Indians take photo to show support for Aviles and his daughter
The Cleveland Indians players, coaches and front office staff who shaved their heads as a tribute to Mike Aviles and his daughter, Adriana, gathered for a photo before Thursday’s game against the Cubs.
Adriana Aviles, 4, was diagnosed with leukemia last month. Mike Aviles was the first to shave his head and the rest of the players followed during a late May road trip. Owner Paul Dolan shaved his head before the Indians’ June 7 game against Baltimore and general manager Chris Antonetti followed suit shortly thereafter.
Everyone in the photo also 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 best we can to support them through a very difficult time."
Manager Terry Francona said that he wasn’t surprised with the level of support that the organization has shown to the Aviles family over the past month.
"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."