MU: Shapiro Questioned by Ticket Holders; 15 for Lee is Special
Q: "How about the potential players to be named later in the CC Sabathia trade. Who are they?"That was one of the questions Mark Shapiro was faced with when he had to answer the questions of more than 100 season ticket holders yesterday.
A: "Did Paul Hoynes send you? He asks me that every day," Shapiro quipped, referring to the Cleveland Plain Dealer's longtime Indians beat writer. (Indians.com)
Either way. I'm getting sick of seeing Wendi Nix's mug on TV.. So let's talk about David Dellucci.
"Growing up, I never thought I'd hit one home run, much less 100," he said. "It's a sign that you've played a lot of years in the big leagues, I guess." (Indians.com)
Great job David.. That sounds like an old player just talking cause hes old. That is the exact reason you reached 100 home runs.
Cliff Lee really had to work for his 15th win. It didn't come easy for the lefty as he really tipped his cap to the Rays' hitters.
"They're not in first place by accident," Lee said. "They put me to the test. They do a lot of things right offensively." (Plain Dealer)
Did you hear? Kelly Shoppach has made it to the Hall of Fame already!
"Hey Datzy," he said to bench coach Jeff Datz, walking nearby. "Did you hear? I'm in the Hall of Fame!" (Indians.com)
Cooperstown called Shoppach and asked for his bat from the historic 5-extra base hit night he had. He obliged and now he will stand in Cooperstown forever. That's one hell of an accomplishment, he should be proud.
You guys notice Jhonny Peralta sort of shielded his eyes last night on a pop up? Turns out the lights are really bright in Tropicana Field. This is the second of three domes the Indians will play in on this road trip. They are the only three domes left and we play in all of them. The hope is that the roof will be open in Toronto.
Eric Wedge and Carl Willis talked about Anthony Reyes and the timetable on getting him up to the big leagues.
"He's in our plans," said Wedge, when asked if Reyes would be called up soon. "I think we'll have him up here sooner rather than later. How that's for vague? It's vague, but a precise vague." (Plain Dealer)
"His fastball was consistently at 92-94 [mph]," pitching coach Carl Willis said. "The thing he's done in both outings is maintain his fastball velocity throughout. From what I'm hearing in Buffalo, he's a very competitive kid who competes well." (Indians.com)
Anthony Castrovince believes Reyes is higher on the pecking order than Aaron Laffey is, and Laffey got hit bad last night with a lot of hits and walks.
Victor Martinez ran the bases with no problems yesterday. He is on track to rehab soon. Vic was also the subject of the newest Indians Mailbag.