Hey mister deejay, won't ya hear my last prayer

I really don't see how it's even remotely possible that anyone could or would need to listen to a radio station other than E Street Radio -- the all-Bruce Springsteen station on Sirius and XM.

 

Actually, I'm on my second rental car of the spring already, because the Sirius subscription in the first one ran out a day into my rental period. That wasn't going to cut it. I need access to the only station where it's standard practice to hear, on average, five versions of "Thunder Road" (the studio version, the live version from the Agora Ballroom in '78, the solo piano version from the live boxed set, the original version named "Wings for Wheels" from early '75 and the studio alternate version in which the woman he's singing to is named Chrissie, not Mary) a day.

 

To me, that's perfect radio. But for the rest of you, perfect radio involves the Indians broadcasts.

 

Unfortunately, not every game down here in the Cactus League will be carried by WTAM, WMMS and the Indians Radio Network. Tom Hamilton, who arrived to camp today, will be in the booth for Wednesday's opener and 20 other spring exhibitions.

 

The rest of the time, you can turn to the soothing sounds of Jim Rosenhaus right over in these parts at Indians.com. Those of you with a subscription to MLB.com's Gameday Audio feature can tune in at the site for every game, including the ones not carried on the radio. For the complete spring broadcast schedule, click here.

  

EXCRUCIATING MINUTIA OF THE DAY...

 

  • It will be David Huff opposing Hector Rondon in the first inning of tomorrow's 1 p.m. intrasquad game. The game will last five innings in all. Rafael Betancourt, Kirk Saarloos, Adam Miller, Greg Aquino, Jensen Lewis, Masa Kobayashi, John Meloan and Ryan Edell will all get an inning of work.
  • Also of note for the intrasquad is that Ryan Garko and Jamey Carroll will both play in the outfield, while Josh Barfield will be at third base. Eric Wedge said he’s seen enough of Garko to determine it’s worth a shot, particularly in such a meaningless game.
  • At the end of this morning’s workout, the position players took part in an interesting situational hitting drill. They were divided into two teams. When a player would step into the cage, the players from the opposing team would call out a situation — for example, bases loaded with the infield in and one out — and the hitter would have to respond with the appropriate at-bat. Get it right, get a point. Get it wrong, lose a point. The team with the fewest points at the end had to pick up all the balls sprayed around the field. Some funny moments came out of this, and you can read about them on Indians.com in a little bit. But the highlight was when Shin-Soo Choo’s situation was basically “don’t hit a homer.” He hit a towering shot off the center-field wall, about a foot and a half short of going out. Big League Choo, ladies and gentlemen.
  • Nick Weglarz is a beast at 6-foot-3, 245 pounds. He was one of the early arrivals to Minor League camp this year, because he's due to leave to represent Canada in the World Baseball Classic this week. He took batting practice with the members of big-league camp this morning. I'll write up Weglarz in the coming days, but the main things you need to know about him is that he's got the body of a Travis Hafner with enough athleticism, the Indians believe, to remain in left field. He's not your typical power hitter. At Class A Kinston last year, he had a .396 on-base percentage, drawing 71 walks and striking out 78 times.
  • Another Andy Marte sighting today. He was working out at the complex and changing in the Minor League locker room. The Indians weren't able to work out a trade involving Marte, and he was officially exposed to waivers this morning. Teams have until Wednesday to claim him. I'll have Marte's take on his situation in a story on Indians.com this afternoon.
  • Jhonny Peralta will see some time at third this spring, but it won’t be a “steady diet,” Wedge said. It will be just enough to ensure Peralta is ready to jump over there from time to time during the season, if the need arises.
  • Former big-league player and hitting coach Mickey Brantley will be here tomorrow to see his son, Michael, in action.

 ~AC

6 Comments

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Aaron
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The Andy Marte Buffet is undoubtedly the highlight. Got an address for it?
Nice work, Aaron.

The Kansas City Royals ran a similar drill in camp yesterday and Mark Teahen was challenged in much the same way as Big League Choo was. When someone yelled, “Don’t hit a homer!” Mark first stepped to the right side of the plate knowing that everything he hits from his natural left side has way too good of a chance of traveling at least 700 feet. Sure enough the new hitting coach and former Indian Kevin Seitzer fed him a saucy meatball right on top of the plate. Teahen purposely turned on the ball and cranked it down the line in left. Immediately he dropped the bat, and ala Bugs Bunny escaped into the infield, climbing the foul pole, making the catch, thus robbing himself by standing at the very top on one foot, fully extended. Not only did he catch the ball, but as he began to lose his balance from fully extending himself off the top of the pole, he jumped off, did three front flips, a twist, and stuck the landing.

Stop with this Mark Teahen business. i live in Kansas City and everybody here knows he sucks.

AC, what’s with the subtle font colors? Some are black and some seem to be a grayish blue similar to the hyperlink color but different. You’re making my eyes go crazy!

Ya know, I had just decided that I had busted AC’s balloons enough with the Mark Teahen bit when oh-io (which even for a HUGE Ohio State fan may be the most annoying chant in America next to the Atlanta Braves’ “ooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo”) comes along and tries to convince the public that he is an expert as to the quality of Mark Teahen’s baseball talent based on his residency…please.
First of all, it is clear that you do NOT live in Kansas City or else Mark Teahen would have smelled you writing negative comments about him and like the big bad wolf he is, would have blown down the door to your house and eaten your computer.
After that he would have regurgitated your computer, logged onto the blog, read all the posts about his greatness AND the one in the different font colors just to prove his eyes would NOT go crazy, further proving he is beyond that of a normal human.
Now I am done.
MA-RK!
TEA-HEN!
Done.

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