"Why don't you just give up?"
Hillary Clinton gave a campaign speech near my Covington, Ky., hotel last night, which brings up an interesting question: Why is Hillary Clinton still giving campaign speeches?
As if we haven’t been hammered with enough of the Obama-Clinton battle this year, Hillary, driven purely by ego at this point, is still pushing ahead as if she has any chance of securing her party’s nomination. She’s saying things like, “You don’t walk off the court before the buzzer sounds, because you never know if you’ll hit a three-point shot.” But a three-point shot at the buzzer doesn’t do you much good when you’re down by four points.
At last night’s speech, Clinton compared herself to the Reds, who had that bottom of the ninth comeback against the Tribe yesterday. Now, if comparing yourself to the Reds isn’t a sure sign that you’re headed for disaster, I don’t know what is.
(Note: The preceding rant was more a matter of common sense than politics. I would hope the pro-Clinton contingent would recognize that and spare me the hateful e-mails. My inbox thanks you.)
All right, it’s the last day of the first installment of the Ohio Cup. Of course, we’ll still have three more games in this scintillating series at Progressive Field next month. The winner of this annual series gets a trophy. I’ve yet to have it explained to me who gets the trophy if the series is split. Does it go to the team that scores the most runs? The team that draws the most fans? The team that issues the fewest balks? How does this work, exactly? Perhaps somebody from the Ohio Lottery could explain.
Mike Aubrey is getting his first Major League start today, and he’s batting sixth, no less. Opportunities abound in the Indians’ lineup these days. If you can hit, you can secure yourself a job in the big leagues. Maybe ol’ Hillary should show up to batting practice and get herself a job.
INDIANS (22-21): CF Grady Sizemore, 2B Jamey Carroll, LF David Dellucci, C Victor Martinez, RF Ben Francisco, 1B Michael Aubrey, SS Asdrubal Cabrera, 3B Casey Blake, LHP Cliff Lee.
REDS (20-23): CF Ryan Freel, SS Paul Janish, RF Ken Griffey Jr., 2B Brandon Phillips, 3B Edwin Encarnacion, LF Adam Dunn, C David Ross, 1B Javier Valentin, RHP Edinson Volquez.
EXCRUCIATING MINUTIA OF THE DAY…
- On Saturday, Jeff Datz filled in for Joel Skinner as third-base coach, as Skinner was at his daughter’s college graduation. Today, Datz is filling in for Luis Rivera at first, as Rivera is at his son Yan’s graduation in Puerto Rico.
- The Indians have never been swept in a three-game series against Cincinnati, but they run the risk of doing so today.
- If you want to know why the Tribe is dangerously close to being swept, look no further than the club’s 0-for-16 performance with runners in scoring position this series.
- OF Shin-Soo Choo went 2-for-4 with an RBI double for Triple-A Buffalo yesterday against Lehigh Valley. It was his third game in a 20-day rehab stint. Choo, who had Tommy John surgery last fall, is expected to join the Indians at the end of the rehab assignment.
- Indians starters have gone at least five innings in 28 straight games, dating back to April 16. The team’s starters’ ERA has been lowered from 3.59 to 2.88 over the last nine games.
- Here’s an interesting promotion. For every strikeout notched by a Tribe pitcher Tuesday in Chicago, fans will receive $1 off lower reserved, upper box, mezzanine or bleacher tickets for the June 10 Dollar Dog Night game against the Twins. Tickets can be purchased on Indians.com 10 minutes after the conclusion of Tuesday’s game through midnight Sunday, May 25, be entering the password “STRIKEOUT.” The minimum ticket price is $1. And here’s the best part… Team strikeout leader C.C. Sabathia gets the start Tuesday.
- Cliff Lee is 10-1 all-time in Interleague play. That .909 win percentage is the best in the history of Interleague among pitchers with at least 10 starts.