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    After suffering through another winter we finally have the Boys Of Summer back starting tonight. The World Series winners, the Philadelphia Phillies are at home tonight to the Atlanta Braves. The rest of the major leagues get going Monday. The Jays actually open at home Monday night with the Detroit Tigers in town. With the weather forecast we have for tomorrow we are all thankful to have the covered dome :)

    It looks like Cleveland is opening on the road at Texas. The Indians home opener is schedule for Friday April 10 with the Blue Jays :)

    The Jays management is not predicting an overall good season this year. They didn't do a lot in the off season and the Jays lost a couple of players to free agency, most notably AJ Burnett. The Yankees can have his attitude :rolleyes: The pitching for the Jays will be the biggest problem. Roy Halladay is the #1 pitcher but the rest of the starters are not household names even to Jays fans. The rest of the rotation is Jesse Litsch, David Purcey, Ricky Romero and Scott Richmond. I don't know who the starter will be Monday but it's most likely going to be The Doc.

    So as the umpires say to start a game "Play Ball"
     
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    Yep we started not on a good note though, lost the game 9-1 Cliff Lee was okay just kept the pitches up. Course during the course of the game a ball came back and hit cliff on the arm they showed the knot forming and wow that hurt, it was after that that he gave up several runs, but he says it wasn't because of the ball back it was because his pitches were up.

    We now have 3 on the DL one was already there Jake Westbrook he had the Tommy john surgery and Hip surgery due back around June/july.
    David Dellucci went on the 15 day DL with a tight calf, due back around the 13th of this month or rather off it seems because of that (during ST) he didn't get the required number of bats so he will have some rehab with the minors they brought up Trevor Crowe talk about overly hyper wow.
    Jamey Carroll last game of ST and got hit by a pitch in the hand, they are saying it is fractored (at first both him and the team thought it was okay, turned out not so much) he is on the 15 day DL and may need surgery to quicken the healing time faster they figure out four to six weeks, for him they brought up Tony Graffanino he is a veteran so not so hyper, not real good either lol.

    JOSH BARFIELD Congratulations you are the 25th man on the roster, yes for those whom didn't see it (not sure if I reported it) but Josh won the last spot on the roster, over all the minors they brought up. He has learned to play the outfield, and Third base while maintaining his natural position at second, his need will be as sub for someone taking a day off, a pinch runner (he has speed) and pinch hitter (timing still a bit off but otherwise he can bloop them in there no problem).

    We had yesterday off (don't get that have a regular season game with the Rangers, a day off, and then play them two more games today and tomorrow lol.

    Now the home opener remember that one year oh 2007 there was that big snow out? :lol: Well no snow predicted, rain is, but they figure that it will only delay if at all a very short time. But it will be cold.

    Okay our game tonight is at 8:05 pm et. and Tomorrow at 2:05 pm et. they they come home and the Jays get to make visit. :D

    LETS GO TRIBE!
    LETS GO JAYS! (okay I can only to this today and tomorrow, then after y'all leave after playing us lol)
     
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    Not a good start to the season for the Los Angeles Angles. Rookie pitcher Nick Adenhart has been killed in a car accident :( The Angles game tonight against the Oakland A's has been postponed. No make up date has been announced.

    Angels Adenhart killed in accident
     
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    If anyone hasn't seen it, here is a link to a memorial of sorts for him
    Nick Adenhart, 1986-2009

    Reading all those tributes from players, coaches and writers brought tears to my eyes. Even Ozzie (from CWS) managed a statement that didn't contain one swear word. One of the Yahoo sports writers summed it up beautifully
    The lead investigator said the following "Hamilton said Gallo would be booked on DUI, vehicular manslaughter and murder charges, but the eventual charges he will face will be up to the District Attorney. Gallo's arraignment is scheduled for Monday."

    And fineally if you haven't read the Blog for the angels Lyle Spencer remembered him and this is a very well written personal story.



    On my own I would like to say that while I don't know this pitcher and I never saw him reading alot of what the was in the link I provided, this kid dreamed of being a ML pitcher and being very good at it, everyone says his life was cut short and that statement is true, but in the other sense he accomplished alot in a short time, I don't know if our lives are ever cut short or if we accomplish on this earth what we were meant to do, maybe that was what it was for him, he touched so many in so many ways, accomplished his dream and will be remembered for it. Was his life cut short or has he now just moved on to a brand new ballgame.
    I looked up the game he played against us in ST... it was on March 26th a thursday, he was up against Scott Lewis and we lost 8 to 5. Looking back now it really is a game I don't mind losing.
     
