Saturday, July 18, 2009

Into the second half...

The Indians began their second half on Thursday night with a well deserved victory over the Seattle Mariners. Cliff Lee picked up only his fifth win on the season, but the offense has been giving him no run support this season. The Tribe won 4 to 1 and Lee pitched the complete game. However, the Indians could not win two in a row and got beat last night by a score of 6 to 2 as King Felix Hernadez stiffled the Indians lineup all night. Hernandez is finally coming into his own as a pitcher, and we could possibly be looking at a future ace. As for Thursday's win, the questions are going to start coming about is if Lee will be traded before the July 31st deadline. I do hope that the Tribe will keep him because they don't have any other pitcher who could be their "ace" right now. My wife's uncle Jerry insists that the Indians will trade Lee, but I sure hope they don't unless they can get somebody that can step into the rotation right now. And what team is going to have the salary room to fit a Cliff Lee on their roster? And another question is who would you rather, if you are able to trade for either, Cliff Lee or Roy Halladay? It would be a toss up for me, but most teams would want Doc Halladay if they can swing a deal to get hime. We will have to just wait and see what July brings us.

With the Mariners in town, it also brings Ichiro Suzuki into town. Do you remember the craze he brought to the Emerald City in 2001? He was the rookie of the year and MVP in that season, and has not stopped since then. Suzuki has over 200 hits in each of his season in an M's uniform, and is well on his way to that plateau this year. At the All Star game earlier this week, Suzuki said he thought it would be easier to hit .400 for a season than to hit in 56 games in a row. I think if anyone is going to be close to either of those magical numbers, it will be Suzuki. He is an amazing baseball player to say the least, and I have yet to mention that he has a cannon for an arm in right field. I was at a game in Cleveland one time that he threw out a runner at third on the fly. It was amazing! Continued success to the great Suzuki!

I know I promised a post about my second half predictions, but I have yet to find my notebook with first half predictions. Once I find that, I will make that posting. Until the next time...

Monday, July 13, 2009

At the break...

Yesterday ended the mythical first half of the 2009 baseball season, and it could not have come at a better time for the Cleveland Indians. The Tribe finished the first half winning two of six on a road trip to Chicago and Detroit. The Indians are really starting to sputter and it doesn't appear that they have any gumption to be playing right now. I am sure hoping that the break will give the guys some time to rest and relax but really think about how the season is going so far. In my book, the Indians are the most underachieving team in baseball so far this season. They were expected to contend for the American League Central division title and the break finds them in last place with a record of 35 and 54. I hope they can find a way to ignite themselves when they come back on Thursday night. I am not giving up on them because I never do with any of my favorite teams, but I just want to see them finish the season with some respect for themselves and the city they play for.

I do have to give a give a shout out to my friend Norm. He and I attend church together, he sang at my wedding, and we play dart ball together for our church in the winter. On Saturday, June 27, Norm, his wife Debbie and their daughter and son in law went to the Indians vs Reds game. They were sitting in right field and Norm was able to snag his first ever home run ball. It was hit off the bat of Jay Bruce, the Reds young outfielder. Norm came out of it with a pretty nasty bruise, but now he has a memory that will last him the rest of his life. Way to go Norm!

Back to the All Star break for a minute. I thought I would give my predictions for tonight's Home Run Derby and tomorrow's game. And many will think I am playing home town favorite but I think Albert Pujols will shine the brightest tonight and then will pick up the MVP award tomorrow night in his home park. Pujols is having another superb season and is going to continue his hot hitting in the second half. Speaking of the second half, I will have to revisit my 2009 predictions and post my new ones later this week. Until the next time...

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

It has been a while...

It has been awhile since I last made a post, but a lot has happened over the last week or so in my life. I won't bore all of you with the details, but I would ask that you say some prayers for my wife and I. No it is not personal with her and I. Okay, enough with the life of me. Now onto the world of Cleveland Indians. Over the holiday weekend, the Tribe looked great on Friday and Saturday nights against the A's. They routed the Bay Boys on Friday by a score of 15 to 3 with Shin Soo-Choo (my wife's favorite player) leading the way with 4 hits, 7 RBI and 4 runs scored. He became the first Indian since Al Rosen in 1952 to put up a box score like that. Then on Saturday, the Indians won again by a score of 5 to 3 with my highlight being the 10th save of the season for Kerry Wood. All looked good going into Sunday's finale because the Indians had Cliff Lee taking the mound, but once again, they could not give Lee any run support and lost. Before the game, Victor Martinez was named to the All Star team as the lone representative from the Tribe. Way to go Victor!

