Ryan Hohman, Creator and Writer
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 is currently on a mission to find the greatest chicken wing in Columbus, Ohio.
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.
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.
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 of the three to me and was reinforced by my family, although each of the teams have a lifelong supporter in me.
After graduating from Case Western Reverse University, I found work at a local organization providing therapeutic services for at-risk children. The prospects of writing about baseball and, in particular the Indians, was too much to ignore, as writing was always a passion of mine. I have been present at 14 of the last 15 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 (eight down!). I hope to provide logic to the illogical while maybe teaching my readers a thing or two along the way.
Steve Eby, Writer
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 live tweeting my experiences riding the RTA, any and all books, and apples.
Danny Madden, Writer
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.
David Freier, Writer
David was born in Brooklyn New York in 1966 less than a decade after the Dodgers had departed the very same borough. His first professional baseball game was at Yankee stadium and to this day he and his father still argue over who started for the Orioles that day (his father says Mike Cuellar, while he insists it was Jim Palmer). Being a fan of underdogs he naturally became a Mets fan. He grew up in Montclair New Jersey which had the advantage of being home to two baseball legends, Yogi Berra and Larry Doby, as well as having a local college which regularly held baseball card conventions that fed his baseball card hobby. While attending college at the University of Richmond he and some of his friends attended a Richmond Braves game at The Diamond, then (1985) a brand new stadium, and now home to the Richmond Flying Squirrels. This began what has become a passion for the minor leagues of baseball. During his 10 years as a Richmond resident he and his future wife Judi developed an affinity for the Braves, especially when Richmond fan favorite Francisco Cabrera scored the winning run to knock the Pirates from contention and vault the Braves into the World Series of 1991. During extensive travels he has rooted for the Minnesota Twins, Minneapolis Loons, St. Paul Saints, Iowa Cubs, Philadelphia Phillies, Erie Sea Wolves, Berkshire Bears and now the Lynchburg Hillcats. To date he has visited over 110 different baseball parks in which he has seen a game. He has been a Society for American Baseball Research member since 2000, where he participates on the Biographical and Minor Leagues committees, when time permits, pursuing his interest in three generation baseball families. In his day job he is an Associate Professor and Department Chair of Biomedical Science at Lynchburg College in Virginia.