Tagged: Mark Shapiro

Too much time on their hands


shapiro.jpgLately, I have been wondering if the management has had too much time on their hands. The fact that they “cleaned house” really made me wonder “How much did they think about this?”

 

Mr. Shapiro is one of the MLB’s best GM’s, but could he be hiding something from us?

 

Maybe the man that we all look at and smirk at has something hidden from us? Could he have a hidden obsession?

 

He has had so much time on his hands over the past few weeks with the Indians under-performing, it has given him so much time to “think.” But what other ordeals of happiness could this man of been doing during this duration of time?

 

 

The world may never know, but eh just for fun I will take a crack at it.

 

Mr. Shapiro could have been:

 

1. Playing with his action figures

 

Just look at the man, his face shows a creepy aura, and his voice sounds of a man that young kids should stay away from.

 

2. Collecting baseball Cards

 

A man that has too much time on his hands, a crappy baseball team, and an angry city has to have a “get away” obsession. But, I don’t think he took such a route?

 

3. Watching “Major League” 1, 2, and 3

 

This seems pretty legit, seeing as how he wants to remember “the times where we were good.” He probably watched them over and over until he was sick of it. He seems as though he had a knot in his stomach, just look at the weird smirks on his face.

 

4. Jamming to “Pary in the USA”

 

Who doesn’t love Miley Cyrus? This could be “an escape” to all of the songs played at the Cleveland Indians songs. (Mark Shapiro take it away…) “Put your hands up, play a-my song, the butterflies fly away! Ooohhhh ay ee ay ee ay ee ay, its a party in the USA!”

 

5. Destroying Cleveland in the palm of his hand

 

This nasty little mastermind has been known to “rebuild” and quote “reload” more than how many times he should. Is this 6 foot man sabotagging Cleveland’s franchise at whole? Could he be crushing the life out of the fan base and the town itself?

 

If we ever do find out – Mr. Mark Shapiro in his own way will “still” be that creepy old guy that is the Cleveland Indians GM.

 

That will never change.

 

A man as clean as the bathroom sink at a Las Vegas hotel resort could all in one be as dirty as a New York sewer system. But what does this guy do if he has days and days of sitting around the office with time to himself?

 

The world,… and Ted will never know.

The “centerpiece”

 

 

Over the years, Cleveland has been the “centerpiece” for all prospects, and young guys looking for a place to “live the dream.” Well Cleveland is the right place to go Wayward sons, as we offer the best package in baseball. You grow upon our organization so strongly you can’t let go. We are the “centerpiece” in all baseball, to trade away, and move players at any instant. That’s us, your Cleveland Indians.

 

In the 1990’s, our success was based upon many young guys who hit the snot out of the ball. Most of these guys stumbled upon great teams and built up wonderful career’s that still go on today. We are the “centerpiece” as I said. We have the power. We can make or break the history of our program and the history of baseball, well maybe not that but you know what I mean right?

 

So why do we not sign the best player’s in the league and why do we trade our best players for the “rebuilding” process year after year? I don’t know. Possibly because we know these guys have blistering potential that could swirl up into one bad counter act destroying the team? Example: Manny Ramirez. Just Manny being Manny in his own world.

 

Or could it be that we don’t have enough money to pay their contracts? I don’t think this is the answer to go with because we have a pretty even, and fair budget. It’s not like we are the Pirates, but at the same time we aren’t as “loaded” as the Yankees are. They can go out and spend countless amounts of money on anyone they want whenever they want. We simply just can’t.

 

Over the years, we have groomed such players as Jim Thome, Richie Sexson, and Manny Ramirez, who are/were household names. Thome has joined the 500 HR club recently and Manny has continued his inglorious career with the Los Angeles Dodgers who are feeding him money at his feet.

 

 

 

Remember, we had them. We went there. That was us for a point in time. We were the “centerpiece” and held the destiny to our own franchise. Yet we stopped spending on them to “rebuild”? Or we didn’t offer them a “good enough” contract? Doesn’t cut it for me. We should have kept them until they chose to go, not because we wanted them to leave cuz we couldn’t pay their contract.

