV interviews or seeing what needs TERRY FRANCONA has.
A LITTLE HELP FROM MY FRIENDS: Indians HOFer ANDRE THORNTON will be throwing out the first pitch on Friday, and I will connect with him and his family to get them all situated in their suite. At 8:08pm, an Indians pitcher will be throwing that first pitch whether we are ready or not. So we better be ready. I do not hang in the press box as much these days during the game as I have in the past. My right-hand man for many years, CURTIS DANBURG, is now in charge of our communications. However, I will make sure I touch base with ESPN Radio, TBS and our home radio and TV guys. I will also chat with some of the national writers that I have gotten to know well. Connecting with guys like BUSTER OLNEY and JERRY CRASNICK, who I have not seen in quite a while, is probably the most fun of the entire weekend.
MEMORY LANE: Saturday will be more of the same. Get up and get a good workout in and get to the ballpark as early as possible. We give a suite to our former manager and player MIKE HARGROVE for the entire season. He is throwing out the first pitch on Saturday. His family is coming in from all over to be a part of that. We bring special VIP guests in to see him every game. KENNY LOFTON will be here this weekend for a charity event. My family and I will watch most of the game with those guys. It is going to be fun. We were able to win two one-run games in the ALDS. It had people on the edge of their seat. Everybody is happy they have had a couple days to exhale and get that momentum going again.
ON THE ROAD AGAIN: My wife and I are driving to Toronto on Sunday. We will spend the night with some of our local media members having dinner someplace and getting ready for Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. I know we have a number of corporate partners that are going to join us on the three-game trip. We will spend a lot of time with them as I try to coordinate the workout on Sunday at Rogers Centre. A little unexpected trip to Toronto in the fall, and I don’t mind it all. It is an easy drive from Cleveland to Toronto and the weather is supposed to be beautiful.