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    So the first round battle of the Great Lakes go to the Toronto Blue Jays :) they beat the Indians last night 13-7 :eek: Destiny whats going on with your beloved Indians. They're 0-4 on the early season.

    some interesting Blue Jays facts from last night. The 3 hour and 47 minute rain delay was the longest in their history, surpassing the old record by 13 minutes. The old record was against the Indians at the old Exhibition Stadium in Toronto. The first pitch was at 4:08 and the last pitch was at 11:20. The opening day crowd was 42,473 but only had about 3,000 fans left at the end.

    Today's pitching match up should be a good one :) Roy Halladay vs Cliff Lee.

    Go Blue Jays :)
     
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    What is going on with them, oy I can't begin to tell you all of it, this extended spring training instead of actually using it to help the regular members of the team adjust or work out stuff, noooooo that would be to easy 99.9% of it was used to see what the minors could do, good sure for pitching but it was all over the field. only 3 of the regular members actually stayed in a game for nine innings during ST the rest of the time, the regs were yanked out and minors put in. It's good if your trying for utility men (like Josh Barfield) but most of them weren't.

    Then with the flu going around it threw people off, alot of the players were practice before they opened the complex in arizona, so with that then the extended (which I hate the WBC really) they were lethergic during exhibition games, then they started pressing and its like wth, with that extension give the regular more days off and check out the minors then let the regs play and adjust from off season to full season mode gradually, but nope.

    That rain delay, the only problem I had is I read that the manager of the Jays wanted to get the fifth inning in while it was raining and something about Wedge said no way is he going to have any of the men (jays or tribe) breaking their limbs just to make it official. Later it was revealed that one reporter took what Cito said out of context for a storyline. I can see not wanting a double header, and trying to find an off day to match up for a make up was not a good idea because both teams need every day off they can get.

    As to the pitching, Cliff was trying to be cliff of last year, heck roy sympathized with him because he knows that feeling. Turned out that Scott Lewis had a mild forearm strain, it had bothered him in his last two ST games (which were awful) but he played anyway, but before anyone says if injured stop, he played through it before and the pain went away he thought honestly that it was just tight and would get loose. He is on the DL but is expected in about 7 days at the most to start a return to throw program, and should be back before the end of the month.
    Carmona (at least in Texas) that I think was the flu (cause he looked ready to either throw up or fall down lol) mixed with anixity because that was where he hurt his hip going to first on a bunt last season.
    Anthony Reyes now he was the one least expected to stop the skid of losses, he was awesome out there, but what the heck happened to Purcey? I get the dry whether reason (though it was damp out) but the dude was all over the place at times.

    As to the bats, well they fell asleep and apparently got cranky today being woke up to the chill and went all PMS and looks like they are starting to come alive. Though Hafner will only play five out of seven days because he isn't fully back to 100 % I have to say it is nice to see that he as well as many lost weight by toning and diet. And Hafner has a neck as we can now see lol. Good old farm boy from ND plus weight lifting equals very big guy lol. :eek:

    Okay so, so far I can give the Tribe Stats up to now lol 0-5 until today now we are 1-5...
    Friday Jays 13 - Tribe 7
    Saturday Jays 5 - Tribe 4
    Sunday Tribe 8 - Jays 4
    and headed for a seven game road trip, 3 days at KC and 4 at NYY.
    The Jays and Tribe won't meet again until July 21-23rd on your turf.

    One thing about slumps that I like, is if they have them, they do that all at once, and when they start coming out, its like 3-4 at a time, then its like a domino effect. Plus it happens at the beginning of the season and lasts about a week or two (collectively) for them ALL to come out of it.

    Jhonny Peralta needs one home run to pass Woodie Held for the Indians' record for most career home runs by a shortstop. Peralta began the season tied with Held with 85 career home runs. Todays HR by Hafner was his 150th of his career, he is about six months removed from the shoulder surgery.

    Updates on the DL:

    David Dellucci: Working his way back from a left calf strain that landed him on the 15-day disabled list, Dellucci is successfully progressing through his baserunning program and is scheduled to begin game activities early this week. At first, he'll be relegated to DH duties, and he'll steadily increase his workload in the outfield. "We hope to get him out on a rehab assignment late next week," Soloff said.
    Jake Westbrook: Now 10 months removed from Tommy John surgery, Westbrook is throwing 60-pitch bullpen sessions off the mound. In those sessions, he's throwing nothing but fastballs. He's throwing his changeups and curveballs off flat ground, but Soloff said he'll progress to throw the offspeed stuff off the mound this week. The Indians are targeting a midseason return for Westbrook.