As all of you may or not may know, I collect Indians baseball cards. On Saturday the 4th, my inaws invited us to go with them to the Tiffin Flea Market. I have been to flea markets before but nothing compared to this one, and I will defintely be going back. For most of the morning, I did not see too many vendors selling anything of sports cards, but at last, I came across one with dime cards in the last building I went in that day. I picked up a few of his dime cards, but will defintely seek him out again when I go. He had the best selection of cards at the market that day. Hopefully there will be others set up when I go in the future. I also came across a vendor selling old beer cans for fifty cents, and he had some Iron City Beer ones that featured the Steelers so I picked up two of them. One has Art Rooney and Chuck Noll on it while the other celebrates their 50th season! What a great find! I do recommend the Tiffin Flea Market to other collectors even if there were not many sports cards vendors there. It is the best flea market I have ever been to! Until the next time...

Tuesday, June 30, 2009

How far?

Just far down can the Indians fall before drastic changes will be made to the team and the management? After last night's loss to the White Sox, the Indians fall a season 16 (!) games under .500. That comes two days after trading Mark DeRosa to the Cardinals. I know there is only way to go, but that seems like a far fetched idea right now. They keep falling apart with what appears to be no hope in sight. I think you are going to see more trades made before the July deadline, but I think the one thing the front office really needs to address is Eric Wedge's job as manager. How much longer are they going to keep him in that job? It is starting to appear like it is his fault for the losing. We cannot seem to win any of the games we should be winning. I am not going to give up on the Indians just because they have lost several games lately that they should have won, but there should be some reevaluation of the job being done by Eric Wedge.

On a good note, my godson Garrett loved his experience in the kid's starting lineup this past Sunday afternoon. He was introduced as a shortstop (which is my favorite position on the ball field) and Asdrubal Cabrera was the one that presented him with an autographed ball. It was the first game back for Cabrera after being on the DL. Garrett cannot wait to show his Uncle Tim his ball the next time he gets to visit. Way to go Buddy! Until the next time...

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

End of streak?

Before the Indians take on the Pirates in Pittsburgh tonight and hopefully end their six game losing streak, I thought I would post a positive post about the Indians and their past and present. First of all, I just read a wonderful book written by Jonathan Knight entitled "Classic Tribe: The 50 Greatest Games in Cleveland Indians History. Knight gives the story behind what he feels are the greatest games in franchise history from 50 to 1, and many of the key games in history are there such as the game to clinch the American League in 1995 and the seventh game of the 1997 World Series, which is one of only two losses that are profiled in the book. I would highly recommend this book to any Tribe fan. By reading this book, it gave me an idea to document a few positives in Cleveland Indians history in hopes that it will help them end the losing streak tonight. Here is what I have come up:

*The Indians have had two perfect games pitched in their history. Len Barker vs Toronto on May 15, 1981 and Addie Joss as a Nap on October 2, 1908 vs Chicago.

*Only opening day no hitter in history. Bob Fellere on April 16, 1940 in Chicago.

*Only unassisted triple play in World Series history. Second baseman Bill Wambeganas on October 10, 1920 vs Brooklyn.

*First grand slam in World Series history. Elmer Smith on October 10, 1920 vs Brooklyn.

*3 Cy Young award winners. Cliff Lee in 2008, CC Sabathia in 2007 and Gaylord Perry in 1974.

*2 games over 22 runs scored against the New York Yankees. April 18, 2009 and August 31, 2004.

*Largest deficit to overcome in the last two innings of a game (12 runs). August 15, 2001 vs Seattle.

*2 World Championships. 1920 and 1948.

On Father's Day, I called my dad and my best friend to wish them a happy dad's day, and when I talked to my best friend told me that my godson (his little boy) wanted to tell me something exciting. This coming Sunday, Garrett gets to partake in the Indians kids starting lineup before their game against the Reds. He gets to run out to a position, stand there and have the Indians position player come out and present him with an autographed ball. Garrett is so excited! I am excited for him, and wish I could be there to see him, but my best friend promised to have his mom take plenty of pictures. Good luck Garrett! Until the next time....

