The Indians won again tonight! Aaron Laffey, Lewis’ replacement, nearly gave me a heart attack in the first inning but he got out of a bases loaded one out jam beautifully and it was smooth sailing until the sixth inning from there. Unfortunately for aaron Jensen Lewis was not quite as commanding as he has been recently and gave up two runs that were charged to Laffey taking away his chance for a win on his 24th birthday. But the Indians won on his 24th birthday and Kerry Wood collected his first save as an Indian. It was a great game and I was thrilled to finally see another victory.
The Indians won today. Mark DeRosa hit two home runs and a double that was nearly a home run. Grady Sizemore went 2-4 with a single and a triple. I love triples and stolen bases and bunt singles; anything that involves speed is incredibly attractive to me. Probably also why I like soccer players. Fausto Carmona had another strong outing and Kerry Wood pitched a scoreless seventh. Good day for the Indians.
Toady is a off day in Spring Training for the Indians so there is no real news to report so far.
Grady Sizemore CF
Mark DeRosa 3B
Victor Martinez C/1B
Jhonny Peralta SS
Travis Hafner DH
Shin Soo Choo RF
Ben Francisco LF
Ryan Garko 1B
Asdrubal Cabrera 2B
Insert Kelly Shoppach for Ryan Garko on days Cliff Lee pitches and whenever else Eric Wedge feels like playing him.
The first six batters are all legit home run threats. Even without home runs there are some scary things happening in that lineup for opposing pitchers. If Grady gets on DeRosa has already said that he would love to figure something out with Grady to make it easier for Grady steal some more bases this year. So there is the stolen base threat. Then there is the RBI threat without a home run. This entire lineup is capable of hitting to drive runs in.
Last night the Indians were featured on 30 Clubs in 30 Days on MLB Network. It was a great show and was a lot of fun to watch for Indians fans. They had a lot of interviews which was very interesting to see. I loved hearing what the players had to say about themselves and 2009. I think the two best interviews were Kerry Wood’s and Carl Pavano’s. In Wood’s he talked about the difference between being a starter and a closer. He believes that the closer’s job is a lot less forgiving. Basically he said that closer’s have to go out and be pretty much perfect every time they pitch while starters have a little bit more room for error. He seemed ready to take on both the leadership role in the bullpen and the intensity of being a closer. Pavano talked about feeling healthy and better than he has in a long time. This is exciting to hear and very relieving. I hope it is true because we need him to be strong to be able to be a serious contender. They also talked to Grady. Grady said he was not really happy with his performance in 2008. He did say that he was happy with how the team finished and is happy to be considered a leader on the team. Overall it was a great show and I suggest watching the show about your team if you can. It is a great series.
History of Cleveland Baseball
I. It is Game 7 of the ALCS. The
Red Sox are leading 3-2 in the top of the seventh. Kenny Lofton is on second
thanks to an error by shortstop Julio Lugo. Franklin Gutierrez hits a shot down
the third base line. It ricochets of the wall into short left center where
Manny Ramirez picks it up. Kenny Lofton is held at third for fear of being
thrown out at home. Casey Blake, one of the best clutch hitters in the league
steps in. He hits into an inning ending double play. Can the Tribe come back in
the late innings and pull off a Game 7 victory and make it to the World Series
for the first time in ten years?
II. Cleveland has a long and rich
baseball history dating all the way back to 1869.
III. Cleveland’s early years range
from the worst in baseball to the best in baseball. Cleveland baseball teams
have won two World Series Championships: 1920 and 1948. However the Curse of
Rocky Colavito has kept them from another championship ring for sixty years,
the second longest unbroken championship drought in baseball. The future of the
Cleveland Indians is bright and filled with rising stars.
The early years of Cleveland baseball saw baseball in Cleveland rise from the
worst to the best.
Cleveland’s owner sent its best players, including Cy Young, to St. Louis
to popularize baseball there causing the Cleveland Spiders to achieve
the worst record in baseball history, 20-134.
B. In 1901 Ben Johnson, the creator of the
American League, founded his
league and created a team in Cleveland making the Cleveland Indians
one of the four charter members of the American League.
