With the Indians and their awful pitching and bullpen last year, it was hard to swallow in the offseason and try to move on to Spring Training. But we did it. And I do think that if this staff gets better with a halfway decent bullpen, we can win the Central.
Yes fans, I did say a few posts ago and I still have a gut feeling that my Tribe has no chance of contending, but then again who is in the Central that really “wow’s” you and makes you think that everyone will be forming a line behind them? The answer is no one. The Twins were favored, but then Nathan went down. Now it’s anyone’s game to take home. This is going to be an interesting year.
Reasons we can contend: We have a good offense. We are young, and have full potential to hit at every position. Yes we will have our team slumps, but together we have a team that has a new hitting coach, that focuses on smooth swings and lives and dies off of working pitchers. I do think that this is an upside to our offense. No more dilly-dallying around. We are getting straight to business and straight to the point.
One of the reasons that we faultered last year was that Grady was injured and missed a good chunk of at bats. This really sunk our ship, and we slumped because of this loss. I think with a healthy Grady, and with Branyan in our lineup, we will be the most feared offensive team in the Central. I think 1 through 9 in our lineup can hit the gaps, and I think that we have the possibility of being in the top 5 in the MAJORS in extra base hits.
Luis Valbuena will be carrying that load by constantly hitting the gaps and circling the bases. I really like this kid, and if he can hit 7 homers and eh have maybe 60 or so RBI’s which he is capable of, I’m happy. Because his gap hitting power will always be there, and he will always score a good 60+ runs for us. I really like our chances in the Central.
We don’t have 5 clear spots etched in stone that are going to contribute on the mound, but when your the Cleveland Indians, if 3 of those guys don’t work, we have about another 5 in line. Just think about it, we have so many average minor league pitchers that we can bring up if our rotation isn’t contributing. It could be alot like “Guess Who” but you never know. We might find the guy that just might fit. Kind of like the Orioles did last year.
We could have a Brad Bergesen awaiting somewhere in the minors. I think the big contributor to this team is going to be their bullpen. If we keep a strong and consistent bullpen, this team will be alot of fun to watch. Just like in ’07 when the team had a ton of walkoff hits, we could do the same this year. We just need our bullpen to put up solid numbers, and we need inherited runners to not score.
I have been saying this the whole time, Tony Sipp is the man that I think might be the best relief pitcher on our team. Last year he hardly let inherited runners score, and he constantly got big outs when he needed. This could be contention time for the Cleveland Indians. We have most of the tools, and we cleaned house. Plus we have such a great ballpark and great fans. This year could be a whole heck of a lot of fun.
The Twins aren’t a team that we need to keep a huge eye out for anymore. Since there best pitcher is gone, they are going to be in panic mode. Yes there offense will still have a strong core, but their pitching will go down the drain. I would compare them to us this year, I don’t think that they will be any better though do to their loss of Nathan. I think if Mauer plays better than he did last year, then the Twins might win the Central over us.
But this speculation is fun. Who knows who could win the central. The Royals have a great pitching staff with a poor offense, while the Tigers have a decent offense with questionable pitching. Every team in the central has at least 3 or 4 flaws in them and could easily win the division. If the Indians want to win it though, they need to come out from the start hard and looking to win the central. The Tribe needs to work the counts, get good pitches, and steal bases.
That is another thing on my list that I forgot to mention. The stolen base part of the Indians game. With Choo, Cabrera, Sizemore, Valbuena, and Brantley able to steal bases, the Indians will definetly get into scoring position more often. We will see more RBI’s by the power hitters for sure this year, due to the reason we will be taking off more so than not. I think that if we swipe a good 80+ bags this year, we will have more productive numbers from guys in the lower spots in the order. And that just juices up the stat line, and the run production.