Thursday, June 18, 2009

What now?

The Indians were starting to piece things together after their two out of three series against the Cardinals over this past weekend. Cliff Lee looked great on Sunday night in front of a national television audience, and the bats looked like they were coming around, but then everything started to go wrong on Monday night against Milwaukee. The Tribe got swept out of their own ballpark after last night's loss, 9-8 in 11 innings. This is the second close in the series, and I am so glad that the series is over. Not one starting pitcher went beyond the fifth inning, and the bullpen cannot hold leads. Sure the Indians are only a handful and a half games out of first, but without any starting pitching beyond Cliff Lee, they will not go very far this year. Sure the Brewers have an explosive offense, but their pitching is the greatest in the world, and the Indians should have been able to take at least one of the games. Now it is on to Chicago to play the Cubs at Wrigley this weekend. Some relief is in sight with the Indians traveling to Pittsburgh next week, but they have to start playing consistently game in and game out before they plan to contend for a divisional title this year. Until next time...

Friday, June 12, 2009

A weekend to look forward to

All morning I kept hoping that I would be able to leave work a little on the early side because it has been a draining week getting up early to be in early to work. And wouldn't you believe it, I came back from lunch and there was an email sending us home early. Thank you oh great Genie! Anyway, it is a weekend that I have been looking forward to since the Indians announced their 2009 schedule. This weekend the Indians host the St. Louis Cardinals in an interleague matchup. Unfortunately I won't be able to get up to Cleveland for any of the games as I had hoped that I could, but I will have my trusty radio near by listening to Tom Hamilton and Mike Hegan. I am a die hard baseball fan, but my two favorite teams are the Indians and Cardinals with Albert Pujols being my favorite player in baseball today. The man is a beast, and if I don't get lucky enough to be able to see him in a NL park sometime soon, I hope that I can get to see him in Cleveland the next time the Cards come to town. Plus this weekend, Pujols will be seeking to knockout his 20th home run on the season. I just hope the other fans of the Indians will realize how special of a player they will get to see in Pujols this weekend. Go Tribe but go Pujols as well!

The Indians are coming off a series with the Kansas City Royals, and they were able to take 2 of 3 from KC. Last night, Shin Soo-Choo knocked in the winning run in the 10th amongst a huge a gathering of gulls in centerfield. With this win, the Indinas move out of the cellar in the American League Central by a 1/2 game. Slowly but surely the Indians are making their move towards the top, and with no one in the division playing all that great, anything can happen. We are still in the marathon part of the season, and it is not quite time to panic yet. Until the next time...

Saturday, June 6, 2009

Can't believe it has been this long?

I cannot believe it has been almost two weeks since I last posted a blog entry, and there has been so much go on with the Indians in that time. Memorial Day week was wonderful as the Indians swept a four game series from the Rays in Cleveland, but then that weekend the Yankees came to town, and the Indians only one game of four against them. Then it was back to the road, and the Indians lost two of three to the hands of the Twins. Now they are in Chicago, and last night they beat the White Sox with today and tomorrow still to go before they head for a nine game homestand. Injuries keep attacking the Indians. Rafael Betancourt went on the DL last weekend as did Grady Sizemore. But thankfully there are a few signs of life for the players who have been on the DL. Travis Hafner came off yesterday and contributed with a solo home run last night. Jake Westbrook is still rehabing from Tommy John surgery from last summer, and is expected back hopefully by the end of June. Another key player who is the DL is Asdrubal Cabrera, who separated his shoulder trying to break up a double play the other night in Minnesota. Victor Martinez is starting to come out of a dry spell, but is still batting near .345, and having an All Star season. Ryan Garko is hitting the long ball when he gets to play. And the one player that is having an awesome season is Mark DeRosa. He is playing anywhere and everywhere on the field, and is going about it with a calm demeanor. One other note, the Indians have shipped Fausto Carmona off to extended spring in Arizona to work on his mechanics, and hope to have him back this year again. If the Indians can start to climb out of the hole of injuries, they may contend this year. They are only nine under .500 heading into today's tilt.

