Ryan Hohman, Creator
A lifelong Tribe fan, Ryan likes to be known for a couple things, hitting .500 for two consecutive seasons in high school and his pursuit to become The Ultimate Wingman and eat 2,011 wings in 2011. Ryan was a web producer for VH1 and DIRECTV in New York City for seven years and currently works for a tech company that aids small businesses.
Mike Brandyberry, Managing Editor
Mike was Ryan’s first recruit to the DTTWLN blog and has been entrusted to recruit writers and expand coverage. His first memory of Indians baseball was when Cory Snyder was a rookie in 1986. Mike has been lucky enough to see Sandy Alomar homer off Mariano Rivera in the 1997 American League Division Series and the entire 2007 playoffs. He has coached and played at Jacobs Field and was married at home plate in 2009.
Jason Kaminski, Writer
Growing up in the Cleveland area I lived and died with Cleveland sports teams. I can remember going to my first Indians game in 1986 with my dad and sitting wherever we wanted since the stadium was monsterous and sparsely filled. My fondest memories include the final game at Cleveland Stadium, the 1997 All-Star game, and the “bug incident” game in the 2007 Divisional Series vs. New York. I enjoy baseball history so I chose to keep my writing topics related to that. In addition to the Tribe I am also a big Chicago Cubs fan and make a yearly trip to Wrigley Field every summer. I teach junior high English and History for a living as well as write and perform music in my spare time.
Craig Gifford, Writer
Craig has been a fan of sports, especially Cleveland sports, as long as he can remember. His earliest memory of going to baseball games was as a 10-year-old, heckling Jose Canseco. His fondest memories include going to the 2007 ALCS Game 4 (the last the Tribe won) and Brian Tallet’s one-hit masterpiece against the New York Yankees in 2003.
Along with sports, one of Craig’s other passions is writing. He has bachelor’s degree in print journalism from Bowling Green State University. He has strayed from the degree, working as a manager for a sporting good store. However, the blog has gotten his writing juices flowing again. “I have enjoyed the chance to get back to writing, especially in an environment such as this,” he said. “I look forward to posting more (hopefully) interesting stories in the near future.”
Craig lives in Lyndhurst, Ohio. When not working or watching sports, he can be found spending time with his wonderful girlfriend or acting in community theater.
Vince Guerrieri, Writer
Vince Guerrieri works for a trade magazine in the Cleveland area after a 15-year career in newspapers as a news and sports writer and editor. He’s the co-author of “Ohio Sports Trivia,” through Lone Pine Publishing, and “The Blue Streaks & Little Giants: More than a Century of Sandusky and Fremont Ross Football” through the History Press. Vince, a Youngstown native, went to his first Tribe game on July 26, 1989. The Indians came back to beat the Yankees 7-6, and he’s been hooked ever since. His photo is taken from press row at the 2006 All-Star Game in Pittsburgh.
Kevin Schneider, Writer
I grew up in Columbus loving Cleveland and baseball and the bad fortunes this usually meant when combined. I inherited the passionate following for the Tribe from my dad, though, and when it turned out I wouldn’t play for the Indians one day, I decided to contribute as I can. I now live with my mutt, Lofton, in Lawrenceville, Georgia, for instance. Kenny’s spirit lives on in his crazy sprints up and down the stairs and his fierce pursuit of rabbits and birds – instead of fly balls – in the backyard. I beat the Tribe drum in Braves country, where I teach high school language arts. Formerly a staff writer for the News-Herald’s Geauga County bureau, I now pursue my doctoral degree at the University of Georgia and write in my spare time. I still love listening to Tom Hamilton, via the Internet, and cherish meeting him, along with Bob Feller at an Indians charity event. I still value memories of my family sitting among hundreds of others beneath a Cleveland Municipal Park roof in the 1980s. That makes the Jacobs Field sell-out successes taste that much sweeter.
Dave Roberts, Writer
A Northeastern Ohio native, I have been a lifelong Indians fan and lover of all things baseball. My first memory of the Indians was catching a game that featured Kenny Lofton making one of his spectacular catches in Center field. I graduated in 2011 from Youngstown State with my Bachelors in History and currently working on my Masters there in Professional Writing and Editing. I hope to one day become a writer for Major League Baseball.
Bob Toth, Writer
Through the good times and the bad, I have always remained a Cleveland sports fan. I am a lifelong northeast Ohioan and therefore I inherited the unique birthright that is bestowed upon those willing to support the big three sports franchises in Cleveland. Baseball always had the strongest allure though of the three to me and was reinforced by my family, who felt the same way about the sport.
