The Lake County Captains will host their ninth annual Hot Stove Dinner on Tuesday, January 18, from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. The event will feature a silent auction, a buffet dinner and opportunity for fans to meet top prospects from the Cleveland Indians organization. It takes place at Classic Park in Eastlake, home of the 2010 Midwest League champions.
The event coincides with the Indians' Winter Development Program, which brings the organization's top prospects to Cleveland for off-season training in the Cleveland area.
Fans at the Hot Stove dinner will have the opportunity to meet former Captains players and other top Cleveland Indians prospects, as well as members of the Indians' Player Development Department. The players will sign autographs and be a part of question and answer session.
Players who have attended in past years include current Indians Carlos Santana, Michael Brantley, Jason Donald, Frank Herrmann, Jeanmar Gomez and former Captains Nick Weglarz, Carlton Smith and Josh Judy.
A silent auction of various Captains and Indians memorabilia will also be held during the evening, with 100% of the proceeds benefiting Captains Charities, an official organization that serves as the charitable arm of the baseball club.
The event is held in the batting cage building at Classic Park. Fans will enter through the Captains' home clubhouse and be able to get a photo taken with the Midwest League Championship trophy.
The buffet dinner will include penne pasta with Italian sausage and meatballs, boneless chicken tenders, pizza, Italian sausage sandwiches, grilled chicken breast sandwiches, salad and desert. An assortment of non-alcoholic beverages is included. A limited selection of alcoholic beverages will be available for purchase at a cash bar.
Tickets are $30 for adults and $20 for kids ages 4-12. The Hot Stove dinner is limited to the first 150 reservations. Call 440-954-WINS for information.
The Captains also have full-season ticket plans as well as mini-plans for games of seven, 12, 20 and 35 games available. Information can be found at the Captains' website:
The Captains will begin defense of their Midwest League championship with the home opener taking place on Monday, April 11, at 7 p.m. against the Dayton Dragons, an affiliate of the Cincinnati Reds.