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9.23.2014

Tribe Chasing Playoffs and the Makeup of a Championship Contender

Nino Colla | Tuesday, September 23, 2014 | | | | Best Blogger Tips

This will be incredibly disorganized and lacking of my usual clever segues...but what can I say? I'm a little unpracticed in the form of organized blogging.
Photo - Chuck Crow via Cleveland Plain Dealer

I figured when I keep getting the point that I need send out five to six tweets at a time, I'd probably use the space I have created for such matters. It is that point as the Indians sit on the cusp of keeping their season alive, or letting it falter away with just one game.

Last night hurt. It wasn't the end-all-be-all, thanks in part to the completion of that rain-suspended game that they had yet to win (and did their best to at least make us think otherwise on the virtual plus one in the Wild Card standings), but it sure did hurt to lose and end up right back where they started when Monday dawned.

So here's the scoop...

7.10.2014

Watch the Kluber Final Vote Madness in Action

Nino Colla | Thursday, July 10, 2014 | | | Best Blogger Tips

The little spectacle late Thursday morning and afternoon was quite something to be a part of. Major League Baseball completely took over Twitter with their Final Vote campaign. Strangely enough though, it wasn't even enough to completely derail the LeBron madness.

However, social media and the internet as a whole has completely changed the way we watch and follow sports, as evidenced by what is happening with this whole LeBron thing. And that alone is evident in the 10 seconds of video I'm about to show you.

I enjoyed wasting some time by partaking in the #VoteKluber campaign. But how ridiculous is the MLB to make tweets count as votes? It didn't really help Kluber at the end of the day, as he finished pretty much where he started with the actual voting on MLB.com despite finishing with the second most hashtag tweet votes.

To keep me entertainined, in addition to reading some of the ways some of you and others were getting the word out about Kluber, I opened up myself a column on Tweet Deck so I could watch the #VoteKluber madness unfold.

Towards the end of the vote, I was interested to see just how well he was keeping up with everyone else and well, these 10 seconds show you exactly that.


Incredible...just incredible. Clearly, Kluber and Richards had the most activity. There was one point where Richards was going way faster than Kluber. Needless to say, poor Dallas Keuchel didn't stand much of a chance, did he?

Great effort from the fanbase today on trying to get our guy in the game. Unfortunately it fell just short, but I have a feeling he'll still end up in the game in a few days. 

7.07.2014

Unimpressed Kluber: An All-Star Roster Without the Klube?

Nino Colla | Monday, July 07, 2014 | | | | Best Blogger Tips

Yesterday the MLB All-Star rosters were announced and, unsurprisingly, Corey Kluber was not among the selections of either the players or manager John Farrell. Why unsurprisingly? Because, Kluber has no name recognition and his numbers, while better than some of the pitchers that got picked, he simply will not garner the selection over others who most know. If he was having a slightly better year (not that his year isn't All-Star worthy), with more wins, he'd have been a lock.

Instead, he has to try and get in via final fan vote or hope one or many of the pitchers ahead of him will either drop out, or become ineligible by pitching on Sunday, and there's a 99.9% chance that happens. So if you really want to see The Klube in the All-Star game, chances are, you will.

That being said, Kluber does have something to stay in regards to a roster without him on it, of course.


Maybe in a few days, that tune will change.

7.03.2014

The Big Masty Problem: What's the Real Issue with Tribe "Ace"?

Nino Colla | Thursday, July 03, 2014 | Best Blogger Tips

Photo - Getty Images via Yahoo! Sports
Alright so Justin Masterson. A key piece to what this club has put together over the years. Masterson had a masterful 2013 and when the Indians were piecing together contract extensions to core players this offseason, there was talk of Masterson getting one. But he didn't and at this juncture, doesn't appear as if he will.

The Indians were ultimately reluctant to sign off on the deal due to concerns of too many years. Many of us on the Internet, myself including at times, thought something needed to get done with him. That he was a key piece to this club moving forward and with the lack of top-flight starting pitcher on this club, signing Masterson up for the next three seasons was necessary.

I sort of waffled on that notion though, because like the Indians, I wasn't sure if that extra year would make it worth it. Waffling aside, I more times than not wanted Masty signed, to something.

Now we are seeing why the Indians were so reluctant in 2014. Maybe it is odd-year syndrome, but for yet another skipped year, Masterson is dealing with some issues after having a great season the year before.

6.26.2014

Chief Concerns: Wahoo's Time May Be Winding Down

Nino Colla | Thursday, June 26, 2014 | | | Best Blogger Tips

It seems pretty silly to have last posted some weird Unimpressed Kluber memes and now follow things up with a serious post about the latest with the Chief Wahoo business, but that's kind of where I am at right now.

In case you have yet to catch it, the Native American's (or at least a group representing them, better yet, a guy representing a group called "People Not Mascots") are suing in the Indians. Well, the Cleveland Indians. Not themselves. That would be counter-productive.

For Nine...Billion...Dollars.

You read that. Yes that's a nine as the highest single digit number and yes that's a B for billion, not million, billion. The lawsuit, or at least all I can glean from the CBS story, is against the Indians for their offensive logo, Chief Wahoo. It doesn't appear as if it is against the Indians in name or anything like that, but it very well could be. It certainly isn't a federal trademark denial like the Washington Redskins are going through.

But this seems really significant in the grand scheme of offensive sports names, logos, and mascots.

I might be skipping dangerously close to politics here. If you think this is a political debate. It isn't. I don't follow politics, nor do I care to engage in discussion about them. In fact, that is primarily my reasoning behind my stance. Baseball isn't politics. So let's get the politics out of baseball. Let's just worry about the on-the-field stuff. Your baseball team is your baseball team. What they wear on their hat should be secondary to everything else in regards to where they play and how they play.

6.04.2014

Unimpressed Kluber: Johnny Football

Nino Colla | Wednesday, June 04, 2014 | | Best Blogger Tips

You're probably thinking, man, what is this guy going to do? Just post Unimpressed Kluber images all the time?

Yeah, maybe I will. Sitting here during rain delay theatre, I'm not sure there is much more to do than sit here and think of Corey Kluber memes.

So, here I am. Making Corey Kluber memes.

I promise some real content soon. Even though this is pure gold.

Kluber isn't impressed though. How could he be?


Other great fun facts about Johnny Football after the jump.

5.28.2014

Unimpressed Kluber: Game of Thrones?

Nino Colla | Wednesday, May 28, 2014 | | Best Blogger Tips

Last year, we did a little thing around here called Positive Swish. The enthusiasm of Swisher was displayed in image form, with an inspiring message of positivity relayed from him, to me, to you.

This is all well and good, and Positive Swish will be making his return at some point. Perhaps when he starts hitting.

But we have a new character to embrace around these parts. And really, none of it needs any sort of explaination. In fact, from every post with it from here on out. There will be no explaination. The best jokes go unexplained, right?

Without further hesitation, or else I'll get some disapproval thrown my way. Literally.... I give you, Unimpressed Kluber.