Early Cleveland stars included Napoleon Lajoie, giving the team their
first nickname The Naps, Addie Joss, and Joe Jackson of Black Sox Scandal
Cy Young returned to Cleveland in 1909 to finish his career where he
got his start.
After the 1914 season the nickname Indians was chosen for the team.
The Indians have won two World Series Championships in their history.
In 1920 the Indians played the Brooklyn Dodgers in the World Series.
They beat the Dodgers five games to two.
The road to the Series was a tough one. The shortstop of the Indians
was fatally hit by a pitch while playing the Yankees in August.
Joe Sowell replaced him and began his own All satr career.
The Indians’ Elmer Smith hit the first grand slam in World Series
history in game 5.
The Indians won their next World Series in 1948. They beat the Boston
Braves in six games.
The Indians led the league in batting average, earned run average,
and fielding percentage in the 1948 season.
The road to the World Series included a historic one game playoff
for the pennant against the Boston Red Sox.
The Indians have not won another World Series in over sixty years giving them
the second longest unbroken Championship drought in baseball behind only
the Cubs. Like the Cubs the Indians have a curse which has supposedly kept
World Series wins from them, the Curse of Rocky Colavito.
Colavito was one of the Indians’ top young players in 1955.
In 1960 the new management of the Indians traded Colavito to the Indians’
biggest rival, the Detroit Tigers.
The Cleveland Indians’ future looks bright despite 2008’s struggles with the
emergence of young, rising stars.
The 2008 season marked a year of struggle and disappointment for the
The Indians’ designated hitter, Travis Hafner, and star catcher,
Victor Martinez, were sidelined early with injuries.
Without the bats of Hafner and Martinez the Indians had trouble
adjusting and could not get their offense going.
With the exception of Cliff Lee the Indians pitchers suffered without
the foundation of a strong bullpen and starter Jake Westbrook who was out for the season after undergoing Tommy John surgery.
Midseason saw the Indians trade away their Cy Young Award
winner CC Sabathia to the Brewers.
Despite being last in the division the Indians climbed to third in
the division with an 81-81 record during the second half of the season.
Grady Sizemore is the Indians’ centerfielder.
He has been to three consecutive All Star Games.
He has won three consecutive Gold Glove Awards.
Last year he won his first Silver Slugger Award.
Last year he also became only the second Indians player and sixth
American League player to steal thirty bases and hit thirty home runs in one season.
He is incredibly humble and shy and shuns the spotlight and is
consequently believed by experts to be one of the most underrated players in the game.
Cliff Lee is the Indians staff ace.
In 2007 Lee battled through injury issues and never found his
Last season he came back and won twenty-two games and lost
only three to become the American League Cy Young Award winner.
In Cleveland baseball’s early years Cleveland saw the worst team in baseball grow into the best. The nickname of Indians was also chosen during this
time. In 1920 and 1948 the Indians won the only two championships the franchise
has ever won. In 1960 the Curse of Rocky Colavito is said to have taken
affect and has allegedly kept the Indians from winning a Championship since.
Although 2008 saw the Indians stumble the Indians appear to have bright
future with young stars like Grady Sizemore and Cliff Lee.
So did the Indians manage to come back and beat the Red Sox in Game 7 of the
2007 ALCS? Well in the bottom of the seventh Rafael Betancourt comes on
in relief of Jake Westbrook. Casey Blake makes an error allowing Jacoby Ellsbury
to get on base and bringing Dustin Pedroia up to bat. Betancourt gives
up a two run home run to Pedroia giving the Red Sox a five to two lead to
end the seventh. The Indians were unable to figure out Boston’s closer Jonathan
Papelbon in the next two innings but the Red Sox managed to score six
more runs to give the Red Sox the eleven to two win and send them to the World
Series. However these struggles have not stopped Cleveland fans from believing,
“It’s Tribe time now!”
I just wanted to thank everyone for being so helpful and supportive with my recent decision. Y’all are great!
Kerry Wood has been dealing with a sore back for a few days. It is fortunately not anything to worry about according to Wood, Carl Willis (Indians’ Pitching coach), Eric Wedge, and the Cubs’ trainer. Wood says this happens every year at the beginning of the Spring and it usually only sets him back a day or two. Since the Indians were already planning on easing him back into baseball there is very little concern over Wood’s health in Goodyear.