 

Just think how the future could have changed, maybe we could still have Jim Thome. We could have gone with offering another contract to him, instead of showing him the back of our grubby little hands. Instead of building the franchise around him and using the “centerpiece” to continue our destiny, we threw it away. We did it to ourselves Cleveland. We held our own destiny and threw it away. It sucks, I know, but it has to be dealt with.

 

That is why Victor Martinez didn’t wanna go from Cleveland, because we were so good to him. He loved us and we loved him back, but not like a man love or anything that’s just weird. Victor cried when he heard he was being “traded” because he didn’t wanna leave the beautiful city and its glorious fans. He wanted to stay here and continue onward into his outstanding career.

 

 

 

But we did it again. Traded away another good one. All for the sake that we were “rebuilding” and wanted fresh meat on the market. Raincheck, Victor is fresh meat, it seems as though we brought him up yesterday. Its not like he is “too old” for the rebuilding process, why keep him? The younger guys you are quote “building around” don’t have big salaries at all, so why not keep Victor?

 

Instead we get Justin Masterson who is a reliever “gone starter” and doesn’t have the stuff yet that we were looking for. And in trading Victor we didn’t get really anything “huge” for the rebuilding process. So what’s the matter with keeping him? And “if” your going to trade him, make sure you hold out for Buchholz. He is an actual pitcher who we could get something out of.

 

The front office scares me at the little knowledge that they possess. Its almost like if we don’t have a “winning” season, you can say “bye bye” to our top players. And as Aaron in Cleveland Baseball said, “Grady could be the next one to go?” I totally agree with this possessive front office occurring right now for the Tribe. Its scary to think of Grady in another uniform, yet not playing on our side.

 

Why are we always “rebuilding” and “reloading” as Shapiro calls it. What do we ever get out of it? We got the 2007 season and that is about it. Instead we throw away two seasons and wait for the third to “possibly” be a contending year. Not gonna cut it. For one Wedge is gonzo after this season, as he is horrible in the first half of the season, and second off, Shapiro will get the back of the hand too.

 

The “centerpiece” for all things in Cleveland has truly run out as of late. As we have supplied many teams with “power, and speed, and pitching” yet what have we gotten? One good year of “contending”? The Padres and The Friar Faithful are digging “Kouz” who the Indians mentored throughout the minors, and the Dodgers are digging Manny. Who are we digging? Who have we “gotten” from someone else that we have “loved”?

 

 

 

I can’t really answer that one right now, as it teeters in my mind. We are the “suppliers” and in return recieve the young blood. We are the “Wal Mart” of major league baseball, supplying all of “your needs” and nothing else. So maybe we aren’t a rotten team after all, maybe we are just many people persons, combined into a huge collaboration that we call the “Cleveland Indians”?

 

You can’t keep on telling us we are “reloading” for next season to just keep on failing and keep shutting out the fan base. That isn’t going to be selling many seats. You can’t keep on telling us that “we will contend in 2011 no matter what the circumstances are!” Because in truth, you don’t know one way or another which way we are going to fall. For all you know, we could lose 100 games.

 

The “centerpiece” has come and gone over the years, and yet have we to receive a player that we “had it our way” like Burger King, for once in our lives. For we are the manager’s at Burger King and every other team picks and chooses who they want, and we supply them with no argument whatsoever. Time for a change, time to be the “receivers not the “suppliers.” And its time we storm into Cleveland and rant and rave about our “front office.” Let’s go Cleveland the future is ours.

Shoulda held out

It came to an end yesterday. The long 10 game hit streaks by both Laporta and Marte finally came to an end as they both respectively went 0-4. Both of them deserve a round of applause, because they have done most of the hitting for the Indians over the past 10 games. They really built off of each other making one another better. And I really saw some talent in both of them. Time to start over, all good things come to an end.

 

It wasn’t like they were going to both go on 20 game hit streaks, I don’t see that being possible. But they both did go on 10 game hitting streaks, which really opened the eyes of many, and turned a few heads. Matt Laporta showed that he can hit the gaps while Andy Marte showed he can battle in at bats and come out the winner. They both really showed us something, they can play with the big boys.

