Waiting for his turn to die
This entry goes out to Marc Lancaster of the Tampa Tribune, who told me he enjoys this blog. This is a high compliment, as Marc’s Reds blog for the Cincinnati Post web site when we both covered that club in 2005 taught me everything I know about blogging. So, obviously, he doesn’t know much either.
Anyway, I mention Marc and that ’05 Reds team for another reason. That year, Sean Casey was included on a CD called “Oh Say, Can You Sing?” in which a bunch of Major Leaguers contributed cover songs. Casey did a delightfully embarrassing version of Toby Keith’s “How Do You Like Me Now?” Ryan Freel ended up using it as his at-bat music.
A reader in one of the comment sections below pointed out that Matt Ginter — Saturday’s probable starter — is also on that CD, and I had forgetten all about his inclusion. He plays the banjo on a song called “Dooley.” Unfortunately, it must not have been a memorable performance.
But the most memorable performance of all, hands down, was Omar Vizquel’s take on The Goo Goo Dolls’ “Broadway.” If you’ve never heard it, seek it out. It will change your outlook on life (in that, when you hear it, you’ll no longer want to live).
Oh, there’s an Indians game tonight. Here are the lineups…
INDIANS (37-53): CF Rick Manning, 3B Toby Harrah, DH Bobby Bonds, 1B Andre Thornton, C Ron Hassey, LF Mike Hargrove…
Whoops, sorry, that’s the ’79 team…
INDIANS (37-53): CF Grady Sizemore, 2B Jamey Carroll, LF Ben Francisco, SS Jhonny Peralta, 1B Casey Blake, RF Shin-Soo Choo, C Kelly Shoppach, DH David Dellucci, 3B Andy Marte. LHP Aaron Laffey (4-5, 3.49).
RAYS (55-35): 2B Akinori Iwamura, LF Carl Crawford, CF B.J. Upton, 1B Carlos Pena, 3B Evan Longoria, C Dioner Navarro, DH Willy Aybar, RF Jonny Gomes, SS Ben Zobrist. RHP Andy Sonanstine (10-3, 4.31), a Barberton native.
EXCRUCIATING MINUTIA OF THE DAY…
- Travis Hafner met with the media before today’s game. He told us his right shoulder is at 50 percent the strength of his left. He’s been on DL since May 30, and progress has been slow as can be. He hopes to be in a position to begin swinging the bat in a couple weeks, which would lead to a rehab, which would lead to his return. But that return is obviously still a ways off.
- RHP Fausto Carmona threw a three-inning, 50-pitch simulated game today and felt fine. The Indians will evaluate how he feels Friday to determine if he’s ready to go out on a rehab assignment. All signs to point to yes at the moment.
- Speaking of rehabbing pitchers, remember RHP Brendan Donnelly? He made his second appearance for the Gulf Coast League club in Winter Haven on Wednesday and is expected to advance to Class A Kinston soon. Donnelly, a former All-Star reliever with the Angels, is working his way back from right elbow reconstruction.
- That road trip was the Tribe’s first 0-8 trip in club history. The previous worst was an 0-7 trip, which was done three times, most recently in 1972.
- The Indians have defeated the Rays nine times in a row at home, dating back to Sept. 29, 2005, but they’ve lost 10 in a row. So something’s got to give here tonight.
- The Indians claimed RHP Bryan Bullington off waivers from the Pirates today, added him to the 40-man and optioned him to Buffalo. Bullington was the Pirates’ first-round pick in 2002 out of Ball State University. The 27-year-old was 4-6 with a 5.52 ERA in 15 starts at Triple-A Indianapolis this year.
- Other transactions today: Joe Borowski was officially released, and Rick Bauer elected to become a free agent.
- Also, the Tribe signed their third-round pick, 2B Cord Phelps, who recently played in the College World Series in his junior season with Stanford. Phelps batted .351 with 16 doubles, 13 homers and 58 RBIs this year. He will report to the Gulf Coast League team to rehab a sprained ankle, and then head up to Mahoning Valley.
- After a little lull at the plate in Buffalo, Asdrubal Cabrera has batted .529 over his last four games.
UPDATE: One more transaction for you… The Indians just traded INF Ryan Mulhern and RHP Dan Reichert to the Pirates for cash. Both players were at Triple-A Buffalo and not considered part of the big-league picture (obviously). Mulhern was batting .250 with seven homers and 26 RBIs in 58 games, while Reichert was 1-3 with a 4.40 ERA in eight starts.