Friday, January 12, 2018

Brantley Will Not Be Attending Tribe Fest 2018

hey there, Brantley fans! i hate to be the bearer of bad news, but today i have some unfortunate information to report. a couple days ago, i noticed that Michael's name was no longer on the list of confirmed players for Tribe Fest, presented by KeyBank, on January 20.😕

screenshot cropped from a video on

so i decided to reach out to the Indians on twitter and ask if Michael had to cancel. here's how they responded: unfortunately, Michael
had a family conflict come up.

screenshot cropped from @clevelandgirl23 on twitter

originally, the club announced Michael confirmed to attend the 6th annual event on November 30, 2017. in my blog, i commented how that was an atypically early confirmation date for him. granted, i also noted player appearances are subject to change, but i never thought that would apply to Michael.🙁

this likely would have been his final Tribe Fest, as Michael will become a free agent after the 2018 season and there's no guarantee he will be back in Cleveland in 2019. so this is a particularly sad development for Brantley fans who were hoping to get his autograph and interact with Dr. Smooth in some way.😞

regardless of how disappointed fans are, i think i can speak for everyone when i say you will be missed, Michael, and we wish the Brantley family well!👪💗

hopefully the next blog i post about Michael this year will be more pleasant.😉

for all the details about Tribe Fest, including the current list of players scheduled to attend, where it's located, how to get tickets, and all the planned festivities, check out

keep following me on twitter @clevelandgirl23 for updates on Michael's recovery from right ankle surgery and other offseason news. and if you'd like to join my subscription list to receive notifications every time i post a new blog, just enter your email address in the box underneath the Blog Archive sidebar over on the upper right side of the page.📧

if you missed it, here's my previous blog: Brantley News & Ankle Updates from December 2017.

and don't forget or in case you didn't hear, i'm also going to be #CelebratingMichaelBrantley throughout the 2018 campaign. starting April 2 and continuing each Monday until the end of the year, i will be recalling some of Michael's most amazing moments from his career with the Indians. so be sure to follow my twitter for that, and use the hashtag if you want to get involved and share your favorite Michael memories, too!👌

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