After graduating from Case Western Reverse University, I found work at a local organization providing therapeutic services for troubled children. The opportunity to engage sports and write about the Indians was too good to pass up, as writing has also been a passion of mine. I have been present at 12 of the last 13 home openers and plan to continue that streak for many years to come. I attended the 2007 ALCS games in Cleveland; Game 4 remains one of the loudest and most exhilarating sports memories of my life. I want to eventually see games in all 30 Major League ballparks. My goal is to entertain and educate and hopefully learn a thing or two along the way.
Steve is a fan of all sports, specifically Cleveland sports and Ohio State. First and foremost, however, Steve has been a huge Cleveland Indians fan ever since he can remember. Steve was at Jacobs Field to see Paul Sorrento’s walk-off homerun against Toronto in 1995 as well as the division clincher that same year. He saw Albert Belle’s grand slam against Armando Benitez in ’96 and saw Sandy Alomar’s homerun off of Mariano Rivera in ’97. From 1999 to 2005, Steve worked for the Indians as an usher during high school and college. Steve met his wife, Jennifer, who also worked at the ballpark during the 2002 season.
Laurel Wilder, Writer
My first Tribe memory is from 1997, when my parents took me and my sister to get souvenirs from the Indians’ World Series appearance against the Marlins. I bought a Cleveland Indians hair scrunchie and proudly wore it even after they had the heartbreaking loss in Game 7. I still proudly wear that scrunchie, even after many equally heartbreaking but exciting seasons of being an Indians fan. I was born and raised in a suburb of Cleveland, spent three and a half years at school outside Pittsburgh, and came back to the CLE as soon as I could after earning my B.A. in English. From 9-5, I work in the marketing department of a law firm in downtown Cleveland. Aside from baseball, I enjoy livetweeting my experiences riding the RTA, any and all books, and apples.
Rob McLamb is a rising junior at North Carolina State University and will be covering Cleveland’s hot prospects at high-Class A affiliate, the Carolina Mudcats. A staff writer at his school’s paper, Technician, McLamb received internet praise and several republications with his article “A Prayer for Dean Smith” and he covers football, men’s and women’s basketball, and softball at N.C. State. As a boy, McLamb appeared in two Pepsi commercials due to his basketball prowess and was a ballboy for the Durham Bulls. He also was an extra in the movie “Bull Durham.”
McLamb has been to one Cleveland Indians game in his life.
On Memorial Day in 1998, the defending AL Champions were hosting the Detroit Tigers. Charles Nagy, fresh off his Game 7 defeat the season before, was pitching to the second batter of the game, Bip Roberts,-who had also featured for the Tribe in the previous postseason. On the second pitch of the at-bat, Roberts lined a fastball foul on the third base side and McLamb had his very own major league souvenir. The dirty American League baseball remains on his mantle to this day and is one of his most cherished keepsakes.
I became an Indians fan pretty much the day I was born. I grew up as a little kid through the glory days of the 1990′s team, and ever since then I’ve been a huge Tribe fan. I’ve seen the highs, and and I’ve certainly seen the lows, but no matter what happens, I’ll always be an Indians fan. Two of my favorite memories have both taken place in section 117 at the Jake. The first being the night that Carlos Santana hit a walk off grand slam against the Tigers back in 2011, and the second being the night that I was the governor of BrOhio for the night in September of 2013. The bases were loaded, and Nick Swisher came to the plate and smacked a grand slam, and being apart of the BrOhio section that night just made that moment that much better.
Currently I’m an Electrical Engineering student at the University of Akron looking to graduate in the spring of 2015. After that I hope to pursue a career in the engineering field while also contributing in anyway that I can to this great Cleveland Indians fan base.
Alex has been an Indians fan his entire life. He was born in Westlake but has spent most of his life living in Columbus. He graduated from Bowling Green State University in December 2013 with a degree in Sport Management and minored in Journalism.
During the three and a half years in BG, Alex spent three years as a reporter and later, sports editor, of the BG News, and he worked as a student volunteer with the BGSU Athletic Communications department. Alex covered most of the 18 varsity sports at BGSU including football, which he traveled to two bowl games (2012 Military Bowl and 2013 Little Caesar’s Pizza Bowl) and covered BG’s first MAC Championship since the early 90s.
Alex has also spent time on the West Coast, interning with the Oakland Raiders internet department in the summer of 2013. While living in Oakland, he wrote and developed content for the Raiders’ website and social media platforms. Alex went to 15 MLB games (13 San Francisco Giants games and two Oakland Athletics games) during the three months he lived in the Bay Area.
While growing up in Columbus, Alex played baseball for 13 years. He was a starting catcher and outfielder in high school.
His favorite MLB teams include the Cleveland Indians and the San Francisco Giants. His all-time favorite player is Jim Thome and his favorite ballpark is AT&T Park in San Francisco.
Alex currently lives in Westerville and is a communications intern with the Columbus Crew.