Perhaps Cleveland over the years made a deal with the devil. The phenomenon that comes into play at just the right time – Mother Nature. The nuisance that creeps up behind us every time the Indians play and slowly stalks our every movement. She has always found her home in Cleveland, comforting to the sound of the rock and roll music topped with some great baseball. The prognosis of the weather guy is always wrong and it ends up Mother Nature gets the best of us Clevelanders once again.
The seagulls appearing only to save the game for us in the ninth inning – made up for the many horrific thunder storms echoing throughout the ball park. The stinging thought that Ms. Nature has our number. She has brought forth a squirrel, midges, and many a storms. Her disinterest in the Indians disheartens the fans and the city alike.
Time after time, we condone to her just to get another period of showers rained upon us in the middle of the inning. Her lack of season worsens our chances leading to snow in March. So blame it on mother nature! She is the unlawful one who breaks all the rules and rains out game after game. Ms. Nature is the one who sets us up for disaster time after time.
Or is it us? Did we make the deal with the devil?! Maybe it is us immature Cleveland fans who are bursting our bubbles for a winning season? Could it be? Turn around your snobby little fingers and point at yourselves. We do it to ourselves. Us selfish little soundless fans who boo continuously at the games – are the reason she has set off.
Where is the enlightenment? We are the Cleveland Indians – the cornerstone of all major league baseball clubs. Our team would be worth 60 electoral votes in a Presidential Election. Come on Cleveland, where is your sense of pride? The lack of communication is killing the demons within the inner soul. Ms. Nature might be the peacekeeper in all of this. She could be the one evening it out.
For goodness sake, we are the fans who used to ‘have it our way’ like in the Burger King Commercials. We were ignorant, incoherent, selfish little people who fed on the domination upon other AL Central teams. That was us alright – the good old days where our wins would gush out into the open flame. We couldn’t care less about the game itself. But now, Mother Nature has made us see the light. The reason us neglected fans didn’t care about our team.
You see, it all comes back to Mother Nature, and the bond we shared with her throughout time. There is a point in time where Ms. Nature will trance away – leaving not a trace of step. We will be on our own in the wilderness and we will need to be superior top notch fans who really care about the Indians.
Not some fan that goes to the games and talks the whole time. Mother Nature gets us for every one of those. She tries to scold us and scorn us that the true meaning of a ‘fan’ is to go to the games and cheer your team on. Not sit there ranting and raving about a bad season. That isn’t a true fan, a true fan is always in the bleacher’s like John Adams banging away at the drum until the pieces fit together. When the fortunate time comes – us Indian’s fans will recognize it and we better take advantage.
Cause now we learned something – we have waited a good 10 years for another dynasty – and we ain’t waiting any longer. Cherish the good times Cleveland, they are a comin! The grief that Mother Nature shares with us sprinkles down when it rains. She is shedding none other but tears during her long showers that delay games. She isn’t against us – she is with us 100%. Ms. Nature is the one who acknowledges fan-dom to the fullest.
She churns with playoff fever ready to explode like Rock N’ Blast fireworks at any second. She is sticking around, not popping like gum would on the regular basis. She frowns upon thee who rain down the garbage on the field after a tough loss and those who don’t have the Indian Fever cause’ frankly, she is trying to spread it through the air.
We all stumbled upon the loaded up fever in 07 when we had our inglorious playoff run. But wherever did that spirit go? Did we lose it for good like losing cheer leading pride after high school? Or do we have the chance to regain it due to the fact that we are still willing to prevail over this mischevious drought of fan hood and move into the light of Indians baseball? That is up to you Cleveland, Ms. Nature is watching!!
So let the boo’s rain down on Andy Marte and for that matter – Kelly Shoppach when he strikes out and snaps the bat over his leg. That is his forte. Let the food rain upon the guy in section 172 that roots for the Yankees, and jeer at the beer guy who stands in your way at the games, cuz Cleveland, karma is awaiting you – so make the right choice now, or have it implode.
Let yourselves scream and shout for every defensive error in the outfield, and let the guy beside you know he is taking up too much space and you can’t sit properly in your VIP seat, cuz its coming Cleveland. Let your grievance compile into one big sob pile cause that’s all your gonna get. Time to let your fan-dom unfold. Time to compile every good thought about Indians baseball and mesh it into one. Time to make the Indians noteworthy of some forgiveness and sorrow for all the hurtful comments in the air.
