Notes and Quotes: And We Shout, DRUBES!I have this headache that just won't go away right now. It's annoying when you wake up on a day when you have a lot to do and this is bugging you. I want it to go away. I took something, so it better, or else I'll stab my head.
Tomorrow class resumes after my three day weekend (which I have every week, thank you very much) and while I've completed some of my work, I still have more to do today and I would really like to get it done without this headache making it an issue.
How long have we been calling him 'Drubes?
It only took Al Tv (Al Pawlowski) one game of calling him that for Asdrubal Cabrera to hit a walk-off home run.
Cabrera was looking for the fastball and his reaction to it should have given you a clue to that. Cabs says he isn't at 100 percent thanks to surgery to the broken arm, but he's been quietly putting his numbers in the past few weeks.
Drubes has gotten lost in the shuffle lately with all the talk about Santana and Choo, but he's equally important to this club both for his glove and his bat. I said that before I even read Manny Acta's quote about him. Acta feels as if Cabrera is one of this team's leaders because of his qualities.
"He's a key for our club offensively and defensively," said Acta. "He's got big-time character. To me, he's probably not 100 percent strength-wise from that surgery from the left side, but he's a gamer.
"He's very quiet in English, but he's not quiet in Spanish," said Acta. "He's got the energy. He wants to play every day. He's not afraid [to say something]. He's got a lot of the qualities you look for and he's been on this club just about as long as anybody. He was here when the Indians were in the postseason in 2007."
He's hitting second in the order, he's one of the better average guys we have. We need to see him to produce and last night he not only hit the home run, but he dropped down a bunt early.
"A guy like him, we give him the freedom to get them over any way he can," Acta said. "He laid down the bunt. When you're facing a guy like [Zack] Greinke, the runs aren't going to come very often. Might as well jump ahead, and that's what we did in that first inning."
[GO GO GOMEZ]
Jeanmar Gomez is starting to make an impression on this team. So much so, I think we devise a nickname for him. PronksShoulder on twitter suggested J-Go, which isn't bad, but it lacks the flare a name like Jeanmar provides.
While Gomez's performance warrants a nickname from us, it actually might warrant a closer look in 2011 from Acta and the staff. You can tell by how Manny talks about him that he may be in this thing for the long haul now and that he's certainly made more good impressions on the club than David Huff has.
Gomez was coming off perhaps his roughest start and the test from that was how he'd bounce back. Consider the test passed after Acta said the night belonged to him.
"This was going to be a test for him," Acta said. "It was nice to see he attacked the strike zone. He wasn't running away from contact because he got knocked around last time."
In a way, he out-pitched a Cy Young winner for nearly six innings. That's a pretty good bounce back.
Taking nicknames though. Go-J, Jeanie, J-Go. We're trying here.
I think Chris Giminez is auditioning for a roster spot right now. Lou Marson needs to do something here to prove he can backup Carlos Santana next year and so far, so blah. Gimenez meanwhile has versatility that you like and let me bring something up that I think people forget.
He can play third base. I think it is Nix's job to basically lose, but don't forget that when you are thinking of next season's bench.
No plan yet in place for Aaron Laffey who is rehabbing in Columbus. The plan is for him to return to the bullpen, if he does return. He could be just shutdown from here on out, but with rosters expanding in September, activating him wouldn't necessarily involve shipping someone out. Acta said his arm is fine and he's just finishing rehab, so why shut him down? Yeah I think we'll see Laffey back here when September's roster expansion hits.
Lots of discussion about the Blake and CC trade acquisitions in the latest Terry Pluto piece. LaPorta is a key, Santana is a important piece to the lineup even when he wasn't hitting, and bouncing back Brantley.
I think the headache is just about gone. This is good.