Off the field, the Indians have lost two members of their extended family in the last two days. On Thursday, broadcaster Matt Underwood lost his mother to cancer. Then on Friday, former owner Dick Jacobs passed at the age of 84. Mr. Jacobs bought the team in 1986 and was instrumental in the development of the Gateway project that led to the new field in Cleveland and also the drafting and trading of players on the great teams in the 1990's. My heartfelt sympathies go out to both the Underwood and Jacobs families at this time of loss. May God be a comfort to you and your loved ones during this sad time.

Hopefully it won't be another two weeks before I can post again. I start new hours at work this next week, so that will give me a little bit more time to write (hopefully!). Til the next time...

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Is it working?

On Saturday, I wrote about Memorial Day being the one third pole for Major League Baseball, and so far, the Indians have responded. They have won 3 of 4 games since that day. Unfortunately, they only took the middle game of three in Cincinnati, but the Reds come to Cleveland in June, so maybe we can pay them back during that series. However, the Indians have taken the first two games of the four games series against the Rays. Monday night, I have to admit that I did not hear the final innings of the game on the account that I had to be up early on Tuesday for work, but the Indians came back in the ninth inning to score seven runs to win in dramatic fashion, 11 to 10. Ryan Garko hit two home runs and had five RBI, and Victor Martinez had the game winning two run single. Wow! Then last night, Carl Pavano pitched, what could possibly be his best game yet, and won his fifth game as the Tribe won 5 to 1. The Indians hit four home runs in the game, and showed signs of life all over the field. Tonight, the Indians go for their third win in a row as Zach Jackson is called up from AAA Columbus to go against the Rays at 7:05. Hopefully the Indians continue their hot streak!

I just visited one of my favorite stores, Barnes and Noble in Mansfield, and they had three football previews on their shelves, two professional and one collegiate. In the pro football issues, the writers have the Steelers as the second best team in the AFC behind the Patriots. What? Tom Brady is coming off injury, and sure they are stacked, as usual at all positions, but the Steelers are the defending champions. Right now, I am not very happy about those predictions, but last year, many magazines did not even the Steelers going to the playoffs let alone the Super Bowl. In the college football preview, the writers have Ohio State fifth in the preseason. The Buckeyes open on September 5th against the Naval Academy and the next week, the USC Trojans visit Columbus for a rematch. Hopefully this year, the Buckeyes give them more of a game than they did last year. One awesome stat that I read in the magazine...7 and 1...what is Jim Tressel's record against the Team from up North in his career at OSU! Read it and weap Michigan fans, and this year will be no different. Until next time...

Saturday, May 23, 2009

Here we are at the one third pole

On Monday, while our country celebrates Memorial Day with parades, picnics, and other fun activities, the Major League Baseball unofficially hits the one third pole of the season. On Thursday, I was riding on an emotional high because the Indians had just beaten the Royals for the second straight game, and that was crucial because of the Royals being ahead of us in the standings, but then last night in Cincinnati, they found a new way to lose. First of all, Anthony Reyes gave up six walks, but the Reds were only able to get one run, but then Reyes left the game with an injury. However, the Indians could not muster much of an offense against Bronson Arroyo, and he only gave up a solo shot by Grady in the first. Then in the eighth, the Indians lost Aaron Laffey to an injury. Two pitchers hurt in the same game! And before getting hurt, Laffey lost the game on a double by the Reds Adam Rosales, who come into the at bat on a 0 for 14 slump. I am not giving up on the Indians, but if they hope to contend this year, they have to find a way to start winning some of these close games. The weekend series with the Reds continues tonight and tomorrow, and then Monday the Rays visit Cleveland and then next weekend, the Yankees come to town. Go Tribe!

One reason I had started this blog was because I had been reading many a blog by others who write about the hobby of collecting baseball cards. I have met many new friends in the virtual world who collect cards, and I have completed a couple of really awesome trades with two of them already. Plus one really cool guy, who is an Indians fan in Arkansas, sit about 1200 cards of the Indians my way plus about another 400 of the Expos as I am starting to collect cards of that team too. I have many other trades in line to make once my budget allows for it, but if you are interested in collecting cards, let me know, and maybe we can make some trades. Until the next time, have a safe and happy holiday weekend! And don't forget the real reason why we celebrate the Memorial Day holiday! My prayers are with all the soldiers, whether you are overseas or stateside, you are thanked by this true American!

