"1985? … It can't be…"
Remember that part of “Back to the Future II,” when Marty and Doc return to Hill Valley and discover that it is now run by Biff, who had become a billionaire by making winning sports bets and had turned the town’s courthouse into a casino surrounded by drugs, crime and grime?
Yeah, that’s downtown Detroit.
I’ve always thought Cleveland — and Ohio, in general — is really behind the eight-ball with its staunch stance against bringing in legalized gambling. Michigan did it, and visitors from Ohio and other areas flock to Detroit to spend their hard-earned cash.
But all you have to do is take one walk through the Greektown area on a Saturday night to see the downside of a downtown casino. When you’re not dodging your way through drunks and prostitutes, you’re bracing yourself for potential gunshots. Good times. Then again, it does spur the economy.
Here are today’s lineups on a scorching Sunday at Comerica Park…
INDIANS (28-34): CF Grady Sizemore, LF Franklin Gutierrez, C Victor Martinez, 1B Ryan Garko, SS Jhonny Peralta, DH David Dellucci, 3B Casey Blake, RF Shin-Soo Choo, 2B Asdrubal Cabrera. LHP Jeremy Sowers (0-0, 5.23) makes his return to the rotation.
TIGERS (25-36): SS Edgar Renteria, 2B Placido Polanco, LF Marcus Thames, DH Magglio Ordonez, 1B Miguel Cabrera, 3B Carlos Guillen, C Ivan Rodriguez, RF Brent Clevlen, CF Curtis Granderson. RHP Armando Galarraga (4-2, 3.76) on the mound, in place of Jeremy Bonderman.
EXCRUCIATING MINUTIA OF THE DAY…
- Indians pitchers have allowed six grand slams this year, the most in the Majors.
- The Indians are 10-14 against the AL Central this season. They were 48-24 in the division last year.
- Peralta has hit safely in 13 or 14 games, batting .290 with three homers and four RBIs.
- Five members of the Class A Lake County Captains will be on the North squad for the South Atlantic League All-Star Game on June 17 in Greensboro, N.C. LHPs Ryan Miller, Kelvin De La Cruz and Ryan Morris, RHP Vinne Pestano and OF Roman Pena will all be there.
- The bullpen is 11 of 21 (52.4 percent) in save situations this year.