    As to Jamey Carroll he has a broken Hand if you seen it on tv when they announced the players, heck that hand splint (no surgery required) was large enough, save it and use it as bat. :lol:

    Lastly and I can't believe I hadn't told you this, remember along time ago a pitcher named Juan Lara went home in the off season was in a sever crash that killed the people who crashed into him and severly injured him (spinal fracture, an arm fracture, broken ribs, a punctured lung and severe brain trauma.) well the indians kept him on the payroll to keep paying him a salary and medical benefits. The best anyone could hope for was that he would lead a semi normal life after all that.. BUT miracles do happen, "Tribe signs Lara to Minor League deal" Reliever continues comeback after near-fatal car crash. I am going to snip this
    Just 16 months after a car accident nearly took his life, Juan Lara is going to try to take the mound. -- The Indians have signed Lara to a Minor League contract, and he reported to the Tribe's Player Development Complex on Tuesday to begin a return-to-throw program. -- "With the procedures he's been through," farm director Ross Atkins said, "it is unreal that he's been cleared." At the time of the accident, the Indians were merely hoping Lara could recover enough to maintain a healthy life. So the news that he's going to try to revive his career is certainly surprising. Of course, the Indians have no clear idea of what they can expect out of Lara, whose throwing program will take place at the complex over the next two months. While doctors say his spine can tolerate the torque it takes to pitch, it remains to be seen how his muscles and his core will handle the workload. "We're still getting our hands around this," Atkins said. "I'll know more in three or four days. He's picked up a baseball [to play catch], but obviously, he gets quickly fatigued."

    Now this story as I said is a miracle and a good way to end a post.
    I am going to post one after this (as you know I don't do it too often) because What I have to post is funny and I think you would like it.
     
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    Baseball almanac rated this song one of the best, it is from 1999 and country singer Kenny Rogers. Called "The Greatest".​

    Little Boy, in a baseball hat
    Stands in the field with his ball and bat
    Says I am the greatest player of them all
    Puts his bat on his shoulder and he tosses up his ball​

    And the ball goes up and the ball comes down
    Swings his bat all the way around
    The world's so still you can hear the sound
    The baseball falls to the ground​

    Now the little boy doesn't say a word
    Picks up his ball, he is undeterred
    Says I am the greatest there has ever been
    And he grits his teeth and he tries it again​

    And the ball goes up and the ball comes down
    Swings his bat all the way around
    The world's so still you can hear the sound
    The baseball falls to the ground​

    He makes no excuses, He shows no fears
    He just closes his eyes and listens to the cheers​

    Little boy, he adjusts his hat
    Picks up his ball, stares at his bat
    Says I am the greatest the game is on the line
    And he gives his all one last time​

    And the ball goes up like the moon so bright
    Swings his bat with all his might
    And the world's so still as still can be
    And the baseball falls, and that's strike three​

    Now it's supper time and his mama calls
    Little boy starts home with his bat and ball
    Says I am the greatest that is a fact
    But even I didn't know I could pitch like that​
     
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    Some sad news out of baseball yesterday. Mark (The Bird) Fidrych has died at the age of 54 :( Fidrych was found beneath a dump truck that he was working on on his farm in Massachusetts. Police are calling the death accidental. Fidrych broke in with the Tigers in 1976 and was the American League Rookie of the years. He played all five seasons with Detroit before calling it a career becasue of injuries. He lives a wife and daughter behind :(

    In other news, the Jays beat the Twins last night 8-6. Rookie outfielder Travis Snider had two homers for the Jays which considering our ptiching problems is good. Jays started Jesse Litsch left the game in the 3rd with soreness in his right elbow :censored: The Jays were trailing at the time and thankfully the hitters and bullpen managed the win. Ryan got his first save of the year :)

    In news around the league, former Blue Jay Orlando Hudson hit for the cycle yesterday. Hudson now plays for the Dodgers helped the Dodgers win their home opener 11-1 over the Giants.

    There have been some really lopsided scores this early in the season. Are we in for another year of long ball, lousy pitching or who knows what the season will bring.