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Now this....

Last night, the Indians gave us a new reason to be disappointed in the 2009 season so far. Cliff Lee pitched a magical eight innings, and the Tribe led going to the bottom of the ninth, only to have Kerry Wood give up the winning runs. Yes I know just a few entries ago, I was singing the praises of Kerry Wood, but I want to know why didn't Eric Wedge keep Cliff Lee in the game? We are fast approaching Memorial Day, and the Indians are no where near cracking 20 wins. Are we in for a long season with our beloved Indians? The more the season wears on, I would say so. I am not down on the entire team though. Some players, namely Victor Martinez and Grady Sizemore, have showed up to play every game this year. I know I am constantly singing their praises, but look at the seasons they are having. All Star caliber in my opinion. And besides Victor is hitting right around .400, and he is a part time catcher who plays first base and will DH for you. I am not giving up on the Indians, but I would love to see them hold some leads late in games and win these close ones especially when they are playing in the division.

Til the next time....

Saturday, May 16, 2009

Is this the week of hope?

Is this the week the Indians finally turn around the season and get back to their winning ways? So far, it appears to be a promising week with only a few letdowns. Even though the Tribe lost to Tampa Bay 8 to 7 on a walk off home run by B. J. Upton last night, they are still 3 and 2 for the week. That may not be much, but I am happy to see some improvements out of the guys. The starting pitching got a couple of good games this week when Cliff Lee shut down the White Sox on Wednesday and then Fausto held the Rays in check for most of the night on Thursday. The offense is still playing lights out most of the nights. I loved Thursday night's game when Cabrera, Martinez and Choo combined to go 12 for 15 with 9 RBI. Victor hit a little slid last night but should be right around .400 going into today's game. Also last night, Grady and Choo hit home runs. Congrats to Grady on leading off a game for the team record 19th time last night. He broke the record previously held by Kenny Lofton. The one area that needs improvement for the Tribe is the bullpen but even that is showing signs of hope. After this series in Tampa, the Tribe travels to Kansas City and Cincinnati before they head home. A nice little 10 games in 11 days road trip in May for the guys. Don't count us out yet!

I know some out there may not think horse racing is a sport, but I am excited to watch the Preakness Stakes today. For one, the long shot, Mine That Bird, that won the Kentucky Derby is in the field, but also the super filly, Rachel Alexanderia. However, my choice is Pioneerof the Nile with General Quarters in second and the Rachel Alexanderia in third. Let us see how I do!

Can you believe that Memorial Day is just over a week away? The summer is almost here, and I am so excited! But keep that in mind with the sports seasons. Baseball will be at their third of the way pole, and NFL camps will be opening in two months, and the NBA and NHL will be starting their finals in about a week or two. What a great time of the year! Til the next time!

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

One game winning streak!

The Indians are currently riding a one game winning streak! Yeah! I know I should not get too overly excited about this, but it is the Indians of 2009 that we are speaking of right now. Last night, the Tribe beat the White Sox 9 to 4 behind the pitching of Carl Pavano. who picked up his third win on the season. He has been one of the few bright spots in the pitching department this year, and I would gladly to see Pavano win 15 games for the Tribe this year. Shin Soo-Choo and Mark DeRosa had good games for the Tribe too in the win. Tonight the Indians look to continue their recent winning ways as they continue the series with Chicago and Jeremy Sowers takes the hill for Cleveland.

Congrats to the Cleveland Cavs on making it to the Eastern Conference Finals! They just steamrolled Atlanta in the semi finals and now sit back and wait for the winner of the Boston- Orlando series, which is currently tied up at two games a piece. And a late Congratulations to Lebron James for being named the MVP of the NBA last week. Til the next time...

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

What more can I possibly say?

The Indians continue their early season disappointment for me after blowing a 6 to 3 lead yestereday by giving up seven runs in the seventh to the Jays to come out the losing end 10 to 6. What more can I possibly say other than that I am disappointed in the Tribe. For the most part, it is only the relief pitching that is a major disappointment this year. The starting pitching is starting to take shape, and the offense can play with the best of them, but get to the late innings, and watch out! I do have to say that I am glad that we have Kerry Wood, but he cannot get any saves unless the ones that come before him do their job. I am sure hoping that something can get the Indians going again, and just maybe it can start tonight when the road trip continues in Boston. Carl Pavano, please try to get at least eight strong innings, and offense score enough that we won't need our bullpen except possibly maybe Kerry Wood.