 

Justin Masterson pitched 5.2 innings giving up 4 earned on 4 walks and 8 hits. He really didn’t give the Indians a chance to stay in the game. He once again, couldn’t find the strike zone, and got behind batters, leading to having to walk them, or give them a hitter’s pitch. You can’t live in the majors behind in the count, and that is what Justin does. I know he is a relief pitcher and all, but if he is going to make the transition he needs to know how to pound the strike zone. Should we have held out for Buchholz?

 


Justin yo.jpgYes. Buchholz is a major league pitcher, and really has three out pitches, fastball, curveball, change. He mixes well, and gets batter’s to chase his pitch. Most importantly, he doesn’t walk batters. His last start he went 8.1 innings giving up 1 earned run on 3 hits while striking out 9. That is what a good young pitcher does. Justin, not so much. Buchholz has the control down, Justin… not so much. Buchholz also gets ahead of hitters and Justin gets behind. That is the difference between these two young guys. You tell me, Buchholz or Masterson?

 

If Justin could hit his spots 3 out of 5 times, he would be fine. But he doesn’t do that, maybe one out of five would do the trick for him. Not exceptable, that leads to walks and hits, due to the fact he’s always behind in the count. Should we have held out for Buchholz? Heck yeah. He is young, knows how to pitch, and really has potential. He doesn’t need any polishing right now, and can just go out every time and pitch his game. Justin, not so much.

 

It’s not like we would of had to kill someone to get Buchholz. If we added in, oh Jhonny Peralta into that Victor Martinez trade, I think we could have gotten the job done to get Buchholz. But we got screwed, getting Masterson who goes out and works half the innings Buchholz did, giving up twice the amount of runs. We got ripped off, and that sometimes happens. But we are going to have to work with Justin and make him a heck of a lot better.

 

Maybe Justin Masterson wasn’t the guy we were going for in the trade though? Maybe there was another guy who we thought had the potential to become very good. Nick Hagadone throws a 98 mph fastball with a nasty slider, combined with a half decent changeup. Oh my gosh, another Randy Johnson? Could be. I am not saying he would be as dominant, I am just saying Nick has the potential to pitch exactly like Randy did. Hagadone throws hard, as well as Johnson and has a nasty slider. Maybe we didn’t get screwed?

 


yo Justin dog.jpgI remember Eddie Taubensee for Kenny Lofton, just another one of those, “nobody” trades. Turned out to be one of the biggest ones in Cleveland history when Kenny started consistantly hitting .300 and stealing 50 bases. Then there was Eddie Taubensee, a no name lack luster catcher who had no potential at the big league level what so ever that ended up hitting like a career .200. We got the big end of the deal. They didn’t and that’s baseball.

 

We should have held out because we needed another starter. Justin as I said is a relief pitcher and hasn’t really pitched as a starting pitcher while Clay has been a starter all of his life, and really knows how to pitch in different situations. The Red Sox just didn’t want to give up Buchholz because of his raw talent at starting pitching and knew he would be a phenomenal pitcher in the future. There’s nothing you can do about it.

 

But then again in the Cliff Lee trade, the Indians got Lou Marson, and Carlos Carrasco who were big household names in the Phillies organization. The Phillies fans think that Cliff Lee was the best thing since slice bread, and he has pitched like it but the guy is human, he loses too. And they found that out his last start. Cliff Lee isn’t going to pitch undefeated with a sub 1.00 ERA for the rest of the season. I think we got the better half.

 

Carlos Carrasco is making his major league debut tomorrow vs. the Tigers. Carrasco showed to be a strong pitcher in AAA going 11-10 combined between the Phillies and Indians this year while leading the International league in innings (157) and strikeouts (148). Carlos also has gone 5-1 with a 3.19 ERA since the trade. I totally agree with Carlos coming up, as he has been pitching great. He could really open eyes during call-ups and could secure a spot in next year’s rotation if he really surprises.