This year is going to be very lopsided, and we aren’t going to be happy for parts of the season. But I think it’s contention time, and it’s time that we recognize that. We are a contending team with lots of potential and lots of talent. Let’s just hope that no injuries occur, and that we can take a shot at one of the weakest divisions in baseball. I would like to thank the baseball gods…
Opening thoughts: How does this look for 7 seasons? 2 winning seasons while only having one winning season at the end of the all star break. Does that mean anything to you? Does it call out and say “we aren’t going to always dig ourselves out of the trenches that we build!” Well it is time to say “Good bye” to the man that was a part of this, Eric Wedge.
Sometimes I really don’t get the man. He is quiet, and a self conscious little guy. But why does he make such stupidity become reality? Why does he turn a “phenomenal team” into a “slumping team?” I just don’t get it sometimes. And well, neither do the Indians! Its tough to fire someone, but the deed has to be done, rid of him and move on.
What was he thinking by sitting Michael Brantley while he “was on his 8 game hitting streak?” What was he thinking? Sometimes, when a guy is hot, and when a guy especially like Brantley likes to play every day possible, why do you sit him? What pops into your mind telling you “to take the chance, that nothing will go wrong.” What do you know? Brantley ends the streak at 8 games in his “next” game and starts over again.
Another Eric Wedge, boneheaded move right there. Get used to it! I don’t get the process of thinking sometimes. Why don’t we bring in our “best” guys in the bullpen instead of our “worst” of the line? Its always the question “why” with Eric. Why is Marte at third today? You know his number’s are bad.
The success level of 2 out of 7 winning seasons just isn’t exceptable, and in the 08 season, I know we finished 81-81 but that falls under “not winning.” But I like to go back and think, “what would we have been like if Manuel would have stayed here in Cleveland? What would have happened if we could’ve kept our ‘stars’?” You never will know…
For all we know, we could have had 5 out of 7 winning seasons, and a World Series title under our belts. And you know what, Eric can’t take all of the blame. Look at all of the guys we have traded over the years! Look at how we have all the young guys we have received and have taken their chance to show us what the have!
You know they all came in those trades too right? Bartolo Colon for Grady, Victor, Brandon Phillips, and Cliff Lee catches my eye. We still hold Grady, our key player that we are quote “building around.” If it wasn’t for Shapiro, we wouldn’t be “here” teetering at the good – bad line flirting with becoming great again.
Maybe we shouldn’t be “blaming” anyone at all. I mean Shapiro has gone in and traded most of our “key guys” but has also brought in ‘all’ of our key guys. Name one guy in our starting lineup that we have “brought up through the minors.” Oh you can’t? That means Mark Shapiro has done his job. He has lived up to his ever lasting “rebuilding stages.” He has showed me that he carries it out.
Maybe Wedge isn’t the one to falter, for he was the one to have to “deal with the young guys.” He has assembled a little army of fighting knights, and we aren’t going to stop til we reach the top. Wedge might not be here, but when we achieve greatness, he will be the one to blame, excuse me, thank.
We haven’t seen it yet, but we have great baseball at the touch of our hands. The voice is just calling to us, “wait another year, come on Cleveland, you can do it.” And by the looks of things, we are following every command. We “can” be great next year and we “can” have the potential in 2011, but who says we “will?”
And until that factor comes into play, don’t expect anything. As I have been saying this for the longest time, “we aren’t going to contend until we have the pitching.” We are only two strong in my opinion, with the 3rd on his side. Jake Westbrook “could” come back full steam ahead, and could come back to being the 15 win guy he always was.
And Fausto Carmona “could” get back to 07 form and dominate with his “nasty” sinker that he threw to get his top notch ground ball/fly ball ratio. Everyone “could” compete, which they did in 07, but it isnt’ a “guarantee.” Nothing is with the Indians. Aaron Laffey is looking better and better to me, just gaining experience with every outing. I think this kid is the “real deal” and we need to hold onto him tight and not let him go.
As I said in “the Centerpiece,” the Indians hold their key to destiny, which is right before them. And that is exactly the truth. The Indians aren’t gonna come out next year and “wow” you. They are too young. They might surprise by winning 75 to 80 games, but they won’t have a shot at contending. So if you think that they are “the odds to win favorite of the AL Central” you are wrong.
