Trust none of what you hear and less of what you see
I’ve got a note for you: The Saturday, Aug. 30, game against the Mariners will not be televised by FOX, as previously expected, and will instead be a WTAM and Indians Radio Network exclusive.
And now I’ve got a question for you: If I said, “Next Saturday’s game will not be on TV,” would you assume I meant Saturday, Aug. 23, or Saturday, Aug. 30?
It seems most people would assume the 30th, yet a small but vocal minority (that I am proud to be a member of) suggests the 23rd.
This is somewhat of a touchy subject with me. Today is Thursday. The next Saturday that will occur is Aug. 23. Shouldn’t that be considered “next Saturday”? Shouldn’t the 30th be considered “the Saturday after next”?
Thus far in life, I have only found one person who agrees with me on this subject. I’ll let you chew on it for awhile. And I’ll also let you digest today’s lineups in the finale of the battle to avoid the AL Central basement…
INDIANS (58-67): CF Grady Sizemore, RF Franklin Gutierrez, DH Ben Francisco, SS Jhonny Peralta, LF Shin-Soo Choo, 1B Ryan Garko, C Kelly Shoppach, 3B Jamey Carroll, 2B Asdrubal Cabrera. LHP Cliff Lee (17-2, 2.43).
ROYALS (55-71): 2B Mike Aviles, LF Esteban German, CF David DeJesus, DH Jose Guillen, 1B Billy Butler, 3B Alex Gordon, C John Buck, RF Mark Teahen, SS Tony Pena. RHP Zack Greinke (9-8, 3.92).
EXCRUCIATING MINUTIA OF THE DAY…
- Your daily rehab watch goes as follows: Travis Hafner went 1-for-2 with a two-run double and two walks in his second start last night at Triple-A Buffalo. Josh Barfield was 1-for-3. Victor Martinez was off.
- The Indians’ first four hits last night were all homers, as they scored seven times in eight innings on four home runs. According to Elias, the last time the Tribe’s first four hits were homers was on June 24, 1989, when all six of the Tribe’s hits in a win over the Rangers came on long balls. Joe Carter hit three, while Pete O’Brien, Andy Allanson and the immortal Cory Snyder each hit one.
- Jensen Lewis’ four straight saves are, pathetically enough, an Indians team-high for the season. The previous high was Joe Borowski’s three straight from May 24 to June 6.
- The Indians are batting .286 with 205 runs scored (5.7 runs per game) over their last 36 games. Their .859 OPS (on-base plus slugging percentage) is the fifth-best in August.
- Jhonny Peralta and Woodie Held are the only shortstops to have three, 20-homer seasons in their career with the club. Held did it in 1959, ’60 and ’61, while Peralta did it in 2005, ’07 and, after last night, ’08.
- The last time the Indians swept the Royals in a three-game set in Cleveland was May of 2006.
- Congrats go out to Jeff Sibel, of the Indians media relations department, and his wife, Tiffany, who became the proud parents of a baby boy last night. Thomas John (TJ) Sibel was born at 1:04 a.m. and weighed in at 7 pounds, 1 ounce. Welcome to the world, young Sibel.
UPDATE (1:24 p.m. ET): There is a bat in the hallway behind the press box right now. And no, not a baseball bat. A bat bat.
UPDATE No. 2 (1:47 p.m. ET): More on this “next” debate… Let’s agree, for the sake of discussion, that ”next Saturday” is Aug. 30. Fine. My question to you, then, is, when did the 23rd cease to be next Saturday?
A few people I’ve posed this question to today have replied, “Sunday.” So, basically, this past Sunday, the 23rd went from being “next Saturday” to being “this Saturday.”
Using that same logic, though, if I said “next Wednesday,” would you assume I meant Sept. 3? My hunch is that you wouldn’t. You would be more likely to assume Aug. 27, no? If so, I think I just blew your mind.
UPDATE No. 3 (1:52 p.m. ET): As if on cue, my boss just sent out an e-mail that says the following, “Based on team schedules in the coming week…. I’ve decided to schedule a Central Division conference call for next Tuesday at 1 p.m. ET.”
I mean, you can’t make this stuff up.
UPDATE No. 4 (2:04 p.m. ET): I’m going to give the last word to MLB.com deputy managing editor Jim Banks, who offers this sane, rational opinion on the “next” debate.
“To explain ‘this vs. next’ I think you need to think of it, as I do, in blocks of weeks. So this Saturday is the Saturday in the week we’re in, while next Saturday is the Saturday in next week. You’d say this week, meaning this week, and next week, meaning next week, with no issue of clarity at all. The same applies to days of the week.”
I can live with that, I suppose.