Tramps like us…

Kansas City Star columnist Joe Posnanski is a better blogger than I’ll ever be. His blog even has the subhead, “Eleven. Exactly. One louder,” which completely kills the idea I had to possibly name this blog, “These Go to 11.” (If you don’t get the reference, just… don’t worry about it.)

Anyway, my boss passed along this fantastic Posnanski blog entry, comparing Pete Rose to Bruce Springsteen (in a favorable way), that I’m going to pass along to you. Use it well.

As far as the Indians are concerned, I wrote a story last night about Andy Marte’s lack of April playing time. Clearly, someone on the Indians’ coaching staff read the clips today and was reminded that Marte is on the team, because he’s in tonight’s lineup (for my next magic trick, I’m going to write a feature on Craig Breslow — yes, he’s still here — and watch as he miraculously turns up in the rotation). Casey Blake moves to 1B and the slumping Ryan Garko gets a mental health day. Oh, and Grady returns.

INDIANS: CF Grady Sizemore, LF David Dellucci, DH Travis Hafner, C Victor Martinez, SS Jhonny Peralta, 2B Asdrubal Cabrera, 1B Blake, RF Franklin Gutierrez, 3B Andy Marte. Fausto Carmona on the mound.

MARINERS: CF Ichiro Suzuki, 2B Jose Lopez, LF Raul Ibanez, 3B Adrian Beltre, DH Jose Vidro, 1B Richie Sexson, RF Brad Wilkerson, C Kenji Johjima, SS Yuniesky Betancourt. RHP Carlos Silva.


  • Adam Miller tossed four scoreless innings for Buffalo last night. He gave up just four hits with two walks and four strikeouts in a 5-2 win over Scranton. Miller has now made two starts for the Bisons after a late start to the season because of that Spring Training blister. He hasn’t allowed a run in nine innings.
  • Ben Francisco went 3-for-4 with a homer and two RBIs in that Bisons win.
  • According to Elias, LHP Aaron Laffey became the first pitcher to have a no-hitter through five innings and go on to lose the game since Jon Lieber did it while pitching for the Cubs against the Cardinals on Sept. 20, 1999.
  • The Indians are batting .211 in losses and .286 in wins.
  • Of Victor Martinez’s 27 hits, only four have gone for extra bases. All doubles.



Hey Anthony,
Good job getting Marte in the lineup tonight. I think your next story should be about Hafner. I don’t know what those hitting coaches have been putting into his head since the end of ’06… but we need to get him back to mashing the ball like nature intended. Can you write a story suggesting a demotion back to North Dakota so he can reclaim his pronk instincts by hitting wheelbarrow loads of rocks into the wilderness? Do you have any insight into Hafner being exposed to alternative hitting approaches/methods in the last couple years? Or do they just let him do his thing? Glad to see Grady back in tonight.

I live in Kansas and get to read Posnanski in the KC Star. He has always been a favorite of mine. He’s fair and funny and better than Jason Whitlock any day. On a side note, it’s been great to see the tribe on TV so much this past week for me. Royals then Yanks brought the tribe out to a guy without STO.
As for a name for the blog, how about, “Saved by the Albert, don’t call me Joey, Blog.”

the indians are killing me. and will somebody tell hafner that they are going to throw him a first pitch strike EVERY SINGLE TIME, so maybe he should think about pulling the trigger first pitch instead of falling in the hole. not sure how much more i can take of them topping out at 2 runs a game. ahhh, so much to vent. im gonna leave it be instead of whining though. not healthy for me.

Nice call on Breslow

hey anthony, i know this isnt in the right spot in terms of posting, but i thought you might be able to shed some light on a question i have. the cardinals aquired brian barton from us via rule 5 draft. question being: why didnt we protect him better and try and score him as a leftfielder? and ive heard that if he gets sent back down, which could happen because they dont really have a spot for him, we get first dibs at him. that true? my buddy is a cardinals fans and we have wednesday night get togethers where we’ll both watch each others teams play through, so the few times ive seen barton play, he is nothing short of something special. great speed, great contact hitter. him hitting in our 2 spot is drool worthy. alright, your turn to talk.

The Indians had concerns about Barton’s surgically repaired knee, so they left him exposed for the Rule 5. If the Cardinals remove him from their active roster, they must offer him back to the Tribe for $25,000 or the two clubs must work out a trade.


i appreciate the response. i see $25,000 as a small price to pay to get him in our lineup.

bring on barton.

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