Tonight as I was watching the Yankees show power over the Rays, I was enjoying the fact that the Indians were off for the first time in about a month and enjoying the fact that the Indians were coming off a series win vs. the White Sox taking two out of three games due to fast balls thrown right over the heart of the plate leading to back to back homeruns twice in yesterday’s game and 8-4 win. The rookies on the team really shined with home runs from Luis Valbuena and Chris Gimenez followed by homeruns back to back from Victor Martinez and Shin-Soo Choo. What made it extra special was this offensive showcase was against Bartolo Colon, a former Tribe pitcher. These homers along with a defensive gem from Trevor Crowe helped the tribe shine to a series win.
Knowing the Royals are 1-9 in their last 10 games gives me confidence this series will also help our team overcome the odds, and come out on top. If we do then we should be out of the cellar. We shall see as our first adversary will be Brian Bannister. Good luck tomorrow, boys!
Its the first day of Spring! Hooray! What does this mean? It depends on who you ask?
For some, it means Spring Cleaning!
For others, its means continued soul searching
For some its time to think about getting the lawn back in shape
Some desire to get thin after the long Winter slumber!
Whatever the reason or motivation, the change from Winter to Spring is great, yet challenging. For the Indians organization, this was no exception. As was reported from various Indians media sources, quite a lot of things happened in the last few days.
First, Adam Miller, one of the Indians top prospects was reported to have to have career threatening surgery unless he can learn to change the way he throws and gain enough command to maintain the ability to compete as a pitcher.
Next, the great trim happened for 15 players on the Spring Training Roster.
Along with Adam Miller, RHPs John Meloan and Juan Salas, LHP Tony Sipp and 2B Luis Valbuena were optioned to Triple-A Columbus.
RHP Hector Rondon and C Carlos Santana were optioned to Double-A Akron.
RHP Jack Cassel, LHP David Huff, C Armando Camacaro, 1B Jordan Brown, 3B Wes Hodges, INF Jesus Merchan, 1B Beau Mills and OF Stephen Head were reassigned to Minor League camp.
Just when I thought the routine was over, the news broke that Fausto Carmona now was bruised in the forearm in an intrasquad game and is now day to day. Quick, someone get these guys healthy for April 6th. I want to think we have a team left not looking like this before the season starts.
Luckily Aaron Laffey came out healthy again. His stats against the Brewers at Maryvale Stadium were 4 innings pitched, 3 runs all earned, 2 walks, 3 strikeouts and no homeruns. There was nothing that told me the fifth starter wasn’t his to have, still.
Today, Carl Pavano is scheduled to faceoff against the A’s in Goodyear. My goals are to stay in good health and just hang on until April 6th. I just hope all the players and coaches can just hang on, stay healthy out of camp and continue healthy throughout the upcoming 2009 season.
After all, in Ohio, its all about hanging on…
By the way, good luck to Ohio State and Cleveland State today. Hopefully both can hang on today also in the 64 team NCAA Men’s Basketball tournament. We shall see.
As I plan to leave for Spring Training on Wednesday, I came up with a list to inspire me before I go. Drum roll please…
10. Ask Jhonny if he still sees better than 20/20.
9. Find a replacement for Uncle Sal… Maybe “The Godfather Dellucci”???
8. To hear Bruce Drennan echo “I love ya Cleveland” in the Arizona air.
7. To get a picture with Shapiro because I can never find him in Cleveland.
6. Scalp some tickets for $100 like the Dodgers.
5. Start a Grady’s Ladies Sisterhood in Goodyear, even though I’m a guy.
4. To see if Valbuena is as good as his name suggests.
3. Join Kobayashi for a daily Wal-Mart fix.
2. Join Fausto Carmona at the Andy Marte Buffet.
1. To give Castrovince $20 for his Goodyear Complex photo tour.
Thanks to David Letterman for the format and to Anthony Castrovince for most of the content ideas.
Here are some others that didn’t quite meet the list.
- To sneak into the Complex with the mass of Japanese media.
- To actually see a road game on a tank of gas & get home before the sun sets.
- Borrow John Adams’ drum so I can stand out in the crowd.
- Bring Wild Thing’s glasses for Wood to wear.
- Preview this year’s Cy Young winner.
- Snag a foul ball, only to run into a cactus in the process.
- To take a ride on the Choo train.
- To see if Betancourt is in session this year.
- Get rejected for a photo with Casey Blake… Oh wait, he’s on the Dodgers.
- Get the REAL story about Dellucci’s injured finger.
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