With speed atop the team with Brantley, Cabrera, Choo, and Grady, the Indians could steal a ton of bases, and could use some “small ball antics” to steal the hearts of the Central. But will it happen? I am not sure. It is realisticly possible, with Brantley stealing 46 in the minors, and with Grady stealing 30 when he is on his game. The speed factor can be checked off the list, as well as the “offense” portion.
And now moving on to the offense. We need to be “more consistant” at the plate. We can’t go off of 17 hits, and all of a sudden get 2. That just isn’t good enough for the major leagues, and isn’t good enough for the Indians themselves. Its time they let themselves fly, they just hang loose for a year. Its time they make some dramatic changes in the clubhouse. We need a guy who can control the team and be a “leader” that shows signs of intensity.
With Santana possibly coming up next year for “Sept. call ups” we could be getting a look at our future catcher, and a possible MVP for years to come. From his ridiculous double A numbers, to his strong arm, he is the real deal head to toe. If we can get a hold of him by next year at the MLB level, and then broaden him for the 11′ season, oh you better be looking out Central, cuz we will be gunning for the top spot.
Its time “we” win for a change. 2011 is bright looking and we “could” be the winner’s of the Central, and we “could” be the cellar dwellers too. But who is to know unless we find out. Hey, if you just keep on dreaming, 2011 will come by soon right? C’mon Cleveland, its all in your own hands.
Tribe Talk With Ted is officially number 35 on the top 100 MLBlogs on the ‘sphere and I am loving it! The wahoo maniac inside me is jumping around and John Adams is pounding the crap out of his drum! The Indians are winning, and Michael Brantley is on a six game hitting streak! Time to break out the old Ted with some Ted’s Takes in there along the way!
Other things that have to do with 35:
1. Rickey Henderson
2. Cole Hamels
3. Frank Thomas
4. Mike Mussina
5. Justin Verlander
The number itself is an honor. With Rickey Henderson wearing it I will take it any day. The Hall of Famer wore it with style as he “stole” his spot in the HOF. Rickey has the most stolen bases of all time with 1,406 and also has the most leadoff homers and the most runs scored of all time.
Ted’s Take: Rickey is “the best” base stealer of all time in my opinion. He had one of the biggest lead-off’s and was one of the quickest guys in major league history. He got so many good jumps that is was rare that he got thrown out. He made things happen and was a catalyst for his team wherever he went. It is an honor to celebrate this number with a Hall of Famer.
Cole Hamels was the World Series and Playoff MVP last year as he posted a 4-0 record and shut down every offense he faced. Even though Cole has had a tough season, he will make sure he gets it going in the playoffs because that is where he shines.
Ted’s Take: With Cliff Lee coming to town via your Cleveland Indians, Cole has to work twice as hard to keep the number 1 job over a phenomenal Cliff Lee. Lee has showed Philadelphia how well he can pitch when hot, as well as how bad he can be when he is cold. Hamels has been a great playoff pitcher, so look for him to compete to be the number 1 in the playoffs. It will be a fight til the end.
Frank Thomas “Big Hurt” is one of the greatest hitter’s of all time. He joins Mel Ott, Ted Williams, and Babe Ruth as one of four to have at least a .300 average, 500 HR, 1500 RBI, 1,000 R, and 1,500 walks in their career. He is sure on his way to becoming a member of the Baseball Hall of Fame and being one of the greatest hitter’s of all time.
Ted’s Take: If your name is anywhere near those three guys (Williams, Ott, and Ruth) you ought to be in the HOF. To have so much power and hit for such a high average is just mind blowing. Frank Thomas is going to go down as one of the greatest hitter’s of all time and will surely be voted in as soon as he is on the ballot. He was a great player as well as a great guy and also swung an iron pipe in the on deck circle. If you don’t vote him in, maybe he will come and hit you with it!
Mike “Moose” Mussina was one of the greatest Yankee pitcher’s of all time. He went 17 straight seasons winning 11 or more games which is an AL Record to this day. Mussina posted strong number’s his whole career though never earning a Cy Young award. He won the gold glove award 7 times and was an All star 5 times. You tell me he isn’t good?