Why are we really Indians fans? It is time you dig deep and look for the tears and hurtfulness of all that has gone on with the team throughout the years – where they have gone from zero to hero, from Super-Joe, to zero. What goes around comes around in this business, and ignorant fans for that matter does too. Do you wanna be looked at by every major league baseball organization around and have them say ‘Cleveland fans suck!!’ Or do you want them to go around saying that ‘Man, Cleveland has some real fans over there. I would play there any day.’
Let’s set an example to everyone else. Let’s show the gratitude to other’s about being a Cleveland fan, and a baseball fan in all. Let the guy in section 172 know you ‘love em’ and your ‘sorry’. Let the astonishing pain go away before settling into another Indians game. Don’t resist Mother Nature, she is here to help and so is baseball. Don’t be inferior to other fans – they aren’t the Indians fans like we are.
So don’t let one measly rain out effect the whole next season Cleveland. Let the jeers roll and the rants rave cause I mean no harm, and neither should you. See the passageway and take the light out of the darkness. It’s time to hop aboard the bandwagon – that is, the Indians bandwagon headed to the winning side for a change. So displace those drowsy, angry Indians fans and become a good one – just how it used to be.
Young guys are proving they can play – the bullpen is showing it can shut opponents down. I think this team is ready. I give us a good two years to contend. The Indians will be AL Central Champs again, and playoff baseball will be brought back to Cleveland. The thought of it sends chills down my spine – remembering the 07 playoff run.
Every team in their brother in this offseason will be looking for ways to get Matt Laporta and Andy Marte out this next year. They will exploit their weaknesses and go after them. Next year should be a tough year for both and Valbuena so don’t be so sure of powerhouse number’s. Let me show you an example.
In 2007 Asdrubal Cabrera hit .283 with 30 runs in 159 at bats. He wasn’t quite figured out until the next year when he went .259 with 48 runs in 352 at bats. When getting almost double the at bats he did in the first season: his number’s slipped because opposing pitcher’s figured out how to pitch to him over the course of the season. They exploited his weakness’s and made him ground out again and again. Once they figure you out – its awful hard to come back strong.
This year: although Asdrubal is hitting .315 with 16 stolen bases and 67 runs. He has been one of the leader’s on the team and has really shown he can fight at the plate. He learned how to hit the away pitch – and every pitch for that matter, and just lines every thing back where it came from. He has come a long way, and it has finally payed off.
The pitching just isn’t deep enough to contend next year: even if Carrasco dazzles. The fact is – that Laffey should be your one starter, with Masterson at two, Huff at three, Carmona four, and Carrasco five. That means Sowers is out – or could fight Fausto for his job. Carmona hasn’t been controlling his pitches at all: and like Masterson, has really gotten behind hitters. Fausto walks alot of people which is what leads to many runs scoring. In his past ten starts: Carmona has walked more than one batter all but once.
That just shows me the batter’s are starting to work him – and he isn’t able to keep pounding the strike zone consistantly. He hasn’t shown he can keep the Indians in ball games giving up 4 or more runs in 5 of his last 10 games pitched. Where did the dominant Fausto go: where he won 19 games? That Fausto controlled his sinker and was one of the most dominant pitcher’s in the game. Until he finds his mojo – the Indians won’t have the pitching.
In 2011 – I figure that we will have Carlos Santana behind the dish: and nor Wyatt Toregas or Lou Marson will have the job. Santana has an absolute gun behind the plate and is a true hitter. Carlos is hitting .290 with 21 homers and 93 RBI at the AA level. Those are some very good numbers: especially for a young guy like Carlos. I expect next year he will get a promotion: and if he can hit at the AAA level, I think he will be a for sure midseason call-up. What have we got to lose?
Playoff fever back in Cleveland would feel amazing. The 07 ALDS was a memory I will always have. The crowd was going crazy: waving their “Its Tribe Time Now” towels all crazily in the air. You couldn’t hear anything – and no one was going to miss any part of the game for oh: a bathroom break, food, or an Indians team shop.
People in the street were happily playing guitars: and playing hermonica’s all for the joy of playoff baseball. I tell you – we have some of the most true fans over here in Cleveland: we aren’t band wagon at all. We love the Indians and have from day one. Some of Red Sox nation and probably a third of the Yankee’s fans: don’t know anything about them. They just like them cuz they are good. That isn’t what being a fan is like though. Winning all the time: just isn’t fun.
