Tuesday, September 2, 2008

30-30-30!...54 Years Young!...20 Victories!...Fausto's Turn Tonight!

Every time Grady Sizemore takes the field, he stands to break a new record for the Cleveland Indians. He currently is a 30-30-30 man, the first player for the Indians ever to have 30 home runs, 30 stolen bases, and 30 doubles in the same season. Can Grady reach 40 homers and 40 steals? I wouldn’t bet against him!

Happy 54th Birthday to the Cleveland Indians’ SportsTime Ohio broadcaster Rick Manning. Rick was a very fine hitting center fielder for the Indians and he has really become an excellent sportscaster. What’s next, managing in the Bigs?

It was great to see Cliff Lee reach win #20 last night. He has been so focused this year on winning that he has been over-powering at times. He truly had great command of all of his pitches last night as he pitched a 5-hit, no-walk, complete-game, shut-out. You have to wonder what got Ozzie Guillen and A.J. Pierzynski all fired up last night before the game. Cliff had a little ritual that he performed before his warm-up pitches each inning, perhaps the boisterous Sox manager and catcher took exception to Cliff facing second base and throwing a phantom pitch prior to his warm-ups. But before the game even got underway, before Cliff took the mound, Ozzie could be seen mouthing off and making gestures to the Cleveland dugout. Who (Indians’ fans) could ever forget Ozzie giving the Cleveland fans the choke sign at the end of the 2005 season? Rather than stoop to their level, perhaps the Indians can just play good, hard baseball and help to take the Sox out of contention in the 5 remaining games we have with them and no choke gesture will be needed, just implied.

Tonight is Fausto’s turn. He needs a big victory to continue his return to greatness since coming off the DL.

Tonight, how about this…Fausto and the Indians 7, White Sox 3?!


Deaner said...

Bravo to Grady! 30-30-30 is an impressive feat. He is also the teams' Roberto Clemente Award nominee. Together this means he is not only a great player but also a great person.

UGH... Ozzie Guillen... he irritates me to no end. Has the guy ever showed any class?

Big Daddy said...

Hey, you didn't comment on my prediction for the game...I missed it by 2 runs, 7-3!
It was a rare night when I couldn't watch the game. I came out of a meeting, switched on the game, and was pleasantly surprised that the score in the 8th inning was 9-3!