Ted’s Take: It is amazing to look through his whole career and see that he didn’t win the Cy Young at all throughout it. The pitching was very good when he was around leading to the fact that he wasn’t really recognized for all of his great performances. He won 18 games in 2002 which was only good enough for 8th in the league. He has been influential to many around the world and might have a shot at the HOF. He will go down in my book as one of the greatest pitcher’s who ever suited up.
Justin Verlander is the number one pitcher in the Tiger’s rotation. He is the guy to look to when your down, and is the guy to point your finger’s at when struggling. He completed the sixth no-hitter in Tiger’s history in 2007 and is still shutting down opposing offenses. He is compared to Mark Fidrych who was nicknamed “the bird.”
Ted’s Take: Verlander has the best stamina around today in the majors. He can hit 99 on the gun in the seventh inning and still has enough heat to blow it by you. He has a sickening curve ball with a silly change that makes hitter’s shed a tear at the sight of it. Verlander bounced back from a shaky 08 season and is really shining this year for the Tiger’s. He is leading the team with 16 wins and has a great ERA at 3.29. He is carrying the whole Tiger’s team to a playoff run and to AL Central victory.
35 Reasons to like the Indians
35.) Best fan-base in baseball
34.) Got Grady? We do!
33.) Its all about Choo!
32.) Dollar Dog Nights
31.) Shakiest team in baseball
30.) Heritage Park
28.) We have Carlos Santana in our farm system
27.) We have a pink mascot named Slider
26.) Mark McGwire hit a homer off of our jumbotron
25.) John Adams and his bass drum
24.) playoff fever like no other
23.) You can see Kelly Shoppach snap his bat over his leg
22.) We trade all of our starter’s
21.) We like to rebuild
20.) Have one of the best stadiums in baseball
19.) We have Indian Fever
18.) We have Wahoo Brothers
17.) Have Kid’s Fun Day at the stadium
16.) Low selling tickets
15.) Usually follow a bad season up with a good one
14.) Our GM is so nice: he gave my uncle box tickets!
13.) Paul Byrd gave me a ball
12.) We sing ‘Hang on Sloopy’
11.) Have an annual Rock and Blast Fireworks presentation
10.) Celebrate Father’s and Mother’s Day in style at Progressive Field
9.) Have the first Jamaican born pitcher: Justin Masterson
8.) Justin Masterson is “masterful”
7.) Have one of the youngest teams in baseball
6.) It’s Tribe Time Now! Why not join in?
5.) Omar Vizquel played here
4.) Had a dynasty in the late 90’s early 2000’s
3.) Have one of the coolest nicknames “Pronk” AKA Project Donkey
2.) Have the coolest manager: Eric Wedge
1.) Have a talk show: All Bets Are Off with Bruce Drennan
I thank the ‘sphere and also everyone who contributed to the cause of me being the #35 blog on the top 100 MLBlogs. I can’t wait for next month. Be ready for some more of Ted and some more Indian Fever! Thanks for letting me come on down and share my thoughts and feelings about the Tribe!!
John Adams started the tradition at Cleveland Stadium in 1973 in a game against the Texas Rangers. He sits in the highest seat in the left field bleachers possible: and is a season ticket holder. Adams was so influential he got his own bobble head day. Him and his bass drum are at every game; and are always there for the Tribe when they need him. He is a true fan: and I respect his loyalty.
You can always here him banging his drum and keeping the Indians hopes alive when there is a runner in scoring position: or when the Indians need to get out of an inning. He is almost like an energizer bunny – very lively and hyper is John. The Indians hearts almost beat on the sound of his drum: as they count on him to bring them alive.
It is almost crazy the way he pumps up the crowd; and the atmosphere he creates is stereotypical. His booming drum – splashes into the ears of everyone in the stadium: and there isn’t any other thing you want to do except clap with it. It gets you so involved in the game – you can feel as if you almost are in it. Without him – we wouldn’t be who we are, the Cleveland Indians.
