Tagged: Gary Sheffield

Game 12: New or old Yankee Stadium has 22 as a familiar number for the Tribe!

Before I begin, MLBlogs.com has been in existence for 4 years. I wish Mark and MLBlogs a very happy birthday! I have been very grateful for this blog to talk baseball.

What is it about the number 22 and the Tribe in Yankee Stadium, new or old?

There is a saying: Those who do not remember the past are condemned to repeat it! I am happy to share with all readers the following TRIBE flashback.

westbrook-jake-getty-070407.jpgph_425386.jpg It was August 31, 2004. Jake Westbrook shutout the Yankees that day with some help from Jeremy Guthrie.

  16eb304vizquel130p.jpg Omar Vizquel went 6-7 that day.
  990_ft_coco_crisp.jpg Coco Crisp had a 2 run homerun. 
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  11373a4martinez130p.jpg So did Victor Martinez..
  237142_hafnerhomer.JPG Travis Hafner had a triple in that game scoring the first three runs. 

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Jeter was there. So was A-Rod. Bernie Williams was also there. Hideki Matsui was there.
Sheffield was also there. Even a former favorite Indian from their glory years Kenny Lofton. Final score 22-0

Flash forward to yesterday, April 18th, 2009
With this score a part of their memory, I was shocked to see it happen today. YET IT DID!
(Please don’t wake me if I am dreaming this.)

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Jeter was there. A-Rod was not as he is recovering from injury. Bernie played a great guitar the other day. No confirmation if he was there. Hideki Matsui was there. Sheffield was over at Citi Field on the Mets, one day after hitting his 500th HR. He promised revenge against Carmona for this so he was somewhere in the city. A former favorite Indian was also there to experience the number 22, CC Sabathia.medium_2cc-sabathia301.jpg

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For the Indians, Fausto with the help of Kobayashi and Chulk actually were trailing 2-0 early, yet held the Yanks to 4 and won again 22 to 4.

Victor and Travis had solo shots. Mark DeRosa had another homer for the second day in a row. Grady matched Friday with another homerun. Asdrubal hit his own version of the Grand Slam. Shin Soo Choo hit a three run shot of his own, also

Mark DeRosa had another homer for the second day in a row. Grady matched Friday with another homerun. Asdrubal hit his own version of the Grand Slam. Shin Soo Choo hit a three run shot of his own, also

To preview tomorrow, the Cleveland Plain Dealer gave an interview of Pavano. It will the icing on the cake to see him do very well against his former club. He takes credit for helping AJ come to New York and must duel him tomorrow. http://tribeca.vidavee.com/advance/vidavee/playerv3/vFlasher_debug.swf?p19=movie1240113710520&p2=off&p3=off&p4=50&p5=off&p7=on&p8=off&p31=on&p22=http%3A%2F%2Fanalytics.tribeca.vidavee.com%2Fvanalytics%2Fgateway%2F&p13=no&p16=v3AdvInt_cleveland.swf&p17=http%3A%2F%2Ftribeca.vidavee.com%2Fadvance%2Fvidavee%2Fplayerv3%2Fskins%2F&p11=0&p15=http%3A%2F%2Ftribeca.vidavee.com%2Fadvance%2FvClientXML.view%3FAF_renderParam_contentType%3Dtext%2Fxml%26showEndCard%3Doff%26link%3Dhttp%3A%2F%2Fvideos.cleveland.com%2Fplain-dealer%2F2009%2F04%2Findians_pitcher_carl_pavano_on.html%26vtagView%3Don%26skin%3Dv3AdvInt_cleveland.swf%26autoplay%3Doff%26loadStream%3Doff%26width%3D290%26height%3D164%26vtag%3Dyes%26startVolume%3D50%26hidecontrolbar%3Dno%26textureStrip%3Dyes%26displayTime%3Dyes%26volumeLock%3Doff%26watermark%3Dyes%26dockey%3D45CEF51E56072AF7CC97D06785498DDC&p21=http%3A%2F%2Ftribeca.vidavee.com%2Fadvance%2Fvidavee%2Fplayerv3%2Fjs%2FFlashProxyLoader.js&p18=timeDisplay%3Dyes%3Bwatermark%3Dyes%3BshareWidgets%3Don%3BtextureStripe%3Dyes%3BvtagDisplay%3Dyes%3BshowEndCard%3Doff%3Blink%3Dhttp%3A%2F%2Fvideos.cleveland.com%2Fplain-dealer%2F2009%2F04%2Findians_pitcher_carl_pavano_on.html

Hit this thought with your best shot!

So, hitting a batter is part of baseball. Garko and Shoppach were hit by Beckett last night, yet never charged the mound.I never saw Beckett get warned.

In the incident with the Tigers, who charged the mound first? Sheffield. Who received more games suspension? Carmona? Tell me does this make sense? Remember self defense. If one comes at another, the one being attacked has a right to defend one’s self.(Carmona) and if family or team is involved, expect them also to get involved to defend their friends (Martinez and Asdrubal Cabrera) Yet, we get a total of 12 games altogether and Sheffield gets 4. What is wrong with this equation?

