Indians’ owner Dolan shows support for Aviles’ daughter by getting head shaved

Indians' infielder Mike Aviles shaves the head of owner Paul Dolan in the dugout at Progressive Field before Sunday's game.

CLEVELAND — One more member of the Indians organization showed his support for Mike Aviles’ daughter by getting his head shaved on Sunday.

Before the Tribe’s game against the Orioles at Progressive Field, owner Paul Dolan had his head shaved by Aviles in the dugout.

"It is sort of my way of joining the team, supporting Mike and really supporting what the guys have done for Mike," Dolan said. "We’ve seen how the team has stepped up for Mike and his family and what they’re going through. We’re really proud of that, as proud as winning games. How they conduct themselves is important.

"The first shower will be interesting. It’s kind of weird running my hands through my hair, or lack of hair. So we’ll see. It was a little shocking when I saw my reflection."

Aviles missed eight games in May when he found out that his 4-year-old daughter Adriana had been diagnosed with leukemia. When Aviles rejoined the team on May 18 in Chicago, players and coaches joined Aviles in shaving their heads as a sign of support.

Since returning to the team, Aviles has preferred that interviews remain focused on baseball. He did talk about how much the team’s support meant to him during a prior homestand.

Said Aviles on May 27: "It (hurts) not to be home the entire time. At the same time, I know my wife is a great mom. I have to get back and do the things that help provide for the family. It’s definitely an interesting time. The way I see it is, she’s going to fight and I’ll be right there with her. It’s good to know that we have a lot of support on her side."

The fact that Dolan was getting his head shaved was not known until 20 minutes before it took place. While the Dolan family rarely gives interviews, manager Terry Francona wasn’t surprised that Dolan wanted to show his support.

"It’s pretty cool actually. He’s probably the least unassuming guy," Francona said. "I think Chris (general manager Chris Antonetti) and his guys should join in too."