Fresh off of a three game sweep of the Tigers: the Indians battled, and fought their way back into the game: and almost pulled out a win – but once again came up close. It seems like their forte now that they have this young, bearing team. It’s almost as if they come so close: but don’t reach it. It’s almost like ripping the hair off of your back right now – as the Indians are way off of the road ahead.
The starting pitching hasn’t held and the bullpen has faltered. It’s tough when you face a team like the Tigers – who can score at any time of the game unwillingly. Jim Leyland has really mastered the art of the game and has taught it and spread it to every Tigers player in the locker room. It is unreal how well those guys play: And it is also amazing how they aren’t 20 or so games over.
The speed finally kicked in like an energy shot today: as Brantley finally stole his first base in the majors. I am sure he got to keep the bag like Rickey Henderson did when he stole his record setting base! Nah haha. But Brantley also was caught stealing today – a sight to be seen. It was a win and a loss for the Indians in this case. They lost the game: but they did come back.
It’s almost like a movie; but with a twist. You get so behind – and come back and almost have it — but then you lose it for good. It sucks – and it leaves a sour taste in my mouth. We missed John Adams today: as I am sure he would have helped us through the hard times. He would have lifted us into the heavens, helping the starting pitching, the offense, the team itself.
John is our good luck charm: his presence brings a comfort of angelic belonging. His drum brings out the best of the Indians over the years – and the biggest failures of all time. He brings out the emotions in the fans to the boiling point which disturbs the inner mind to the point where it explodes. He eases the tension from which the body nestles quietly into the seat: ready to be happy again, and reduce all bad thoughts about losing.
The intruiging thought of letting the drum hit the mind with a hypnotic spell sending thee into the world of baseball, able to go back to when the Indians were good. The memory’s of sweet smelling face paint: smeared on the faces of die hards who were at every game. The memory of how great the game really was before the steroids and all of the cheaters that we deal with now in the game. The relative smack to the face that this year isn’t our year – wait your turn!
He convinces you to love and hate the Indians all at once: with a twist of strong belief in a winning season and a playoff run at whole. The thought sends chills down the spine: and really tricks you into thinking this is ‘our’ year. He is a mastermind: with a drum and always has a strong influence on the fan-base. He is the normal dude who started out as one regular attending the games. John believed, that one day the Indians were going to have it good: and he was right.
The intriguing thought of him becoming our little ‘drummer boy’ and no one else had him was one of the first sweet-tasting victory smell ever to be set down on a table. The fan-base loved the idea and swallowed the thought of having a drummer for ever game. It was almost like he was the bait: so that we could throw out the line and real the fish in.
John is a wonder boy – all suited up for duty, making the thought of being an Indians fan haggle at every other fan who wasn’t us. No one knows who he is: yet he has a strong bond with so many sub-ordinate fans and the team itself. He is the reason we scream at the television, and have the un-fan-like attitude to turn on ‘Deal or No Deal’ instead of the game. He is the reason we love the Tribe and every mo-hawk wearing, face paint loving, Tribe talkin’ wahoo brother in the house.
He gives Grady Sizemore the chills, and sends Grady’s Ladies into a tailspin of forgotten memories of the guy who was their life. John put the ‘I’ in Indians: as he is always manipulating the crowd into cheering and dancing when they are behind by 4 runs. He is the light of the game, who just beats his drum with no intentions what-so-ever. But the effect,… is huge.
He is the one who starts the rallies, the one who makes Pronkville jump to their feet. He is the one who makes Shapiro believe and get lost in the hypnotic beating sound. John is the puppet master and we are all the guys who follow his every command. The beat, is up beat yo. And he keeps it fresh and the same every game. So the next time you wanna go to the Indians game: get lost in the drum – and get lost in the game. You go John!
‘I tell it straight and to the point.’