After the game, Sheff says that he saw the tape and will make sure retribution will be done to those who hit him in the head. Okay, I see this as a verbal threat. Threats in a school or workplace receive a high alert. This is no exception. C’mon MLB, where is the justice? Hey Tribe, call local attorney, Tom Misny, he’ll make Gary Sheffield “pay”, unlike MLB!

Thoughts from the final home series of 2008

I was fortunate to attend all three games for the final weekend series with the Tigers. Talk about saving the best for last. One could argue this homestand did just that for the team.

On Friday night, I attended the game with my wife, sister-in-law and two children. The weather was beautiful. We just sat down right after Choo hit his first homer of the night. We went walking around and then heard the score was 2-1. Grady then hit homerun #32 into the cool night in right centerfield. I remember asking my sister-in-law, “Wouldn’t it be something to see Grady become a 40-40 man?” She thought I was crazy to think this. However, with a great historic, last week, I thought that he could do it. We left again to do something. When we returned to pay attention to the score, it was now 4-2 Detroit.

Then everything changed!

With the score 4-2 Detroit, Sheff spoiled my appetite and enraged my passions. Now it was more personal and beyond just the score. I was so pleased to see how Fausto defended himself and our turf. After all, getting hit with baseballs are just part of the game. Now I wanted to win in a major way, just to stick it to Gary and the rest of the Tiger fans.However, when observing the fight from up above, thoughts of OSU-Michigan, and Cavs-Pistons, came into play also for me.

I went down to stand near the first base line and wanted to find a way to get these fans from Michigan to be quiet. Instead, they became louder as the Tigers scored another run and made it 5-2.

What should we do? My family and I decided to go to the seats near KidsLand near the right field line. With two runners on, Choo came back up to the plate. Just like it was imagined, Choo launched one into the night and tied the game back up, 5-5. It was like we were being stabbed all night long and finally got revenge that took the life right out of Detroit. I was thinking, “Take that, Gary!”

The final inning, “Mighty Mouse” Jamey Carroll really did save the day and launched one down the line to help the Indians win. Do we really understand that the team really has nothing to play for? Hogwash! Throw out the records! This is like Ohio State-Michigan!

Everyone now, O–H–I–O!

We returned without the kids as they were being babysat by my parents Saturday. We were then able to go to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame to see this exhibit describing how music has affected baseball. It was interesting to see this video that had the players describing what groups help them relax and play better as a result.

Saturday night had a different attitude! The boo was louder than the Choo initially unlike the night before. I thought they would want Sheff to sit down. Instead, he played and faced the music. On one of Sheff’s at bats, I remember saying out loud, “Let’s turn two, now boys!” The next pitch had Sheff do just that in a 4-6-3 fashion. I knew that this was our game, our night, our series when I saw things like this that just didn’t happen consistently.

The next thing I really noticed was the pitches that Verlander was throwing. He was playing the game to lose, not win. Ball 4, wild pitch, Ball 4, FC, score a run. Is it really this easy? When we needed a strikeout, we got one, when we needed a hit, we got one, early! It just seemed the Tigers were all talk and little action, like Gary Sheffield!

The conversation I remember having about this game was thinking of sayings like The Tigers Season has been ruined, compliments of the Sheff or This Sheff’s menu has been contaminated by his excessive spice and little substance, our sincere regrets.

Also, I kept thinking about how the Tigers spent all this money and find themselves going all the way, all the way to the cellar. This remains true, even tonight after Monday’s loss to the Royals 6-2. Their effort found them playing pathetically! I think major league baseball owners should learn not to spend money friviously. Remember, money can’t buy you love. as the Beatles would say.

Sunday should have been sign day! I even got into the act trying to emphasize STO in the sign seeing that the Indians play most of their games on their STO network. I saw signs like Sheff and Tigers KO’d by Tribe. Another one I thought of was Sheff, Team first, nOt self. Thus in each, the STO was emphasized.

The Indians had Ohio State pitcher Scott Lewis pitching for them against a Michigan team! Coincedence? Perhaps?
Call it luck, if you are a Tiger fan, yet every time Scott would get in a jam, even to give up a run here or there, he never totally caved in.

Yet, the Indians were just really knocking the Tigers out. “Maggie Pie” Ordonez as my wife likes to call him because he won’t cut his hair is really showing that he will not play right field well lately.

It was great to see the Indians finish the Tigers off. It was win 6 iin a row, 78 wins and the first time above .500 in four months. It wa wonderful to know that the Tigers were now where we were earlier.

The intensity I saw these last three days will stew over the offseason. Hopefully, the Indians will continue to do well for the rest of the season and look to build upon this rivalry and make it back to the playoffs for 2009. Time will tell! See you on the road!