    Tonights starters for the Twins and Jays. Ricky Romero for the Jays vs Glen Perkins for the Twins

    Go Jays and Tribe :)
     
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    Okay well the Indians have just won 2 straight games in a row..
    Last game vs KC 5-4

    Then today they played the Yankee's in their home opener in their brand new stadium in front of a 48,271 people, Cy young CC Sabathia vs Cy young Cliff Lee, and then we promptly spoiled their day by winning 10 to 2. :p

    As you know Scott Lewis went on the DL (he is a pitcher) in his place they brought up Aaron Laffey (who pitched the KC game) but because of the 4 game with NYY's they decided to go with 13 pitchers, which meant someone had to go down, and this ticked me off, they had options to choose from (Crowe, Graffanino, Chaulk, Perez (who needs help), Masa K)
    But who do they choose? Josh Barfield. He didn't even get to play in the regular season,,,, oh wait he did he got to pinch run with two outs and got caught steal. That was it. Now after they are done with the yankees games they will not be using 13 pitchers but Barfield can't come back up because when optioned down you have to spend 10 days in the minors before being recalled. :rolleyes: :(

    They claimed that they choose Barfield because he was sitting too long and in AAA columbus he would have more AB's except he hasn't played yet there either. Josh busted his rear learing third, right and left, plus working on his AB, he was at the ST complex long before they were suppost to report, arriving during ST before the sun was up and then all day, did pretty well during. Wedge claimed they they would be sitting some of the regulars at least once a week to keep them fresh and get others AB but then he doesn't play Josh at all, but once he goes down he decided to sit Paralta and move Cabrera to Short, put Graffaino in at second (Josh's natural position) then sits Cabrera today and leaves in Graffaino at second. :scream:

    Then after todays game I watched STO's "All Bets Are Off" the station is owned by the Cleveland Indians, and it is hosted by Bruce (I spent time in prison because of Gambling and taxes) Drennen, someone calls in and asks how Dellucci is doing and Drennen says "I don't know and I don't care". :wtf: I was like WTF, geez he refused to show the ST interview he did with him because he went on the DL, but if it were Choo, Sizemore, or anyone (and he did show Carrolls just after he went on the DL) you can see his Bias is showing big time, he admits he is a great guy but hates him as a player. I just let him know via email that he [Dellucci] has fans who do give a damn and as of this point and time he is a cleveland Indian (what they do in the future is there not now) and that was nasty and unfair to him, his fans and teammates. Someone Asked about Carroll and he jumped to find the status, adam miller all over it, Scott Lewis right there, but Dellucci he pulls that crap. :scream:

    Anyway in the KC game Kerry Wood got his first save (on 7 pitches) and in the NYY game Cliff Lee got the win. :D
     
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    Okay four game series against the Yankees

    Game 1: Tribe 10 - NYY 2
    Game 2: Tribe 5 - NYY 6
    Game 3: Tribe 22 - NYY 4 (no that isn't a mistype)

    We finish up game four tomorrow.

    Today was a 3 hr 49 minute game Carmona got the win.
    Pitches: Tribe 142 (3 pitchers) .. NYY 236 (5 pitchers)
    Strikes/Balls: Tribe 77/65 ... NYY 142/94

    Oh yeah and the tribe had a 14 run second inning that lasted 37 minutes.
     
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    Split the yankee series lost sunday 7-3, but Carl Pavano former yankee and much hated by their fans, did great 1 run in six innings. The only wrinkle was the contraversial HR that the umps screwed up with instant replay, now I wouldn't say they screwed it up if it wasn't for the fact that STO slowed it down and fan interference was shown clearly, and later said fan admitted he did in fact interfere with the play, gee thanks man too late now. After that the bullpen trying to make those too fine of a pitch, pitches blew up.

    But the upside is this.. We made a record at the new stadium and I think the Jays should really try it to it was fun..

    More numerical fallout from the Tribe's 14-run second inning and 22-4 victory over the Yankees on Saturday. Research by Elias Sports Bureau:
    • The Indians' 14 runs are the most ever scored by one team in the second inning.
    • The eight extra-base hits in the second are a modern-day (since 1900) record.
    • The 50 total bases in the game tied a club record.
    • The Indians' 52 at-bats set a club record for a nine-inning game.
    • The Indians' 25 hits were the most since they had 26 in a 17-inning, 10-9 victory over the Twins on May 7, 1995.
    • The Indians' six homers were the most in a game since they hit six against the Yankees on July 4, 2006.

