See the sky about to rain
Greetings from the SkyDome, now known as the Rogers Centre… and a dump.
The SkyDome opened in dramatic fashion in 1989. The opening celebration included performances from a host of Canadian entertainers. The night ended with the premier of the province of Ontario flashing a laser pointer toward the dome as a cue to open the roof for the first time. A song with the lyrics, “Open up, open up the dome” was sung.
It would have been a very poignant moment, had the 50,000 in attendance not been drenched by rain.
And if that all doesn’t sound pathetic enough, the event was hosted by Alan Thicke.
Anyway, that’s all ancient history, and the Rogers Centre has found new ways to make things interesting — such as having members of the media punch in a confusing, 26-character password for wireless Internet access. And it must be typed in twice. This is the second-most annoying thing to come out of Canada (Nickelback being the first, of course).
Here are tonight’s lineups…
INDIANS (49-64): CF Grady Sizemore, 2B Jamey Carroll, C Kelly Shoppach, SS Jhonny Peralta, DH Ben Francisco, LF Shin-Soo Choo, RF Franklin Gutierrez, 1B Andy Gonzalez, 3B Andy Marte. RHP Anthony Reyes (2-1, 4.91).
BLUE JAYS (59-56): 2B Joe Inglett, RF Brad Wilkerson, CF Alex Rios, 1B Lyle Overbay, C Rod Barajas, LF Adam Lind, DH Matt Stairs, 3B Scott Rolen, SS John McDonald. LHP David Purcey (1-2, 8.35).
EXCRUCIATING MINUTIA OF THE DAY…
- Ryan Garko remains benched by Eric Wedge as a result of his lack of hustle on that groundball the other day in Tampa. “I’m not sure when I’m going to put him out there,” Wedge said.
- Victor Martinez (right elbow surgery) took batting practice, threw to the bases and ran the bases for the second time today, and it went well. The Indians hope to get him out on a rehab assignment sometime in the middle of next week.
- Josh Barfield (left middle finger sprain) has also begun taking BP and should be ready for a rehab by the end of next week.
- The Indians hope Travis Hafner (weak right shoulder) will be ready to take batting practice with the team by the end of next week.
- Jhonny Peralta (2008) and Joe Carter (1986) are the only Indians to have two, five-hit games in a single season in the last 52 years. Carter actually did it three times in that ’86 season.
- According to Elias, Peralta is the first player with two, five-hit, three extra-base hit games in losses in a season since Vern Stephens of the St. Louis Browns in 1942.
- Reliever Jensen Lewis apparently wowed his teammates in the clubhouse with his “Guitar Hero” skills before batting practice. He played songs from the Rolling Stones, Metallica and Stevie Ray Vaughn, among others. I was not a witness to this event, but video assistant Bill McCracken confirmed, “He was awesome. He was in the zone.” But Lewis couldn’t quite nail the solo at the end of Metallica’s “One.” I hear it’s pretty tricky.
Bonus points to the first person who can remember the last player named Anthony to play for the Tribe.