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01/12/10 11:30 AM EST

Write an essay, win Tribe tickets

Deserving fan will earn free passes to Progressive Field

CLEVELAND -- If you think you're deserving of free tickets to Indians games, the team is giving you a chance to put it in writing.

The Tribe is expanding the popular Six-Pack ticket plans to include a Pepsi 12-Pack, offering fans the chance to purchase tickets in the lower bowl at Progressive Field for 12 games of the 2010 slate. The club will also reach out to the community with an essay contest through which deserving fans can win those packages.

The 12 games for the ticket package are as follows: May 23 against the Reds, June 8 and 10 against the Red Sox, June 12 against the Nationals, July 4 against the A's, July 16 against the Tigers, July 26 and 28 against the Yankees, Aug. 7 against the Twins, Aug. 13 against the Mariners, Sept. 25 against the Royals and Sept. 29 against the Tigers.

Several sections are available for these plans, including the lower box ($512 per seat, or approximately $43 per game), lower reserved section ($348 per seat, approximately $29 per game) and right-field mezzanine ($256 per seat, approximately $21 per game).

The 12-Pack plan is available through indians.com, at the Cleveland Indians Team Shops and Ticketmaster locations, or by calling 866-48-TRIBE.

But for those feeling a bit strapped on the cash front in these tough economic times, the Indians are offering the opportunity to win free tickets as part of their 12-Pack Essay Contest. Twenty-five applicants will be awarded four Pepsi 12-Pack ticket packages based on their response to the following:

In 500 words or less, please explain your current economic circumstance and what winning an Indians 12-Pack would mean to you during the 2010 season. Please incorporate your passion as a Cleveland Indians fan and love for baseball in your response.

Each fan who applies will automatically receive a voucher for four lower-deck seats to a game in April or May, excluding Opening Day. The entries will be judged on the following criteria: quality of writing (33 percent), demonstration of economic need (33 percent), and knowledge of and passion for the Indians (34 percent).

To sign up, click here. Registration runs through Feb. 12.

Anthony Castrovince is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.