Wednesday, April 20, 2011
The Indians battled back in the top of the ninth inning only to leave the bases loaded down one run.
Carlos Santana, with "Hero" written all over him, stood and looked at three straight pitches for strikes.
Did somebody super glue the barrel to his shoulder?
So I understand a young team will make mistakes but is there really ever any excuse for not swinging the bat...at all?
I do believe that this team will grow and mature this year and win a fair share of games.
They may even make a run for the playoffs just like '05 and '07 when they were picked then to finish in the cellar of the ALCD. (I KNOW they will make a run for it!)
But it is games like last night in Kansas City that will come back and haunt us.
Oh Hell, it will come back and bite us in the behind!
Think back to 2005 when the Indians came up about a game short of making the playoffs.
There were many games that if they went to other way, we would have been in and Boston would have been out.
Think back to the final home stand in Cleveland when Ozzie Guillen swept us.
Remember Ozzie giving the Indians' fans the choke sign?
Or the weekend before when we lost to Lou Pinella and his Devil Rays.
It is one thing to get beat but you just can't stand there with 2 out and the bases loaded and your team is down by 1 run in the ninth. That is movie material!
Just as Manny Acta has his pitchers firing first ball strikes (and that has been the key to their success season to date), he must get these guys to know when they have to swing.
When in doubt, clout it out!
Come on Carlos, a city is waiting to anoint you "Savior!"
Sunday, April 17, 2011
This isn't Murderers' Row and we don't (yet) have the Fearsome Four but we are winning.
So if we were losing as expected, these sportswriters would be telling us about how hard it is to compete in a small market with little payroll and a lack of fan support.
Instead, we are leading the ALCD with a 10-4 record (as today's game is in progress with the good guys ahead 4-2) and we are being cautioned to look at reality.
How will we ever get a winner in Cleveland if we don't believe?
As Orlando Cabrerra said when asked if this team was a contender, "Not yet, we need about another month and a half into the season but I think we have what it takes."
If anyone has told this team they are not supposed to win, they aren't buying it.
Look in the dugout, watch them grow together on the field, and strap in! We are in for a fun summer ride!
Tuesday, April 12, 2011
- Solid offense
- Solid defense
- Solid relief
- Starting pitching that will require at least 2 of these guys to have career years
Sunday, April 3, 2011
I watched and watched the ball sit on the rubber until Fausto Carmona took the mound. Then I wasn't sure if he used that ball or gave it up for a game ball but he did pick it up. I kept thinking, from Anne Feller's hand to Fausto Carmona's hand...what inspiration that could have been knowing that the man being honored had pitched a no hit opener in Cleveland in 1940. That's Hollywood stuff but Fausto failed to seize the moment.
Anyway, if we lose this game today, I gotta put the blame on the skipper.
We need this win today...Come on Manny, lead the youngest team in the majors to their 1st victory today!
Friday, April 1, 2011
Fausto, this is a huge game for you in so many ways! Bigger than the Bug Game in 2007 when you were so dominant against those Skankees!
After the tribute to Bob Feller and the Silent First Pitch by his widow, you take the mound with a lot heaped on your shoulders. A city looks to you to lead us through this very important first game and set the tone for the season. After all, that is what the opener is all about!
It's time for a prediction, at least one for today...
Fausto comes out pumped and focused like he can, like he was in the Bug Game.
This fine fielding team that the Indians have assembled plays error free ball.
Despite the cold weather, we out hit the White Sox.
Final score, Cleveland 5, Chicago 3
A great start, setting the tone for what could be a very interesting and surprising season of Cleveland Indians Baseball!