Wed. 7:10 pm: Roosevelt student part of Tribe playoff lore

McDONALD – The Cleveland Indians’ success in the Major League Baseball playoffs  is rubbing off on the student body at Roosevelt Elementary School.

The school is in the national spotlight this week after Tribe shortstop Francisco Lindor told the media that his clutch hitting and spectacular fielding during the first two games of the American League Championship Series can be explained in part by a penny in his pocket.

That penny came courtesy of a Roosevelt second-grade teacher’s class assignment that has put the sports-crazed village on the national map and caused the school to go “Wahoo Wild.”

Teacher Ally Thompson, who was born, raised and still lives in the village, said she has a friend in Cleveland who is close to several of the players, including second baseman Jason Kipnis. Last week as the team was preparing for the series against Toronto, Thompson asked her class to write a letter to each Tribe player on the 25-man roster. Enclosed in each letter was a shiny penny.

Read more in Thursday’s Tribune Chronicle.