The Indians lost. That is what it says on every newspaper Cleveland owns. But, what they didn’t put was how great the Indians played from inning six on. “Despite the “Chooooo”
chants, and Asdrubal Cabrera’s big night, they still couldn’t do it. With the bases loaded multiple times, they couldn’t do it. But they got the bases loaded didn’t they? They almost beat the Angels. The hottest team besides the Yankees in the major leagues. They hung around, couldn’t get knocked off. What a game to be in attendance for…
Ted’s Take: It was unreal. During the big run outburst in the 3rd inning for the Indians, my uncle went to one of the Indians team shops. There he heard the same repeated words, “Can I get this Uncle Marky?” He was shocked to see that Mark Shapiro was there with his nephew. As Shapiro went to check out, my uncle got to have a talk with him about the Indians, and have a nice little **** chat with one of baseball’s best GM’s. His total bill was huge, somewhere in the 100’s. The cashier told him that he had qualified for four box seats since he paid so much for the Indians merchandise, “Wahoo Bucks.” He said, “I am the GM, I can’t take those.” So the lady gave them to my Uncle Mark.
He later caught up to Shapiro and said, “Thanks.” Shapiro told him, “Don’t worry about it, your welcome.” What a nice guy, and great GM. Mark Shapiro, you can do it all. We want you to stay in Cleveland!
Ted’s Take: I was on tv, twice. And on the Jumbotron, twice. It was so cool! Before the game, before I got into the stadium, a guy with a camera came up to me and told me he would like to catch me on video to show on STO, (Sports Time Ohio, Indians tv channel) and I accepted. Duh!… I kept pointing at my Indians hat, and my red shirt with the old Indians logo, as I put my finger up and shouted, “We are number one!” More like ‘We are number four.’ The other time I was on tv was when a guy came over to our seating section and got us on in the middle of the fourth inning. I got his attention, and the nice man politely filmed me and my family, as we ever joyfully cheered for the Tribe!
Now the Jumbotron. I was on the Jumbotron for a Smile Cam. Another cool guy came over and I waved his way, so he told me he would get me on Smile Cam. I smiled my wonderful smile as I saw myself on the scoreboard, so I waved. You always have to do that! The other time, Slider gave away a pizza in our section, so it was our lucky day. Too bad, he didn’t give it to me. But I was on the Jumbotron again!
Ted’s Take: I had a nice conversation with a Yankees fan, sorry New York but why was he at an Indians-Angels game? Guess he was with some friends? Huh?… Well anyways, he was talking smack, just as a foul ball came our way.
The Yankee fan reached out to get it, but bobbled it while an Indians fan, in our row, caught it. Haha, that’s what you get you Yankees fan! Maybe you should where an Indians shirt next time and then Chief Wahoo will give you some respect! It was one of the funniest moments ever to go on there.
Ted’s Take: The game was very good. Fausto Carmona came out of the gates slow, by giving up five Angels runs in the first three innings. One of them, was via Andy Marte, the bozo who can’t field or hit. Talk about disaster! He tried to play the ball on the short hop, but couldn’t field it. I would’ve been able to get that easily. Well, that’s what happens when you give a guy with that lack of talent, that many chances… Fausto finished the fourth and fifth innings unharmed though. He was controlling the ball better in my eyes.
The Indians offense finally picked up in the second and third inning, when they got one and two runs. Asdrubal Cabrera, and his new best friend his twelve game hitting streak, had four hits last night with one RBI. That doesn’t hurt the old batting average eh? He is now up to .316 and is looking to jump into the top ten in the AL for BA. Grady Sizemore had a game as well, with two hits, two runs, and two walks he was the leader as he was on base every time but one. And oh Jhonny boy had a good night as well, with two hits and two RBI’s he was the guy who came up clutch with runners on.
Wow. The relief pitching was amazing last night. Jensen Lewis went two solid innings, while he gave up two baserunners, a walk and a hit. And he struck out three. Rafael Perez, who was a long time native of the Rafae brothers, (Kind of like the Mario Brothers, in 07 Rafael Perez and Rafael Betancourt were both dominant relievers. They caught on and Cleveland found their new baby’s.) Pitched great, as he went one inning where he got a K, a pop out and a weak ground ball. Then Jess Todd, don’t let his name full you, he has the McNasty stuff. He went two innings giving up two hits, and one walk while striking out two. He was shaky in the ninth, but got it done.