I don't have much else to say right now. Since I have some time to kill, I am going to the mall to look for a Mother's Day card for my mom. Hopefully she received the birthday card in the mail today from my wife and I. Her birthday is tomorrow, but I wanted her to get it early. Happy Birthday Mom!!

Saturday, May 2, 2009

Up and down week

I cannot believe it has been a week since I last posted here on my blog, but with work and time at home with my wife, I just didn't get around to blogging this week. I do apologize, but I am sure each of you would say the same thing if it was your life too. Anyway, it has also been an up and down week for the Cleveland Indians. They did not end the much anticipated nine game homestand very well as they lost two of three to the Red Sox. And both of those games, they should have won. I am not going to digress too much on the losses, but in order to be contenders, the Indians must beat the contending teams such as Boston. This weekend, the Tribe is in Detroit, and won by the hair on their chin last night, although it should never have been as close as the final score indicates. Carl Pavano pitched the best game in forever by giving up only three hits in seven innings, but once again, the bullpen gave up five runs. However, Kerry Wood came in the ninth to slam the door on his fourth save of the year. The offense was led by David Delluci, in his first game of the season he had four hits, and Jhonny Peralta, who clubbed his first home run of the season, and the Indians won 6 to 5. The two teams meet again this afternoon and then Sunday.

Two bright signs for the Indians early on this season are the hitting of Grady Sizemore and Victor Martinez. Grady is leading the team with 19 RBI and also does it on defense. I know some of you may be asking why I speak so much of Grady, but if you don't get to see him play on a daily basis, you are missing out. He is all out kind of guy and has all the tools. In my humble opinion, I believe Grady is the best offensive player in the league right now. As for Victor, he is in the top three in many offensive categories early on this season. And last night he extended his hitting streak to ten games, and his average is right around .370. Victor is special in the sense that defensively he can play catcher or first base for the Tribe, and to give him a "day off", Eric Wedge can put him in as the DH. I am saying right now that you will see Grady and Victor in St. Louis for the All Star game this year.

As I stated in when I began this blog, I am avid collector of baseball cards too. The other day I received a nice package of about 300 cards of the Indians from Cliff in Texas. I wish I had use of a scanner to show some of these cards, but I could not get over the awesome collection he sent. I mostly collect cards of the Indians, but I am also a team collector of the Expos, and Rob in Kansas sent me some of them last week after having sent me some of the Indians previously. My collections for both are growing tremendously and my wife cannot believe how many cards I will get in the mail from other collectors. But the way I look at it, at least I have a fun and interesting hobby. By the way, I also collect Albert Pujols and Ryan Feierabend cards.

Well, I am going to sign off for now. I am at the library and hope to find a good book on baseball to read. Til the next time!

Saturday, April 25, 2009

Happy Holiday!

Hi there again sports fans! Hope all of you are doing well and enjoying the world of sports. You are probably wondering why the title of this entry is "Happy Holiday". Duh! It is a holiday to all true NFL fans...today is the first day of the college entry draft. Later this afternoon, the festivities will kick off in New York City and the awful looking Detroit Loins will be on the clock for the first pick. Reports out of Detroit are saying the Lions are going to pick Matthew Stafford, the quarterback out of the University of Georgia. It will be interesting to see who the Steelers select in the first round, but since they have the 32nd pick, they won't pick until later on tonight. I hope they either go with a big target wide receiver or address needs on the offensive line. No matter who they chose, that young man will be stepping into a team steaped with history of great drafts over the years.

In recent years, the Steelers have drafted Ben Roethlisberger, Heath Miller, and Troy Polamalu in the first round, and have been successful in other rounds as well. We are still waiting to see what becomes of the top two picks from a year ago. Rashard Mendenhall was hurt most of the season, but I still believe he will be a decent running back in the future, and Limas Sweed did not impress me much in his rookie season. The luck of the Steelers goes all the way back to the 1970's when they drafted Terry Bradshaw number one in 1970 and then had the Hall of Fame class of 1974 when they picked Lynn Swann, John Stallworth, and Mike Webster in that year's draft. They know how to find players at schools that others may bypass, and those players know how to play the game.

