None of this has happened yet

I guess what I'm really wondering in life is when Dippin' Dots will become the ice cream of the present. It's been billed the "ice cream of the future" since I was about 11 years old. That's a pretty bold and pompous claim.


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There's a Dippin' Dots stand here at Goodyear Ballpark that had no action when I walked by it during today's game. Meanwhile, further down the first-base line, the homemade ice cream stand had a line that stretched past several sections. We clearly are not living in the future.

 

Actually, given people's general love of nostalgia, if I'm the guy running the ice cream stand, I throw up a sign that says, "Ice cream of the past." That ought to bring them in.

 

Anyway, what's going on with the Indians of the... right now? Allow me to fill you in.

 

EXCRUCIATING MINUTIA OF THE DAY...

 

  • Very uneventful debut for Travis Hafner. He saw all of five pitches in two at-bats against Dave Bush, striking out in the first and popping out weakly in the third. He admitted he swung at a bad pitch on that pop-out and said he has work to do in the area of plate discipline. He should be back in the lineup Sunday for another two at-bats.
  • David Dellucci, also making his debut after his left thumb injury held him back, also looked a little impatient in his first two at-bats. But he cranked out a solo homer in his third.
  • Grady Sizemore will be back in the lineup Sunday. He and Hafner will split at-bats at DH.
  • Cliff Lee looked rusty against the Brewers, but, well, it's the first time out. Can't judge much off of that.
  • Jeremy Sowers, on the other hand, has looked a little rough around the edges a couple times now. He gave up three runs (one earned) on two hits wiht two walks in one inning today. "The ball's really coming out of his hand ," Wedge said. "He needs to do a better job finishing his pitches and commanding his fastball." What else is new? 
  • As expected, Shin-Soo Choo did DH in South Korea's opening game of the World Baseball Classic - a 9-0 rout of Chinese Taipei. Choo went 1-for-3 with a walk and a run scored. The Koreans will play Japan on Saturday.
  • Here the link to an interesting article from The Baseball Analysts points out that the Indians' have been among the Majors' best teams, in terms of payroll efficiency, over the last three seasons.
  • Opening Day is one month from today.
  • I’m putting the brakes on the blog for the weekend. I’ll catch back up with you on Monday.

~AC

6 Comments

Dippin’ Dots just don’t seem right to me.

Going by the box scores it looks like Crowe is getting a lot of time and doing pretty well so far. I guess that’s what happens when 2/3 of our starting outfield are elsewhere.

I seem to recall Cliff Lee being the lesser of three evils last year to get the last spot in the rotation and that turned out pretty well. Maybe we need him to be mediocre during Spring Training.

Dippin’ Dots just isn’t ice cream! It’s wrong!

Julia
http://werbiefitz.mlblogs.com/

Dippin’ dots = impostor ice cream

That is all…

Just got done watching Rafael Perez pitch for the Dominican against the Netherlands. Granted, he was facing the Netherlands, but he looks good. He was locating all his pitches, mixing his stuff nicely, had his curve ball working VERY well, and changed speeds well. Maybe if STO would get off their donkey, I could watch the other Tribe hurlers get ready for April. BOOOOO STO.

I hope Wedge does realize that the ball does have to leave sowers hand to make to the catcher.

Listening to Wedge is like watching a George Bush Interview.

Hey, AC, I’m watching the Italy/Venezuela game on the MLB Network and the ticker at the bottom just mentioned your article on MLB.com and mentioned you by name.

Clearly, they’re throwing a bone to the Italy fans.

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