 


Wyatt T.jpgLou Marson isn’t the kind of guy who will hit 15+ homers and 70+ RBI each year. But Lou will give you this, a .270 average with 50 RBI and a good 50 runs. He doesn’t strike out as much as Kelly Shoppach, and doesn’t swing the bat at all like Wyatt Toregas, so I think Marson has the job. Kelly Shoppach strikes out so much I am sick of it. He almost has more strike outs than hits this year. Toregas can’t hit to save his life. He hasn’t seen daylight yet in the majors. Marson is my guy at catcher, just to hold it down until Santana gets up here, and then look out!

 

You do know that the Indians and Rays are both 11.5 games out right? I mean, the records aren’t the same, but the number of games is. The only factore is the Rays are in the wild card race and the Indians are no where near the wild card. It’s just a matter of who’s in your division. The Yankees, the best team in baseball are leading the East, making the Red Sox and Rays battle the wild card out. Looks familiar right? That’s always how the AL East goes.

 

The Indians haven’t had a great division this year in the Central, with the Tigers being (69-60). If the Indians could have played well in the first half, who knows how things could’ve changed? Maybe they could be leading the Central? Maybe half their team would’ve stayed? I don’t know? But I wish that would have happened, because now, we are back to phase one, rebuilding. And it sucks!

 

We always rebuild, that is Mark Shapiro 101. “If you suck, rebuild” And this year we “suck.” So Mark got to work and made a few trades, bringing in new faces to the Indians organization. Now we will finally get to see Carrasco’s true colors, and if Shapiro made the right deals. And you know, if we don’t succeed next year, look for some new faces. I think we will falter next year in our pitching. It isn’t looking strong enough to me. I think Shapiro needs to go out, and get a veteran pitcher for the Tribe in the offseason, just to strengthen it. It wouldn’t hurt.

 


Roberts is pretty good.jpgI gotta say, being an Indians fan is the toughest job. You can’t expect to be good two years in a row with this shaky club, but the love of the fans and hope of the city always will’s a no good season into becoming  a strong finish. That’s Cleveland for you. We don’t leave a game just because we are getting beat 6-2 in the third inning, we don’t throw beer on the field cough cough… Cubs. We have one of the best fan bases in baseball, and we are proud to be Cleveland!

 

We aren’t Red Sox Nation, and we aren’t Yankee Nation, but we sure as heck have some loyal fans over here in Cleveland Nation! In the 07 ALDS, that is when I got my first real chance to see what real fans are. And that was Cleveland, the loudest park in the playoffs. We love our playoff baseball in Cleveland, and next year we will be gunning for a spot. Be on the lookout!

 

Tribe Talk With Ted

 

Let one slip away

I don’t really wanna talk about the game last night because all I can say is “wow”. The Indians had 12 hits and couldn’t score more than four runs. Pathetic. You usually see the nice side of Ted, but not this time. I am like a tiger on the prowl ready to pounce when the Indians lose like this. I mean, all I can say is “embarrasing”. That is all Eric Wedge’s deal now. Well, we just didn’t hit with runners in scoring position, simple enough…


shocked.jpgJust like earlier in the season where we beat the Yankees 22-3, we were all laughing while they were cursing their minds out over the loss. I mean a loss is a loss, but when you lose 13-4 something needs to be said, or done. They had 15 hits, a number that is nowhere near where is should have been. The Orioles had three players with three hits or more and had three players that had 3 RBI or more in the game. That just disgusts me… You can’t go out there and think that you are going to win every time, you have to have confidence.

On the good hand, we had three doubles, and Matt Laporta homered. And let me just say this. “Matt Laporta is going to be a star player in two years, count on it.” He is an extra base hitting machine, I know you have heard me say it before, but this time, its for real. Laporta can hit the gaps like no other, and is continuing to dent the pitcher’s ERA. They don’t know how to get him out right now, but for next year’s sake, don’t expect HUGE numbers, because the whole MLB will learn how to get him out, and will be watching his every move.

