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Team Adriana

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Cleveland Indians shortstop Mike Aviles had to deal with some heartbreaking news. His 4 year old daughter Adriana was diagnosed with leukemia in May. The organization isn’t letting him go through this alone. Aviles was the first to shave his head and the rest of the players followed during a late May road trip. Indians owner Paul Dolan shaved his head before the game on June 7th against Baltimore and general manager Chris Antonetti followed CG6v826UkAATovnsuit shortly after. Aviles personally shaved Dolan’s head in the Indian’s dugout. According to Antonetti, the members of the front office took turns shaving each other’s heads. On June 18th, the players, coaches, and front office staff who shaved their head as tribute to Aviles and Adriana posed for a photo before their game against the Cubs. Everyone in the photo wore bright orange “Team Adriana” shirts as a show of support. “It’s really fulfilling to see the support and I think it speaks to how much everyone cares about Mike, his teammates and everyone throughout the organization,” Antonetti said. “We’re trying to be the best we can to support them through a very difficult time.” Indians manager Terry Francona said that he wasn’t surprise with the level of support that the organization has shown to the Aviles family. “I think that’s how things are around here. It didn’t surprise me at all,” Francona said. “In this instance it was a chance to show Mikey that beyond hits and errors and runs, we care about him and his family. It may be a silly way to show it, but I think the feeling is very legitimate and genuine.”

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