In other sports news, the Indians lost to the Twins last night 5 to 1. It was not a good night for the Tribe. Enough said! But the Cavs moved to within one game of shutting down the Detroit Pistons in their first round playoff matchup. And sadly, the Red Wings took care of the Blue Jackets in four straight games to close out Columbus's first trip to the postseason, but the Jackets will be back. Til the next time!

Thursday, April 23, 2009

So far so good...

Hello again there sports fans! Hope all of you in central Ohio and this general area are enjoying the nice beautiful weather we are having today, and just think, it is supposed to be even nicer by the weekend. Anyway, I am not here to blog about the weather. I am here to blog about the world of sports, and today's entry focuses on the Cleveland Indians.

So far so good on this early season nine game homestand. After today's come from behind victory the Royals, the Indians have won 2 of 3 so far. Today the Tribe came back in the eighth inning to win 5 to 2, and the key hit was the 6th home run on the season by Grady Sizemore. Now the Indians welcome yet another Central division foe, Minnesota Twins, to town for a weekend series starting tomorrow night.

Grady Sizemore is looking like an All Star and MVP early this season. I always send out a list of my predictions to friends each spring, and this spring I chose Grady to be MVP this year. Some laughed, but look at the season he is off to. Hopefully he can continue it as the season moves along. Go Tribe!

Til the next time!

Monday, April 20, 2009

Rainy day...

Today has been quite the rainy and overcast day here in central Ohio, and hopefully the rain will start letting up by tomorrow as the Indians are back in town to start a nine game homestand with the first series being against Kansas City. The Tribe is coming off a successful weekend in the Bronx, where they took two of four against the Yankees. They should have won in Sunday's finale, but the umpires ruled in favor the Yankees on a controversial home run in the seventh. Why does it seem like the Yankees get all the calls on home runs? Don't let us forget the infamous Jeffery Maier game in the playoffs a number of years ago. Anyway, I hope the home field will bring some luck to the Tribe, and they can get back to their winning ways.

Not much else is new in the world of sports in my opinion. The Cavs head man Mike Brown was named the NBA coach of the year, but who outside of Cleveland will really care about that. Now let us just see if Lebron James gets the MVP award later on. Also, on a side note, we get our first look at the 2009 Ohio State Buckeyes on Saturday as they have their annual spring game. Terrelle Pryor has been working on his footwork on the dropback during the spring drills and resting his throwing arm due to an arm fatigue. Coach Tressell said it is not much to be worried about and that his prized sophomore will be ready to go when the fall comes. Besides both of those, not much else is new in the world of sports. Til the next time sports fans!

Saturday, April 18, 2009

Who owns "new" Yankee stadium?

Hi Sports Fans!
It appears that the Cleveland Indians seem to have the Yankees number this weekend in the opening series at the "new" Yankee Stadium. The Indians spanked the Yankees with a nine run seventh inning on Thursday in the opening game and then today they did themselves even better with a 14(!) run second inning. Sure they may not have won on Friday night and they still have tomorrow to go, but I am really enjoying this offensive output for the Indians. It was pretty cool to look at the box score for the game today and see that every starter had at least one hit by the fourth inning. Hopefully the Tribe can keep up this offensive onslaught on Monday when the come home to open a nine game homestand.

If you have been able to tell by the first entries in this blog, but I am a diehard Indians fan as well as a die hard of the Steelers. But I do care about other sports and teams as well, but my heart is for those two teams. I will watch other sports on television, but if the Steelers or Indians are on, I will have to watch them first. My favorite sport in general is baseball. No sport can match the history that America's pasttime offers. Go to any bookstore or library and head to the sports section, and you will find more books on baseball than any other sport. I read alot more about baseball than I do anything else, and you can ask my wife, I will read just about anything. I also collect more cards of the Indians than those of any other card. I have actually started focusing my collection to the Indians, Expos, and Steelers with a few individual players mixed in as well. I am just a sports junkie in the purest form of the word. Enough said!

Well, I am going to head back to hanging out with my best friend. I have come home this weekend to visit my grandma, who is not in good health, and see my best friend. We are matching the Indians take and put the hurt on the Yankees. Go Tribe!