Inside the Loss: The Indians had four runs, the Angels with five. The Indians had twelve hits, the Angels with thirteen. Trevor Bell went 5.1 innings allowing three earned runs, Fausto Carmona, 5 innings with three earned, five scored. The Indians with one error, the Angels with an egg. The Angels with one through nine in the order batting .300+, the Indians,… uhmmm, not even close.
Ted’s Take: You can see why the Indians lost. They played a great team. The Los Angeles Angels are a world series contender. They have the bats, definetely, but they also have the glove and the pitching. Last night, Chone Figging made like three beautiful plays where he went to his right, and backhanded a ball which he made the perfect throw to first base to get an Indian out. He is a player, offensively and defensively. As they say, “defense wins championships!”
Just cause we lost doesn’t mean we are on a losing streak.
I also would like to shout out to fellow Indians blogger, (Passion And Pride Collide.) We are teaming up and trying to get as many comments as we can. And we also wanna get as many Tribe fans as possible so if you recommend us, we will thank you greatly!
-Tribe Talk With Ted
Traditions have been going on and on for the Cleveland Indians, every new stadium comes new traditions, but the old ones never stay behind. I like to look at how these traditions began, and how they have grown since they were first used.
Progressive Field really has some great traditions, as they really focus on the Indians past. I will be visiting some of these traditions tomorrow as I am going to a Cleveland Indians game against the Angels. The Tribe has only lost once while I have been in attendance so don’t worry about losing. Just don’t jinx me okay!
Opening Day 2007 celebrated the opening of Heritage Park at Progressive Field, the exciting new home of the Indians Hall of Fame and other exhibits honoring the franchise’s rich history.
Located in the centerfield area of Progressive Field, Heritage Park will be available to fans before, during and after games, as well as available for special events throughout the season.
Ted’s Take: Heritage Park is a great way to honor the great Indians of the past such as Larry Doby, Bob Feller, Bob Lemon, and others. It gives you the background on how the organization started, and how far the Indians have come from zero, to hero. It is one of my favorite things about Progressive Field.
Travis Hafner‘s catchy nickname was spawned into a new creation: “Pronkville,” a mezzanine section in right field of Jacobs Field where Cleveland’s designated hitter has launched some of his longest home runs.
“It’s cool,” Hafner said. “I was pretty happy about the T-shirts they made up. They fit into my wardrobe nicely.”
Ted’s Take: Travis Hafner also said that Pronkville was probably bigger and had more residents then his hometown, Sykeston, N.D., where he grew up in. The place has 154 residents.
Pronkville features almost all of Travis Hafner’s home runs, and also an eatery right behind it. It is truly a two for one deal. You get to eat for low prices, and watch Pronk deliver a long ball to you almost all the time! Talk about tradition.
Ted’s Take: Grady’s Ladies, oh what ladies… They started up just about when Grady Sizemore entered his prime, a sisterhood that always brought signs that showed who they were, “The Grady’s Ladies,” would come to almost every home game and root on the Tribe and their favorite player, Grady Sizemore. Most of Grady’s Ladies got to meet Grady himself because they were so popular and a for sure #1 fan of Grady.
Soon after Grady’s Ladies had started, the guys couldn’t let the girls top them. So,… a sign or two got created and bang! Grady’s Guys were created for a game or two. Just kind of mimicing the Ladies they would follow Grady around everywhere and cheer for him. What great traditions Cleveland.
Yes, Grady’s Guys rock!
-Tribe Talk With Ted
The Cleveland Indians, a team that everyone loved in the late 90’s, early 2000’s, would win AL Central title, after AL Central title. And to tell you the truth, that team was still rebuilding. They have always been “rebuilding” but is that the case? How about the 07 team? The one that featured C.C. Sabathia, Fausto Carmona, Grady Sizemore, Pronk? The bug game? Yes, actually that team had been rebuilding for about 5 years, and finally blossomed as all Indians teams’ do, at one point. The fact of the matter is, they always rebuild, but is that so bad?
