By Corey Kluber, Players Tribune, January 8, 2020
How do you say goodbye to your home? How do you say thank you to 400,000 people?
Cleveland is the only city I’ve known as a major leaguer. Playing for the Indians has been the biggest constant in my professional life. In 10 years there, I pitched pretty well — won some awards and went to the playoffs a few times. It was fun. But just as important as that, Cleveland was where I learned how to be a professional baseball player.
I’ve always been a show-up-and-go-to-work kind of guy, and there isn’t a city better suited to that blue-collar mentality than Cleveland. It’s been a perfect marriage ever since September 1, 2011, when the Indians called me up to the big leagues for the first time.
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Now with the age of the internet being where it is, the accessibility to MLB players is at an all-time high. While growing up, my only hope to know a player was to hear him interviewed on AM radio late at night. Sometimes – and I mean maybe once a week – you could catch the player in a national game of the week.
However, in the year 2019; you can know more about virtually anyone in the game. For example, take Dodgers’ rookie Gavin Lux.
Lux is launching his own YouTube channel. Indeed, Lux posted his first video on Friday which is titled ‘Welcome To My Journey”. By the looks of it, you’re going to get a firsthand look into the life of a young Los Angeles ballplayer. Therefore we ask, what could be better?
Representatives from Phi Delta Theta International Fraternity and the Lou Gehrig Memorial Award Committee presented Indians RHP Corey Kluber with this year’s Lou Gehrig Memorial Award during pregame on Tuesday at Progressive Field. Kluber becomes the first Indians player to receive the award, which recognizes baseball’s best example of Hall of Famer Lou Gehrig’s prowess on the field and giving character off the field.
Corey and his wife Amanda hosted children and their families from the Cleveland Clinic as part of Kluber’s Kids once again in 2019. This player program has impacted over 100 people across nine total experiences at Progressive Field so far this season. Each guest receives a Kluber jersey, six club tickets to an Indians game, six gift cards to the Indians Team Shop and the chance to meet and interact with Corey and Amanda on the field during batting practice. Following each experience, Corey mails a framed photo and handwritten note to the child, thanking them for visiting him that day.
Corey joined forces with his wife Amanda to launch the Kluber Family Foundation in 2018. The foundation hosted its second annual fundraiser, “Curveball for A Cause,” to raise money to support children battling cancer on Monday.
Kluber’s name will be added to the Lou Gehrig Award plaque at the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York, later this year.