Thursday, April 16, 2009

The Indians, Steelers, Cavs, and maybe a little more

Hi Sports Fans!
As I write this blog, the Indians are in New York City for afternoon tilt against the hated Yankees, but today is no ordinary game in the Bronx. Today is the long anticipate opening of the New Yankee Stadium, and all that it is worth, the pitching matchup is what I was looking forward to most of all. The last two Cy Young award winners go head to head, as Cliff Lee takes the mound for the Indians, and CC Sabathia goes for the Yankees. Sure there will be a lot of pomp and celebration before, during and most likely, after today's game, but the one fact remains the same, and that is as an Indians fan, I still hate the Yankees. Not one ounce of blood in me likes anything to do with the Yankees. Yes, I was a fan of CC Sabathia, and wish him luck in New York, but I could care less for the Yankees. Hopefully the Indians can rough up the Yankees in this four game series, and after that, they don't play again until the end of May. Go Tribe!

The Pittsburgh Steelers announced their 2009 schedule the other day, and for the most part, it should be an easy road back to the playoffs, but one never knows in the NFL. The NFL is full of parity for a reason, and for that reason, there are more fans than any other sport besides possibly NASCAR. Back to the Steelers schedule for a minute though, as the reigning Super Bowl champs, I believe they got ripped by the league. They only play one Monday night game and that is in Denver. Sure they have two Thursday night games, but only one of them is in Pittsburgh. But if the Steelers don't advantage of this "softer" schedule in 2009, there won't be any celebrating come next January in the postseason. Go Steelers!

As some of you may know, I am not a big fan of the NBA, but I do have to give a shout out to the Cleveland Cavs as they have clinched the best record in th association. Sure they lost on their home court last night for only the second time all year, but they look like a tough team to beat now that the long (and I mean LONG) post season of the NBA begins this weekend. Good luck to the Cavs as they begin their search for the title with an opening series against the Detroit Pistons.

And now, a little bit of a sad note. My best friend lost his grandfather the other day, and I will always remember seeing Tony and his wife Ellen in the mall in my hometown on many occasions. Tony was not much of a talker, but he always had a good word to say. I know Aaron, my best friend, will miss his grandfather, and I just want to send out my prayers to his entire family at this time of loss.

Well, I am going to stop for now because I have an Indians game to listen to. Hopefully the Tribe has broken through for some runs. Til next time...

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

First blog jitters

A couple of years ago, I had started a blog about the world of sports, and then stopped posting a daily blog after I met my now wife. I met her in September of 2007, and we just were married in a beautiful outdoor ceremony in October of 2008. The one thing I absolutely love about my wife, her name is Gretchen, is that she knows that I love sports. I watch just about any sport that I can on television, and although she may not always like it, she still supports my habit of watching sports, reading about sports, and collecting sports cards especially baseball and football cards.

I have recently started reading other blogs about sports cards, and it gave me the idea of starting a new blog for myself about the world of sports. There are many aspects of sports that I love, but there are many that I don't enjoy and through this blog, I hope you will see my point of view and respect my point of view in the world of sports. I won't keep you long this first day of being back to blogging, but I thought I would start off by giving a few remarks about the world of sports in the last few months.

First of all, a big shout out to my beloved Pittsburgh Steelers, who won their sixth Lombardi Trophy back in February. I am still on an emotional high from that game, and that will continue onto this next season. You will see many blogs in the months to come about the Steelers from me.

Secondly, what is going on with the Cleveland Indians? Last night they fell to the Kansas City Royals by a score of 4 to 2. Sure it is early, but the Indians are sitting at 1 and 6, and better start winning soon or manager Eric Wedge could be on the hot seat.

Thirdly, Congrats to the Cleveland Cavaliers on clinching the best record in the NBA last night. I am not a professional basketball fan, but the Cavs are starting to make a believer out of me. Let us see if Lebron James can carry the team to a title now.

And last but not least, good luck to the Columbus Blue Jackets as they start the NHL postseason on Thursday night. They have a tough task ahead of them in playing the Red Wings, but with Steve Mason in goal, anything can happen.

Well, I am going to sign off for now, but hope all of you will be back to check out my blog as I start back into blogging again. Have a good day!