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...