Relive the Glory Days: Reviewing Glory Days in Tribe Town

Nino Colla | Monday, January 19, 2015 | | | | | Best Blogger Tips

It's 2015...

I don't say that to remind you, although I successfully wrote out checks for the first time this year without putting 2014 on them, so that's a win for me, as I'm sure it would be for most.

I state the obvious because, well, if you know what I'm all about here and in regards to how I follow the Cleveland Indians, I live in the present. I love Omar Vizquel as much as the next die-hard Tribe fan. Mike Hargrove will always have a special place in Cleveland. It was fun to cheer for Manny before he was known simply as Manny.

But I like this team. This 2015 team. I like them more than the 2014 team, which I liked more than the 2013 team, which was notched just above the 2012 team. The point is, my favorite Indians team is the current one.

I don't live in the Glory Days. But, I'm willing to indulge in some historic perspective in reviewing Glory Days in Tribe Town by Terry Pluto and Tom Hamilton. I flew through Dealing back in high school, Pluto's look through the Indians front office as they rebuilt the team he and Hamilton reminisce about in Glory Days. I'll preface this by saying that this is as much of a review of the book as it is a jab at the Glory Days contingent of fans. There's Glory Days the book (don't worry, it's good) and Glory Days the mentality.


Cy Kluber or Sigh..Kluber?

Nino Colla | Wednesday, November 12, 2014 | | | | | Best Blogger Tips

There's a whole lot of buzz in Cleveland lately. And today in particular, that buzz is surrounding the one sport that is dormant right now. Sure, the Browns are in first place, the Cavaliers are a hot ticket in town, even the other football team that this area cheers for picked up a huge Big Ten win.

But today is about one individual and one individual alone.

Back in 2008, it almost a given what was going to happen. The Cleveland Indians were going to nail down their second American League Cy Young award winner in a row. Cliff Lee had an incredible season and unless all the writers decided to ignore the facts and give the award to Roy Halladay based on career consistency and name recognition, the Arkansas native was going to take home the trophy.

And he did, almost without a doubt, at least in Indians' fans minds.


BBA Award Voting: Cleveland Chapter

Nino Colla | Saturday, October 11, 2014 | | Best Blogger Tips

Every year, the Baseball Writers get together to pick out the best of the best in Major League Baseball. Usually, they like to get a thing or two wrong. The Baseball Bloggers Alliance likes to get together to do the same thing. We may not be flawless either, but at least we have some fun with it. With a few blogs in on the fun, (make sure you check them out: Did The Tribe Win Last Night? and Wahoo's On First), Cleveland's Chapter gets a vote. Here is the collective vote of 14 writers from those sites and myself.


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...


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. 


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.


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.