When you are on the brink of elimination – and everyone in the stadium is biting their nails: that is fun. Like when Travis Hafner hits a walk off to win the game in the ALDS – that is fun. But what fun is winning 100 games year after year and winning the division? Then you take the playoffs by storm and win the world series: is it that fun to repeatedly say “We win, we win!” And do you cheer? Or do you try to cheer? Like you don’t have the inner fan: to start shouting and screaming and romp around the house.
The Rays made alot of die hards happy when they made it to the world series: something that no one expected them to do. Now that is baseball – the celebration: fans not giving up on one of the worst teams in baseball, and then celebrating the huge win and the world series birth. In fact: I would be happy just to be a part in the world series.
The last time we were in it, 1997: the dang Marlins got us. They came back on us in game 7 and beat us. My dad was there – he experienced it all. The heart break: the long trip back home: the angst of losing. It sucked, but that is what a true fan is being like: always there rooting your team on.
When playoff baseball comes back – I will treat it like church. I will be attending almost every game: ready to cheer on the Tribe. In 2011 the year I picked: I will be there, ready for the Indians to go to the world series. Jon Adams will be there banging his drum of course.
But we need pitching in order to get there: In my eyes – with the talent coming up we have a potent lineup that I would compare to the Red Sox. We have to make our starting pitching better though – we can’t get to the playoffs without pitcher’s who can go 6 to 7 innings giving us a chance to win every night. Hopefully all the young guys will have it figured out by then and will perform well: but you can’t guaruntee anything. That is why I am not so sure about 2011: “Is the pitching going to be there?”
I can’t answer yes. The pitching was there in 07. Although Sabathia sucked in the postseason: he still won the Cy Young, and really led the Indians to the playoffs. Fausto Carmona was a stud: having won 19 games and really showing he could pitch. Paul Byrd had a good 15 wins adding on to the Indians 96-66 record. They have to be complete: and I believe this team can do it.
So reserve your playoff tickets for 2011 Cleveland, make sure you grab them quick: they are selling fast. Make sure we come out with new towels and signs too – we can’t have the old “Its Tribe Time Now” rally towels anymore. Jon Adams: bang away as loud as we can – and we will be yelling with you. Let’s go Tribe – its our turn to win!
The kid can pitch. He is 3-3 on the year and has already pitched twice for the Tribe, once out of the bullpen, and once as a starter. He was recently acquired in the Victor Martinez trade along with three other top prospects in the Red Sox system. He has a nasty slider, and a fastball which on average is in the 92-96 range. He is a young kid and looks like he is growing off of each outing.
The year 2008 was a big year for Masterson as he
FROM JAMAICA: Is the first Jamaican-born pitcher in major league history and just the 4th player overall, joining Chili Davis (1981-99), Devon White (1985-2001) and Rolando Roomes (1988-90). AS STARTER: Started 4 games at Double-A Portland to begin 2008 before making his major league debut in a spot start on April 24 vs. the Angels…Allowed 2 hits and one run in 6.0 innings without a decision in Boston’s 7-5 win…Was the 3rd Sox pitcher since 1956 to pitch at least 6.0 innings while allowing 2 hits or less in his debut, joining Jim Lonborg (April 23, 1965) and Billy Rohr (April 14, 1967)…Was optioned back to the Sea Dogs later that day. Returned for a 2nd start on May 20, beating the Royals for his first career win…Gave up 3 hits and one run in 6.1 innings…Was the 4th Sox pitcher to ever allow 3 hits or less in each of his first 2 major league starts, joining Blaine Thomas (1911), Lee Rogers (1938), and Frank Baumann (1955). Recalled for a 3rd time on June 3 and went 3-3, 4.32 (20 ER/41.2 IP) in 7 starts…Won his first 2 outings, both at Fenway Park, becoming the first pitcher in Red Sox history to go undefeated in each of his first 4 major league appearances, all as a starter at Fenway Park…
Was 4-1, 3.00 (12 ER/36.0 IP) in first 6 major league starts before going 0-2, 5.00 (10 ER/18.0 IP) in his last 3 outings…Worked at least 6.0 innings in 8 of 9 starts with high of 6.2 innings on June 13 at Cincinnati…Set a major league career-high with 9 strikeouts in that game.