In 2002 GM Mark Shapiro traded Bartolo Colon, a centerpiece in Cleveland, who was guarunteed to get them a playoff spot, for three prospects. They are,… Grady Sizemore, (current CF for the Indians, amazing talent,) Cliff Lee, (Cy Young award winner in 2008, outstanding pitcher,) and Brandon Phillips, (Reds 2B, great power and team leader.) If you look back, the Indians didn’t lose anything by the Bartolo Colon trade, they gained something, and something huge. With out Grady Sizemore, the Cleveland franchise is still is shambles. Last year, the Tribe isn’t 81-81 without Cliff Lee going 22-3. Is that the answer for the Indians bouncing back? You tell me…
In 2008, the Cleveland Indians traded C.C. Sabathia to the Milwaukee Brewers for Matt Laporta, lefthander Zach Jackson, righthander Rob Bryson, and Michael Brantley. Many were shocked by the move, some say it was a stupid one. Why? Why is this stupid? The Indians weren’t in the title contention. It wasn’t like they were going to the playoffs? So why not take one of the best prospects in the game from the Brewers, and rebuild? It was a great trade in my opinion. Matt Laporta, has 15 HR, 58 RBI, and 58 runs in 88 games with the Clippers. Those are good numbers! He looks like he can be a star in the future. Why not jump on his bandwagon?
Zach Jackson has been up and down this year between the Majors and Minors, he is (4-8, 6.02) for Columbus and (0-0, 9.35) at the Major league level. But that’s okay, the guy can still pitch pretty well. Another pitcher the Indians acquired, Rob Bryson, the Indians 31st ranked prospect, possibly a closer, the Indians say that this kid has a top shelf fastball and a nasty slider. He mixes them very well, and is sort of like a young Mariano Rivera. His potential is huge, http://indiansprospectinsider.com/ says. He is supposed to be a big time back end of the bullpen pitcher, so watch for him! Michael Brantley, possibly a next Kenny Lofton, kid you not, and is the future starting left fielder in 2010 possibly, so says http://www.cbssports.com/mlb/players/playerpage/1103277
Brantley can hit, and can run. Kenny Lofton could hit, and run. I tell you, if you underestimate this kid, then you should just go and be a Reds fan because you don’t know baseball. Brantley is hitting .260, 75 R, 39 SB, in 107 games for the Columbus Clippers. Possibly another Kenny Lofton, or another Carl Crawford? Who knows, but I do know this, the Indians made out with this deal. The Brewers didn’t resign Sabathia, and they paid…
Victor Martinez has been traded to the Red Sox for Justin Masterson, Brian Price and Nick Hagadone. The Indians again made out as Victor clogged up the Red Sox lineup, and has given problems to everyday starters such as Jason Varitek, Youk, Mike Lowell, and David Ortiz. The Indians on the other hand, recieved a stud pitcher in Masterson, as well as two top tier minor league pitching prospects, Price and Hagadone. So far, Masterson is (3-3, 4.22) with the Red Sox/Indians, as he has made one start and one relief appearance for the Tribe. He will be starting today as he is looking for some strikeouts. He is rumored to stay in the bullpen, but he is two good a starter for the Indians to do that.
Bryan Price has been pretty mediocre in A ball as he has been giving up the long ball. Nothing says he can’t turn around though. The finesse pitcher throws his fastball mainly in the low 90’s and needs to gain control or else he can watch it sail into the seats every time. Hagadone is a stud pitcher, as said by a college coach in the nearby area. His fastball tops at 98, as he throws a ton of strikes and gets ahead in counts. The big lefty also has a hard bite to his slider and a decent changeup which he is improving. The Tribe made out again. 3-3. Good job Mark Shapiro!
-Tribe Talk With Ted