You know the spiral florescents? They hurt worse than a Borowski blown save.It's like you look at them for a bit and you don't even have to be staring directly at them. When you turn away you feel like you've just been staring into the sun.
Regular light bulbs do not do that. I would not be surprised if these spiral florescents cause eye damage.
Not the kinda of damage in Hafner's elbow either.
Need some Jhonny Peralta surgery to fix that.. Maybe.
Here we sit, the final two days of January, the most painful month for a baseball fan if you ask me. It's so close that you can smell it, but yet it's still so far away. There's nothing to do or talk about because you've already talked about everything.
If you haven't, it's because your team is late to the party and they are still trying to sign the scraps off the Free Agent pile.
In the Indians case, this year they got to the party early and took it with them when they left. In past years, they weren't even late to the party, but rather they didn't show up.
So for a Tribe fan, we've yet again gone through a dead period of January.
Well that dead period is over my friends.
February will come in a few days, hopefully bringing eternal sunshine and a sixth Super Bowl to the Pittsburgh Steelers.
I know that's probably not the line most of you want to read, but what fun would it be if ever Indians blogger out there could feel sorry about the Cleveland Browns and want to destroy themselves and the people who read it.
I'm here to let you know that there is hope.
And at the expense of starting to sound like a politician, I'd just like to say that the Steelers could really start the year out on the right foot.
As they say, one step after another, one step at a time.
Or even step by step, which isn't to be confused with the crappy sitcom staring the immortal Patrick Duffy.
Either way, you get the picture.
If things go right with the Steelers, you never know what kind of luck I may harness.
The Orlando Magic are pretty freaking awesome right now.
If things go well there.
Then things are going to be looking up for the Cleveland Indians...
So if your a Browns fan, that is one reason to cheer for the Steelers this weekend. I know it may sound gross and you may want to take several showers and baths filled with high-grade disinfectant, but if I'm wielding a sword of luck and good fortunate, you best get behind me.
I can safely say though, you don' t have to worry about Michigan doing a damn thing though. Even if they put together an Alabama like turnaround, the National Title game is in 2010, and by then, the Year of Me will have run out.
So before I further jinx myself, and hopes and dreams of millions (if there are that many) Cleveland Indian fans, Let's take a look at what's floating around the interweb.
It was rather jerkish of Anthony Castrovince to put up a story about Shin-Soo Choo the day before I talked about the Outfield in Spring Training.
That's what you call, scooping your competitors.
Not that I'm any threat to him.
Then again, this isn't really about any of what I talked about, but rather the awesomeness that was Choo's second half of 2008.
Castrovince does bring up the idea that Choo could fit in the three hole, especially with Hafner's production unknown.
Really? Three hole? With Victor Martinez around?
That would mean, you put Victor in the four hole, Jhonny and Hafner in the fifth and sixth hole, where each is, I'm not sure but that's how it would look.
We've seen Jhonny hit and hit better than he has ever hit in the cleanup spot, and he did it for an extended period of time. If Wedge is really that focused on keeping Hafner out of the three spot, keeping Jhonny in the four and putting Victor in at three makes a whole lot of sense.
Eventually, could Choo do the three hole? Sure, but by then we may know about Hafner.
I think beyond this year, Choo could be a great two hole hitter. He's very sound and doesn't chase after bad pitches. He's very discplined at the plate. He's what you want out of a guy at the top. But he's not crazy fast so you don't hit him leadoff.
I think for now though. sixth or seventh behind either Hafner or Garko really makes that lineup stronger at the bottom. He could lead off an inning or be second up sometimes, so it's almost as if he's hitting first or second and he's making the pitcher work.
Get a guy like Francisco behind him and you can create some production.
Either way, that's a topic for a later date.
The article also mentions theat the Indians view Choo as a everyday player, but will protect him against left-handed hitters. Those are days we could see DeRosa in the outfield and someone like Carroll starting at third. or even shifting everyone over and playing Barfield at second if he makes the team.
Which transitions me perfectly to the forgotten man on this team.
His name is Andy Marte and he plays third base.
Even before the Indians acquired Mark DeRosa, when they made an infielder, ANY infielder for that matter, a priority this offseason, they basically admitted they were wrong about Andy Marte.
"At this point, in all honesty, it's a tough road for Andy," general manager Mark Shapiro said recently. "It's hard to see him fitting, if there's not an injury."Ka-Kow.
That would be the hook shot that has stagered Marte. The knockout punch is up-coming with his imminent release and or demotion to Triple-A (if he were to ever pass waivers, unlikely as long as team's like Pittsburgh exist).
The only thing that can save him now is the person throwing the punches somehow not just hurts himself throwing the punches, but breaks his arm, falls over the top rope and lands on his head with a major concussion.
What is likely is seeing many many Cleveland Indians games this year.
For all of you who complained about the new cable channel that the Indians started up, Sports Time Ohio, when it first came around, I hope you are groveling at the feet of the person who came up with the idea.
First of all, if you don't have Sports Time Ohio and you are in the Ohio area with a cable service... You were either struck with bad luck or you live in an obscure area with no electrical wires.
We are blessed with 154 games of Tribe Baseball on either STO or your local station. They've answered my prayers by simulcasting the games on STO, so if you are in a place like Youngstown, with Armstrong and they are showing freaking NASCAR (which I love, but come on now) on FOX during the Indians game, you won't miss the Indians game.
Yes, that 154 is just eight short of 162, the full schedule. The other eight won't be dead, no no no, they will be on FOX in the afternoon, provided that that silly blackout rule doesn't take in effect, I'm not sure if that is going to happen this year, but from CastoTurf, it appears all 162 will be viewable in some way.
Either way, you are guarenteed 154 of the 162 games. Can't get much better than that.
Unless of course you absolutely despise Matt Underwood. I don't hate him but he isn't my favorite. I can deal with him, let's put it that way.
Especially when he gives us gem's like the 'ballsack' fiasco.
Here is a PDF File for the schedule if your interested in printing it out and stuff.
Please ignore this stuff about Kris Benson. The Indians could have had someone there to see him workout, but don't think it's a possibility. The Indians are already taking a chance on Carl Pavano, they aren't going to invite him to camp and let him pitch decent, just to take the fifth spot in the rotation away from a young guy. Even if he comes in on a minor league deal. Someone out there can probably get him a better shot to make the team anyway.
I mean, how likely is it that he'll put up awesome numbers? It's not like he's ever had an awesome year.. And he's pitched the majority of his career in the NL.
Plus his wife is annoying.
Enough said man.
With that said.. We've got less than two weeks to go before the magical phrase of "Pitchers and Catchers Report" can be uttered. Expect elation or somberness on Monday. Or possibly nothing. I'm taking the weekend off to preare and fight the battle.
Also.. No more snow please...