IN RELIEF: Was optioned to Pawtucket on July 7 and made 3 relief appearances for the PawSox before returning to Boston for remainder of year on July 20…Issued runs in 9 of 27 bullpen outings and permitted 3 of 17 inherited runners to score (17.6 percent)…Had 3 holds and finished 6 games with 10 of 27 first batters reaching base…Held opponents to a .231 batting average in relief. Tossed 2.2 scoreless frames in his first major league relief outing, July 23 at Seattle and had a 1.89 ERA (4 ER/19.0 IP) over his first 14 appearances through August 26…Compiled a 2.93 ERA (5 ER/15.1 IP) in final 13 games…His 2.36 ERA beginning July 23 was 6th lowest among all A.L. relievers with at least 30.0 innings…Worked 2.0 or more relief innings on 7 occasions…Gave up just 2 homers in relief…Was 5-0, 3.10 in 20 games/5 starts at home and 1-5, 3.23 in 16 games/4 starts on the road.
IN THE MINORS: Began the year at 1-0, 0.95 in 4 starts at Portland to earn 1st recall to Boston… After return was 0-3, 7.45 in 4 starts…After 2nd start with Boston, was sent to Pawtucket and defeated Scranton/Wilkes-Barre in lone start for the PawSox on May 29…Allowed 2 runs in 3.1 innings in his 3 relief appearances at Pawtucket, July 10-17.
POSTSEASON: Set a Red Sox rookie record with 9 appearances in the 2008 playoffs, going 1-0 with a 1.86 ERA (2 ER/9.2 IP)…Only 4 major league rookies have ever logged more post-season outings in a season: Julian Tavarez (12 in 1995), Brendan Donnelly (11 in 2002), Francisco Rodriguez (11 in 2002) and Tyler Johnson (10 in 2006)…Pitched in each of Boston’s first 6 games, joining Scott Williamson (6 in 2003) as the only Sox hurlers ever to do so in a single post-season. Logged a 2.25 ERA (1 ER/4.0 IP) in 4 ALDS games against the Angels…Made his playoff debut in Game 1 at 23 years, 191 days old, the youngest Red Sox pitcher to appear in a post-season game since Ken Brett (19 years, 24 days) in Game 7 of the 1967 World Series…Went 1.0 inning in each of the first 2 games, recording holds in both contests…Combined to allow one run over 2.0 innings in ALDS Games 3 and 4…Suffered a blown save in Game 4, but did not take the loss as Jed Lowrie’s walk-off 9th-inning single gave the Red Sox the 3-2 victory and clinched the series. Pitched in 5 of 7 ALCS games against the Rays, going 1-0 with a 1.59 ERA (1 ER/5.2 IP)…Allowed just one hit in his first 2 outings (1.1 IP)…Turned in his longest playoff appearance in Game 4, giving up one run with 4 K’s over 2.1 frames…Tossed a scoreless 9th to earn the 8-7 win in Game 5… At 23 years, 208 days, became the 7th-youngest Sox hurler to win a post-season game…Babe Ruth was the last to do so at a younger age, 21 years, 246 days, in Game 2 of the 1916 World Series.
Although the Red Sox get the big household name, in Victor Martinez, I think the Tribe gets the upper hand in the deal. Masterson, is the bargain, he is a workhorse who will blossom to be the Tribe’s #1 and will become the ace of the team in years to come. Now the Indians are (49-65) currently 10.5 back of division leading Detroit Tigers. If the Indians can go on a big stretch, and can come within a good 7 or so games, watch out! They have some young players playing but they are doing better without their studs, (Lee, Martinez, Francisco.) Look for it to be a strong finish. The pitching staff out to get better if they wanna continue to be in the hunt.
The rotation looks somewhat like this,
1. Aaron Laffey, (6-3 3.25)
2. David Huff, (6-6, 6.76)
3. Justin Masterson (3-3, 4.22)
4. Jeremy Sowers, (4-8, 4.88)
5. Fausto Carmona, (2-7, 6.37)
The Tribe doesn’t really have a particular rotation right now, as they are seeing how everyone pitches. It looks right now that Laffey has it going as well as Huff. And the newly acquired, “beast” Justin Masterson has done well in his first start with the Indians. Like I said the Pitching needs to get to the point where they can go and give 5 strong and give the Tribe offense a chance to win.
The offense has been decent. I am not going either way on this, but Grady Sizemore has gotten back on track, as Asdrubal Cabrera the team leader is staying hot. Pronk looks like he is mashing the ball again. So who knows. Cleveland Rocks! But does their baseball team? Let’s see….
Tribe Talk With Ted