The Cleveland Indians’ quest for the 2016 World Series title has a decided Medina flavor.
Two Medina High School graduates are working part time with the Indians. Lily Peters, 20, is a graphics operator for Progressive Field’s scoreboard. Jake Liebler, 21, is a fan services representative with the Tribe, which has a 3-2 lead in the best-of-seven series with the Chicago Cubs. Game 6 is today (8 p.m., WJW-TV, Fox, Channel 8).
Peters, a junior at Kent State University, joined the Indians this season. In April, she was named the team’s “star employee” and had her picture shown on the scoreboard, the biggest in Major League Baseball. She was honored on the field at a ceremony before a recent game.
Previously, she worked for the Akron RubberDucks, the Indians’ Class AA affiliate.
Peters is a 2014 graduate of Medina High School. She also attended the Medina County Career Center. She is majoring in digital media production at Kent State.
“I work on the production crew for the scoreboard (with the Indians),” she said. “I’m responsible for one of three graphics positions.”
When the giant scoreboard prompts the crowd to “Make Some Noise” and “Get Loud,” it could be Peters working her magic. She also shows headshots of the players, adorned with their statistics.
She will arrive at Progressive Field about 3:30 p.m. for Game 6 against the Cubs. There are three graphics operators working the scoreboard, each one with a different role.
When she graduates, she said she’d love to work full time for the Tribe.
“I’m taking things as they come,” she said. “When I graduate, I’ll cross that bridge when I get there. I like working in in-game entertainment.”
Peters thoroughly enjoyed her time with the RubberDucks.
“I worked with the scoreboard crew,” she said. “Part of my responsibility was being the director there. It was a lot of fun.”
When she tunes into games on television, she watches more carefully than most viewers.
“With any broadcast, I see what kind of things the people who direct will do,” Peters said. “I want to see what creative and innovative things they put in. It’s cool to see.”
She said the Indians’ scoreboard was installed in the offseason before games began this year.
Peters loves being part of the team playing in the World Series.
“I’m huge Indians fan,” she said. “I have been my whole life.”
Liebler, 21, said he graduated from Baldwin Wallace University in May and he’s working on his master’s of business administration, with a focus on management.
“I graduated in May, took a week off and started summer classes,” he said. “I graduated a year early (in business).”
He graduated from Medina High in 2013.
Liebler has helped BW to a 59-13 record in three seasons on the men’s tennis team. He was 24-5 last season with the Yellow Jackets.
He said he was hired by the Indians in March 2015. He’s a fan services representative.
“It’s more on a fan-relations side,” Liebler said. “All fans’ questions, concerns and issues come down to our office. We do our best to make them happy and fix their problems. I also work in the call center, have access in tickets and go through emails.”
As an added responsibility, he works with the Indians’ mobile app for electronic devices — MLB Ballpark.
All 30 teams offer the MLB app. The At Bat app functions when fans aren’t at the stadium. They can check out scores and standings.
The Ballpark app works when fans are at Progressive Field.
“They can use the app for all ticketing needs,” Liebler said. “They can just scan in at games. We are trying to make that push to be mobile, rather than using paper tickets. We can skip the step of printing.”
There’s a link off the Ballpark app that allows fans to live chat with the Indians’ fan services. They can direct fans to the closest ice cream stand or take care of security issues.
Liebler said he usually works about 25 hours a week with the Tribe.
“Right now, it’s a little more because the playoffs is a different animal,” he said.
He said it’s always been his goal to work for a professional sports team in some capacity.
“At 10, I wanted to be the GM,” he said.
He said the Indians’ trek through the playoffs has been “absolutely amazing.”
“Life will be better for me if things go well (tonight),” he said.
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