"Hey! You know what these cost?! They're like 80 cents a nut!"
I’m well-aware that minibars in hotel rooms are supposed to be pricey. That’s the cost of convenience. If you want to get a Snickers bar in your underwear, minibars are the best way to make it happen without the authorities somehow becoming involved.
That being said, the minibar in the rooms at the W hotel in Manhattan — one of the media hotels for the All-Star Game — is out of control. That aforementioned Snickers will cost you eight bucks. A bottle of Absolut vodka is $150. There’s even a first-aid kid that will cost you $12. So if you cut your finger and you’re bleeding to death, you’re best-advised to grab your wallet with your other hand.
Anyway, I’m about to head up to the Bronx for tonight’s Home Run Derby festivities. We’ll see if Grady Sizemore can hold his own in the event. If you’re interested, I’ll be chronicling the Derby round-by-round and blow-by-blow over at http://homerunderby.mlblogs.com. Stop by and keep me company. After all, I can’t sit through all nine hours by myself.
In the meantime, here are a few excruciating pieces of minutia for you here on All-Star Eve…
- Brendan Donnelly, a former All-Star reliever with the Angels who is coming back from elbow surgery and rehabbing with the Indians, reported to Class A Kinston today. Donnelly had been in extended spring camp in Winter Haven, Fla.
- Asdrubal Cabrera has been named the International League batter of the week. He hit .394 (13-for-33) in the Bisons’ last eight games, with three doubles, three homers, six RBIs and eight runs scored. All told, Cabrera has hit .326 with seven doubles, four homers and 13 RBIs in 34 games with Buffalo since his early June demotion from the big leagues.
- The Indians’ record at the break (41-53) is their worst since 1992 (36-52).
- Indians players have lost a combined 352 days to injury this season. By contrast, the club lost just 324 days all of last year, the second-fewest in baseball.