Tagged: Russell Branyan

Random views about Cleveland sports has me wanting the Tribe to be smart about how they do things!

My life has been in a whirlwind for the better lately. I recently was able to land a better position for myself. My focus has been trying to make this opportunity work for me. This has had me reading Anthony Castrovince everyday and glad that baseball is on the horizon for 2010 no matter what the record for the Tribe.

Yesterday I went to my first Cavaliers’ game since Shaq was a Laker. I kept looking at the uniforms and thinking I was seeing the team with Mark Price and Craig Ehlo and thinking I was on the road when the Cavaliers were playing last night while they wore the old school jerseys from the late 1980’s.

The crowd was amazing. Still i just cannot get into basketball as much as baseball. I’d much rather like to see the Indians with a losing record at Progressive Field than the Cavaliers. I guess the sport of baseball just inspires me so much. However, it was great to see my son getting so excited about LeBron, Antuan, Shaq and the rest of the team. He went home and wanted to simulate the game he just saw at Quicken Loans Arena.

I felt this way when I saw Len Barker, Joe Charboneau, Rick Manning, Duane Kuiper, Toby Harrah and the rest of the 1980, 1981 teams when I first saw and fell in love with Cleveland Indians baseball. I remember going out in my yard and simulating the players that I observed down at old Cleveland Municipal Stadium.

I heard that we officially signed Russ Branyan and I sighed and thought “Oh well…(no comment)..prove me wrong Russ!”


I was very glad to see that Jake Westbrook pitched in his first workout pain free. I just hope he lasts this entire year even if rumors come true that he gets traded. I wish I had some players to hang my hat on.

I just hope the Indians with their recent promotions of Mark Shapiro to President and Chris Antonetti for GM for 2011. has me thinking for the Indians to be smart about what they do to make this organization a winner again.

After all, the worst thing for the Indians to do when the Cavs are tops and the Browns are fast approaching potentially returning to glory with Mik Holmgren as their President and their late season winning streak, the Indians can ill-afford to bury themselves in the fans’ minds as an afterthought and last in the city’s major team list, especially since dollars are hard to come by for most in this town.

Hoping for better times, hanging on to the dream of winning Cleveland baseball!



Do you remember? I do!

Well, for 2010 when the money belts are tight and the offers have been very light, the Indians have tried to fool us into believing a trip by Russell “Marty McFly” Branyan as a possibility end up benefitting the Tribe for 2010. I beg to differ.


back_to_the_future.jpgIn each of the years that Branyan played for the Tribe, he had more strikeouts than hits while playing for the Tribe. Now, he had his best year in the majors last year. Still, I can’t help but think about Rob Deer when I think about Russ Branyan.


Who is Rob Deer? Well he played for the Milwaukee Brewers and seemed to hold a memory of hitting a homerun or striking out. Sometimes he led the AL in strikeouts. Oh what a mess. Well, when I see Russ, I think of the same type of player.


Now think of this scenario. Runners in scoring position and Acta has the team fighting for a win and Russ steps up as the winning run. What will he most likely do? Well if history repeats itself, lots of K’s and lots of L’s will make 2010 a big M-E-S-S with a coach that never showed a great performance while in Washington. What a potentially bad opening act!

Russ will make our team worse, not better!


Indians preview vs. Mariners-Things that make me go hmmm!/Postgame reaction: Thank you God for Chris Gimenez!

Cleveland Ohio: I’m feeling great today, enough to give you this preview and postgame of today’s game between the Cleveland Indians and the Seattle Mariners.

The Cleveland Indians are 6-10 and the Seattle Mariners are 7-8 respectively this Spring.

Thoughts that came to my mind concerning this game and the Mariners two games were: 

1. I noticed that Russell Branyan was not headed to Goodyear Field and it got me to thinking what are they so afraid of. Do they think we know too much about him being a former Indian and his weaknesses? 

2. I also was reading about the Seattle Mariners and realized that Erik Bedard was pitching one inning against the Dodgers today and not against us, the Tribe. I was wondering why this is the case. I thought perhaps, it was because they don’t want us to get a good read on him for the regular season when we might face him again. 

3. I also saw Ken Griffey was not here for us to scout today. Yes it has been several years but do the Mariners think we may rescout his weaknesses and discover something more to exploit during the regular season, perhaps. Also, Franklin Gutierrez will not be here. Hmmm…

4. I also noticed Grady Sizemore, a native from Washington was also not in today’s lineup. I wonder if Seattle has an excellent read on Sizemore and we want to leave him out to keep the Mariners from getting even a better read on Sizemore for 2009.

Remember, these are just things that make me go hmmm. The press will say one thing but just what are the reason for what is going on between these two teams as they strategize for later when the games really count in 2009. Nevertheless, enjoy the game today and the best of luck to Jeremy Sowers. Talk to all of you after the game, hopefully! Until then, let’s get ready to play ball!

*Please also note and be patient for I am going to be doing some Spring cleaning of my blog tonight. It will be put back up. I am just rearranging some items on the blog page. Thanks!*

Postgame-I read the box score courtesy of www.mlb.com and was overjoyed like I haven’t been in a long time. So many times I put so much focus into the pressure of the “now” and take it personally. I think I was like that with football years ago. Win-its a great week, lose its a bad week, then I learned to let go and just have fun. Tonight I did this. I did not hang on to every pitch, I just let go and was so excited to see that Chris Gimenez came through with a game-winning homerun. What a moment! It seems a lesson is here! I let go of the “now”, relaxed and let the players just play without worrying about them for a change, took time for myself and a movie that really was great. Lo, and behold, the Indians now are 7-10, thanks to God and Chris Gimenez! What a day into night that it has been for me! Hopefully the Tribe can do this again. Final score Cleveland 4 Seattle 1