"Believe it or not, George isn't at home…"
I don't have the best luck with technology. In fact, I'm typing this blog entry on a laptop that has required technical support about five times in the last four months and, just for good measure, is missing a Tab key.
But where my luck really runs dry is with cell phones. This afternoon, my latest phone decided it was done with me. I say "latest," because I am 26 years old, and am already on my ninth cell phone. Allow me to provide you with the rundown...
- Black Motorola (2002-03): This was a decent phone, aside from the fact that it was rather large. Not quite to Zach Morris standards, but still a little hefty. Still , this phone lived a full and productive life.
- Silver Motorola (2003-05): Now this was a great phone. It lasted two years, which would prove to be a record. And the backlight was green, which, at the time I bought this phone, was a major technological advancement.
- Silver Samsung #1 (2005-05): This phone lasted all of three months before I left it in a pair of jeans and ran said jeans through the wash cycle. Silver Samsung #1 never stood a chance.
- Silver Samsung #2 (2005-05): Dropped this one in the toilet.
- Silver Samsung #3 (2005-06): Dropped this one on the ground. It shattered into two pieces.
- Silver Samsung #4 (2006-07): Not sure what happened with this one, but one day it just stopped allowing you to see the screen when you flipped it open. You could only see it if you jiggled it just right. Some people would be frustrated by this phone, but I respected it. It only rewarded patience and dedication.
- Silver Samsung #5 (2007): Surprisingly no complaints about this one.
- Silver Blackberry #1 (2007-08): It will be difficult for me to discuss this phone without sounding like a bitter, spurned ex-lover. I gave this phone the best six months of my life. I kept it clean, hardly ever dropped it, bought it a protective rubberized cover and introduced it to my family. And today I got dumped without warning.
- Silver Blackberry #2 (2008-?): Long may you run, Silver Blackberry #2, long may you run...
On to the lineups. Peralta and Pronk both moved up tonight…
INDIANS (19-19): CF Grady Sizemore, SS Jhonny Peralta, LF David Dellucci, C Victor Martinez, DH Travis Hafner, 1B Ryan Garko, 2B Asdrubal Cabrera, RF Franklin Gutierrez, 3B Casey Blake. RHP Paul Byrd hurling.
A’S (23-16): C Kurt Suzuki, 1B Daric Barton, LF Jack Cust, DH Frank Thomas, RF Emil Brown, 3B Jack Hannahan, SS Bobby Crosby, CF Ryan Sweeney, 2B Donnie Murphy. RHP Justin Duchscherer on the mound.
EXCRUCIATING MINUTIA OF THE DAY…
- In case you missed it, Fausto and Lee each threw nine scoreless in the doubleheader yesterday. According to Elias, the last time a team had both starting pitchers throw nine shutout innings in a doubleheader was the Red Sox on Sept. 5, 1977, at Toronto (Don Aese and Reggie Cleveland). The last time the Indians did it was Sept. 30, 1964 at Boston (Luis Tiant and Sam McDowell).
- In the last 60 years, only two pitchers had an ERA through their first seven starts lower than Cliff Lee’s 0.67 mark, according to Elias. Fernando Valenzuela had a 0.29 mark in 1981 and Mike Norris had a 0.45 mark in 1980.
- Class A Lake County right-hander Ryan Miller is 6-0 with a 1.15 ERA in seven starts.
- Indians starters have a 2.17 ERA over their last 22 games.