    Concerning Thursday's nine-run seventh inning and Saturday's 14-run second inning, according to Elias, it's the first time a visiting team has had two innings of nine or more runs in a series against the Yankees since 1907. The Tigers did it that year when the Yankees played at Hilltop Park in Washington Heights. It never happened at old Yankee Stadium.

    Through the first three games at new Yankee Stadium, the Indians and Yankees combined for 17 homers. It's the most ever hit, according to Elias, in the first three games of any ballpark in big league history.

    Now this is a funny story about that day...
    First-base coach Luis Rivera was running out of storage space in the second inning Saturday. While the Indians were sending 17 men to the plate, Rivera was collecting elbow pads, shin guards and batting gloves from the players when they reached first.
    "I was wearing two elbow protectors and a shin guard," said Rivera. "I had so many batting gloves, I was sticking them in the back of my pants. I finally had to call the bat boy out to come and get everything." :guffaw:
     
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    Crap that Ballgame betweent he Tribe and Jays was 3 hrs and 59 mins. oh and 12 innings. Next game 12:37 pm et. (okay what is with the #7 I mean 7:07 pm, 12:37 pm... Just asking).

    Loved this game, it had all you could ask for the action, drama, the back and forth, no hitters, so many batters sat down then break hit, then round and around we go.

    JOSH and LOOCH! This is Josh's first game since getting recalled from AAA Saturday. and Looch he was hitting .414 in AAA rehab, came up in the first game with the tigers and promptly told the team to basically chill out, loosen up and have some fun, then went out and had a four hit night, then the next night two hit night and today he pitch-hit and got a single. I believe he is something like 7 for 12.

    Matt LaPorta hit his first ML homerun, I am happy for him but honestly I think he needs AAA, only because last season he was a .200 hitter, he had multiple problems that made this so, those being things like a death in the family, hit in the head by a pitch... and this is his first year in AAA, and while he was batting .333 in 75 ab's he had 25 hits, 4 doubles, 2 triples, 5 HR's, 14 RBI's and 9 BB. BUT that is in AAA and in 21 games. So why is that a problem? Because his defense needs work, they say he is speedy, not in the outfield, yesterday he jogged to a ball coming out to Right.... and he is and Outfielder. He was a little faster to the ball today but didn't really go after it.

    Poor Josh in Left, in AAA they had him playing two main spots, second and Center, in ST he was playing center, left, right, second and third. He got out of wack on that in AAA for LF.

    But overall good game between the two teams!

    =========EDITED=====
    Another good game today we split but both teams ralling it was a good game.
     
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    Manny Ramirez Tests Positive & Suspended 50 games .. MLB.com Manny suspended for use of PEDs
    LA Times.com Has this comment,
    :roll:
     
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    It's a shame to hear about Manny Ramirez testing positive for drugs but you've got to know what goes in you body. Even if a doctor prescribes the medicine you should always check to see the the ingredients are.

    Sad news for the Boston Red Sox old timer list. Dom DiMaggio has passed away at the age of 92. Dom was the youngest of the DiMaggio brothers and played for the Red Sox from 1940-1953. Like his famous brother Joe, Dom took time out from baseball to serve in the military during World War II.

    Dom DiMaggio dies at 92
     
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    The Jays start an important 3 game series in Boston tonight. The Jays are 3 and a half games up on Boston in the American League East. And the Jays are also the best team in the American League :) Now I know we are only a month and a half in the season but the Jays weren't suppose to be were they are. I don't hear to many Jays fans complaining though. It's nice to see a team full of youngsters doing what people all winter say they wouldn't do and that is win. The Jays just completed a 7 game home stand and won 5 out of the seven. They took the first from the Yankees and then lost the next 2. They've just completed a 4 game sweep of the White Sox. In years previous the Jays would have gone into a tail spin after losing 2 out of 3 to the Yankees. This year with the kids the Jays have it's a different team. It's good to see it :)

    The scheduled pitching match up for the Boston Series
    Brian Tallet vs Tim Wakefield
    Brett Cecil vs Brad Penny
    Robert Ray vs Jon Lester

    In other baseball news Major League Baseball and Fox Sports will be starting the World Series' Games this year a half hour earlier on weekdays. Instead of the 8:30 start that they had been doing for years the games will start at 8pm. You never know I may be able to stay up and watch a complete game now :rolleyes: that's assuming that I can stand Joe Buck and Tim McCarver :rolleyes: but that's another issue :)

    Go Jays and Tribe :)
     

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