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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.


1214806756_37b724f8c4_o.jpgYou can still hear the horrific rumble of the crash into the Twin Towers on September 11, 2001. The screams in terror and the sight of many stranded, helpless human beings. The fire sirens bursting off only to make thyself more uncomfortable watching the scene. This was 9/11 and here was its story.



“Patriotism – showing love for ones country.”



On September 11, 2001, 500 police officers and firefighters alone, didn’t care about their lives, or welfare. They barged into the erupting ashes and flames of the Twin Towers to save the dying, but risked and had their lives taken away from them. 500 families had to deal with the losses that took the greatest toll a being could grasp. They had the Patriotism that shows throughout the country.



They were the real heroes. Losing their lives, to save others, is what god wanted them to do. They didn’t shy away from the thought, didn’t even budge. Just proudly and heroicly gave their lives away for the well-being of others. And at 9:11 A.M. today 9/11, I said a prayer in my head. Not a long one, just one to let god know how proud I was of those people, and all that they did for us.



I was 5 at the time and didn’t know much about the situation, let alone my parents didn’t even tell me. As soon as I was old enough, I figured out how tragic the “event” was and how it took one of the biggest chunks of US history to itself. So I silently thought about the welfare and beings of the families who were at loss, and wished them the best of times, for they were the ones in need.





But there were other heroes who went down un-noticed. The plane that went down in Shanksville, Pennsylvania, was taken down by the passengers, who took over the plane and crashed it into a field in this rural town. They knew they were going to die, and so they were doing it Patriotically, and for their country. They showed us the braveness and strength combined in all of them as they took their lives for our well being. That is America, and we love them all!



9/11 brings out the best and worse in our world today. It was amazing how people let go of their lives to reach out to other’s and it was amazing of some of the survival stories. But some people didn’t make it out alive, and for that – its not cool. I learned during the attack – we aren’t always going to be safe. Stuff can really happen. And the Twin Towers on September 11, as real as it gets.



“We will never know, this side of heaven, where 9/11 fits in the larger story God is writing. But our literature and our history testify that it does.

Deep in the stream of Western literature runs a current J. R. R. Tolkien called “eucatastrophe”–literally, “good catastrophe.” Tolkien served as a lieutenant in WW I and saw action in the offensive of the Somme before succumbing to trench fever. In a famous essay written many years after the armistice, he described how our favorite stories often bring us to the “sudden joyous ‘turn'” that in the face of horrific events “denies … universal final defeat,” giving “a fleeting glimpse of Joy, Joy beyond the walls of the world, poignant as grief.”

Far from functioning as illegitimate escapes from reality, Tolkien argued, these tales of joy snatched from the jaws of tragedy point towards the central True Story of Christ’s passion and resurrection–“the greatest and most complete conceivable eucatastrophe.” All stories that hold out hope in the cataclysmic struggle between Good and Evil–from the first fairy tale to the Lord of the Rings to Star Wars and beyond–echo this greatest eucatastrophe.

For Tolkien, no evil event, however horrible, is outside the story of salvation-history. God bends them all to his purposes. In the creation account found in Silmarillion, Tolkien has the spirits sing Middle-earth into existence. The melody of Illuvatar (God) was “deep and wide and beautiful, but slow and blended with an immeasurable sorrow, from which its beauty chiefly came.” Melkor (Satan) interfered with a loud, brash tune, trying to “drown the other music by the violence of its voice.” But the “most triumphant notes” of Melkor’s discordant song were “taken up by the other and woven into its own solemn pattern.” Those things the devil intended for evil, God turned to good–from the very beginning.

All very well for literature. But what about history?

The eucatastrophic song echoes through church history.


american-flag-2a.jpgIt echoes from Joseph, who came out of enslavement and imprisonment to redeem his people, to Jonah, who emerged from the belly of the fish bearing a powerful word from God that saved a city, to Paul, whose imprisonment in Rome opened unparalleled opportunities to spread the gospel.

It echoes from the fall of Jerusalem, which sparked the spreading flame of the gospel throughout the Roman Empire, to the martyrdom of the early Christians, whose blood became the seed of the church, to the fall of Rome, after which the victorious barbarian tribes were in turn vanquished by the gospel, carrying its message across Europe.

And so on through the history of the church, down to the 20th and 21st centuries.

C. S. Lewis, who himself knew the horrors of the front lines, saw echoes of the True Story in World War II. He put them brilliantly into the mouth of the wily demon, Screwtape.

This European war … has certain tendencies inherent in it which are, in themselves, by no means in our favour. We may hope for a good deal of cruelty and unchastity. But, if we are not careful, we shall see thousands turning in this tribulation to the Enemy, while tens of thousands who do not go so far as that will nevertheless have their attention diverted from themselves to values and causes which they believe to be higher than the self.

And how disastrous for us is the continual remembrance of death which war enforces. One of our best weapons, contented worldliness, is rendered useless. In wartime not even a human can believe that he is going to live forever.”






Some of the mourner’s kept personal belongings from their loved ones, and actually remember them by looking over them each and every day. They know they are always with them. And that god is always with them. They always cry a few tears and remember the day where their who world was turned upside down.


The survivors saw the most terror that day, as they saw people who “jumped off of the building” to end their lives, and others who tried to “save themselves” but ended up taking their own. They know the real story. They are the ones who can still see the horrific sight over and over again, and I mourn for them.


But that shaped us into the USA who we are today. We are a strong guided nation hell-bent on keeping our population great. And to that, I shed a tear, not of sadness, but out of gratitude. For all that we have today. So tonight, say a prayer honoring the USA, you are one of the lucky ones. Tell your parents you love them!

If at first you don’t succeed, try try again!!

At the beginning of the year – the Indians were predicted to win the Central. With the key pickups of Pavano and Derosa, we couldn’t lose! We were on top of everyone’s leader board, until… We came back into reality and bombed the season!!





Shocking isn’t it? Shapiro traded away Victor, Cliff, and Derosa, which were three keys to the team. Leading to us rebuilding, once again and having Cleveland to do this…



Now speculations about Wedge being fired are filling the air, only to be surrounded in a mist of “will the Indians contend next year?” Well, two words for ya, “heck” to the “no!” They don’t have the starting pitching enough to do it.


The offense isn’t strong enough with all of the young hitter’s consuming the brains of the older veterans who once manned the lineup. Man I wish it were the 90’s!!

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We have somewhere from a 90 to 100 % success rate with rebuilding on our side, so what I say is “if at first you don’t succeed, try try again.” Exactly what the Indians need to do. My favorite part is – that Carlos Santana will be up here in 2010/2011!! No not the singer!!





Heads up! If you don’t duck he will take your head off! And I mean it.



The Indians need some more wahoo power to lighten up the spirits. Or you could go with some “Indian Fever.” Or maybe they should just watch Major League to get a little feeling what its like to win again eh?



Well that’s baseball for ya – and the rebuilding process itself. So sit back, and relax. Just shake your head til 2011!!




–Ted “TTW/T”