Kind of like Cal Ripken Jr. was. He is having a great rookie season, and now everyone is going to be on his case. Well, Fausto, Fausto, Fausto, you did us wrong again buddy. Those walks and hits always come in a big inning all together, and it always comes back to bite you. They dented you in the fourth big time, as you went 4.2 uhm…kinda strong giving up 6 earned runs on 9 hits, and 3 BB. It wasn’t a bad outing at all until they totally unloaded on you in the fourth. You weren’t pitching bad at all. And I congratulate you on throwing three innings of two run baseball where at least you kept us in the game.


congratulations_baby.gifI do admit though, maybe you coulda done a little better if the offense had your back, but they didn’t and you should have dealt with it. You didn’t though and that is baseball. It sucks to go out there and have to do things by yourself, but when your needed, you gotta come through buddy. Its not like they are going to give you seven runs everytime out just to save your sorry little butt. What happened to the 07 playoff guru Fausto Carmona who no one could hit off of, and was the ace of the Indians staff? Where did he go?

He must have moved far far away cuz that playoff Fausto and regular season for that matter… isn’t around anymore. I wanna keep thinking that he is, but the truth of the matter is, they have you figured out now, like most one year pitcher’s. Cliff Lee on the other hand, has them figured out. They got Cliff early on in the season, but he steadied out and figured out how to get back into his Cy Young form again. He is now 5-0 with a sub 1.00 earned run average, and is making us Clevelanders cry our eyes out. We should have kept him…

But on the other hand, we got Lou Marson and Carlos Carrasco, who are two great young guys that are coming up in September call-ups. I am not sure about you guys, but I really wanna see these guys in action. Carrasco went 7 strong innings in his last start and gave up 1 earned run. If though he didn’t surprise already, he added onto the hype of him being a big league pitcher. Marson has been hot since he came to Cleveland, and is ready to take over the starting catching role.

Shoppach isn’t the answer for me at catcher, nor is Toregas. Shoppach strikes out more times than he gets hits. He is a good 20 HR guy, but also could be the league leader in strike outs. I would want a catcher that would hit 5 HR and drive guys in all of the time when needed to. That is Marson,… well now at the minor league level however. And Toregas, not a fan. I don’t like how he hits, he has a slow bat, and can’t catch up to the fastball. Well what pitch is he going to hit? The curve? Guess so. Not a big league guy just yet.

And to just make me smile some more, we have Carlos Santana at AA Akron. What a player is Carlos, hitting .285 with 21 HR and 89 RBI. And as I have said commenting on other blogs, “do the Aeros tell their pitcher’s to duck when Santana throws to second, because one of these days, someone is going to get killed.” And that is very true, because Santana has a machine gun of an arm. If you thought Wieters had a good arm, wait til you see this kid, you will be blown away. I know I was. He can flat out play!


holy-crap.jpgI am telling you, Brantley is the answer in the outfield. Brown could DH or share time in LF but Brantley is the long term answer in my opinion. He has 43 stolen bases and has been caught stealing only 5 times. That means he has about an 8 to 1 ratio of stealing a bag. I am really locked in on this kid, because he has so much speed, and speed thrills! If both he and Jordan Brown are brought up, I would put Brown in LF since he is a true left fielder, and I would put Brantley at DH, and leadoff. I would move Grady to the third spot, and Choo to the cleanup spot, leaving the fifth spot in the order to Peralta. Just my opinion.

Rondon wasn’t so successful in his last start, which is leaving me questioning, “is he really the answer for now?” He could be, and could not be. I just need to see him at the major league level and then decide. Pitcher’s can live off of the outside corner and can get away with throwing the ball up in the minors, but not so much in the majors. There is always the “could” factor involved, and I wanna see if he “can” succeed.

Orioles, 13-4

Inside the Loss

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”
choohrcc2.jpgchants, 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!


sto_logo.gifNow 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.
dude.jpg 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.

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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.


Jhonny_Peralta.jpgWow. 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.

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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.


los-angeles-angels-of-anaheim.jpgTed’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!”

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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!


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-Tribe Talk With Ted