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...

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