The sages of the subway sit just like the living dead
Greetings from Chicago, home of, perhaps, my least favorite public rail system. A story in today’s Chicago Tribune informs us that the most recent safety review of the CTA found that it is in serious need of upgrades. But the bright side is that “riders are not putting their lives in jeopardy” by boarding the trains. So we’ve got that going for us, which is nice.
Really, I could care less if the CTA gets me to my destination safely. Just get me there on-time. But that never happens. I tend to find myself waiting for the next train for inordinate periods of time.
While waiting for the subway to U.S. Cellular Field today, I watched as my fellow waiters fell victim to the lure of standing out near the edge of the platform and looking back toward the tunnel where the train is supposedly going to arrive from. I thought to myself, “Why do people always do that? It’s not as if looking down the tunnel is going to make the train come any quicker.”
Five minutes later, I was doing the same thing.
Here are the lineups for tonight’s series opener with the first-place White Sox. The Indians are calling this a make or break road trip. If the first three months are any indication, break is the early frontrunner. But you never know…
INDIANS (37-45): CF Grady Sizemore, 2B Jamey Carroll, LF Ben Francisco, SS Jhonny Peralta, RF Shin-Soo Choo, 3B Casey Blake, DH David Dellucci, 1B Ryan Garko, C Kelly Shoppach. LHP Jeremy Sowers (0-3, 5.97).
WHITE SOX (46-35): SS Orlando Cabrera, CF Brian Anderson, LF Carlos Quentin, RF Jermaine Dye, DH Jim Thome, 3B Joe Crede, 1B Nick Swisher, 2B Alexei Ramirez, C Toby Hall. RHP Gavin Floyd (8-4, 3.39).
EXCRUCIATING MINUTIA OF THE DAY…
- Adam Miller and Josh Barfield both had a follow-up appointment with hand specialist Dr. Tom Graham in Baltimore on Monday. Miller is five weeks removed from surgery to repair a tendon in his right middle finger, and the Indians hope he’ll be ready to begin a return-to-throw program in the next two weeks. Barfield had the cast removed from his left hand and will begin range-of-motion exercises this week.
- Head athletic trainer Lonnie Soloff isn’t on this trip. He’s back in Cleveland tending to the guys on the DL (and there are plenty of them). Fausto Carmona threw out to 105 feet today. That’s the only update the Indians offered on his status.
- Paul Byrd wasn’t with the Indians by the time they went out to stretch. Byrd was in New York City this morning promoting his book, “Free Byrd,” which comes out Tuesday. He was scheduled to re-join the team by game time.
- Reliever Juan Rincon made his Buffalo debut Sunday and gave up one hit in a scoreless inning against Scranton. “We were definitely surprised,” Bisons manager Torey Lovullo told the estimable David Briggs of the Buffalo News. “His fastball command and velocity were both greater than expected. And his slider was sharp. He’s just going to get better with each outing.” Expect to see Rincon with the Indians at some point this summer.
- Sizemore is three homers and two stolen bases away from becoming just the second player in franchise history to amass 100 homers and 100 stolen bases as a member of the Indians. Joe Carter (151 homes, 126 stolen bases) is the other. Sizemore has seven homers in his last 17 games.
- Jensen Lewis hasn’t allowed a run over his last four innings for Buffalo.
- Call it a trend. Outfielder Trevor Crowe has been named the Eastern League player of the week for the second consecutive week. Crowe batted .465 (13-for-28) with two doubles, two homers, 10 RBIs and 11 runs scored in seven games last week. Over his last 11 games, he’s batting .522 (24-for-46) with 11 extra-base hits, 18 RBIs and 18 runs, raising his seasaon average from .231 to .313.
- The Indians have signed eighth-round Draft pick Eric Berger, a left-handed pitcher from the University of Arizona. Berger won a team-high eight games for the Wildcats this year.