Out by those mountains, west of the moon

It's a 1.5-mile trek to the top of Pistewa (formerly known as Squaw) Peak, which is part of the Phoenix Mountains. Thousands of people huff and puff their way to the top each day, and for good reason -- the view up there is incredible.

 

Now if only they could add a water fountain at the top and a slide to bring you down. Then you'd have fun for the whole family.

 

EXCRUCIATING MINUTIA OF THE DAY...

 

  • As reported yesterday, Eric Wedge still has no plans of dropping Travis Hafner down in the lineup. Wedge says he hasn't looked at the stats even once this spring. He's going by what he and the coaches see in Pronk's at-bats, and what they see is progress.
  • The rest of us finally got a taste of that progress today, as Hafner hit a lined solo shot out to right-center off Padres right-hander Kevin Correia to lead off the second inning. It was Pronk's first homer of the spring and one of the few times he's really driven the ball this month. Alas, Hafner wasn't heard from again in this one. His timing looked off as he struck out against Eulogio De La Cruz in the seventh.
  • Jhonny Peralta will bat in the fifth spot, Wedge said.
  • Some more good news today on Adam Miller, who threw his slider off the mound for the first time since he began this experiment of pitching without the ability to bend the tip of his right middle finger. Pitching coach Carl Willis said Miller's slider is now more of a "slurve." It's a pitch that needs some work, but the results today were positive enough that we can safely say Miller took another step forward.
  • It's interesting to talk to Willis and the others who are involved in this Miller experiment. Willis said one of the first things they did was have Miller try to pitch with a three-finger grip. That didn't work out so well. Miller has reportedly been very thoughtful in this process, asking all the pertinent questions about the potential surgery and what he has to do to avoid it.
  • Jake Westbrook also threw a bullpen today. He's been doing so every Monday and Friday, and that will continue as the Indians leave camp and Westbrook stays behind. Over the course of April, he'll progress to facing live hitters and eventually get into some games. He could be ready to go out on a rehab assignment by mid- to late-May. Today, Westbrook threw 60 fastballs off the mound and 15 curves and changeups off flat ground.
  • Now that Trevor Crowe's on the big club in place of Affliction model David Dellucci, you can pencil him and Ben Francisco in as the backup center fielder. But as Crowe himself pointed out, that's basically a "once a year" kind of job, given Grady Sizemore's penchant for playing every day. Then again, Wedge did say he expects to give Sizemore more time off this season. I guess we'll see about that.
  • Jhonny Peralta booted the first ball hit to him (or anybody) at third base today.
  • Left-hander Shawn Nottingham -- a Canton native acquired as the player to be named later in the trade that brought Shin-Soo Choo from the Mariners for Ben Broussard -- has been traded to the Pirates for a player to be named later. Nottingham split last season between Class A Kinston and Double-A Akron. He went 3-4 with a 4.58 ERA in 14 starts at Kinston and 0-2 with a 7.09 ERA in 19 relief appearances in Akron.
  • The April 10 home opener has officially sold out. The April 11 and 12 games against the Blue Jays still have seats available, including the $32 "All You Can Eat Seats" in the upper deck and the Pepsi half-off tickets in the bleacher, mezzanine and upper box sections. Those games fall under the "spring value" ticket pricing, which is detailed at Indians.com/valuepricing.
  • Speaking of tickets, you do have a birthday, right? Well, the Akron Aeros wish to recognize this incredible feat by providing you with a free ticket to one of their home games during your birthday month. And if you're one of those unfortunate souls with a birthday from September through March, have no fear of discrimination. Those born from January through March will be treated to a game in April, and those born in September through December will get a free ticket to a game in August. Visit www.akronaeros.com and click on the "Free Ticket on Your Birthday" link to register.

~AC

9 Comments

Hey AC, you might’ve forgotten to mention a strong outing by Pavano. each start this guy makes convinces me he was worth the risk more and more. Oh well…nice outing by Smith, too, as he should’ve had three strikeouts, not just too.

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Julia – what insightful and clever comment can you make about Pistewa Peak? Please go pester the Red Sox site this time.
And, I agree with allstarkid, Pavano has looked consistent – which is encouraging.

Why does everyone hate Julia… poor lass.

I can only guess that leaving Pronk in the middle of the order might be some kind of trial by fire, sink or swim move. Given that we have more guys that can DH now that we used to (with the catcher/1st platoon), perhaps they just want to toss Pronk in the deep end and see if he’s got the chops or not.

Then again, maybe they just think they’ve got nothing to lose, opening at the Rangers and all. If he can’t get hits there against that pitching…

The declarations of Eric Wedge surprises me a lot. It’s amazing that the manager of a Major League Baseball team confesses he “hasn’t looked at the stats even once this spring”. How he says this plain as eating a hot dog & a coke? That could be the only answer to explain some of the the catastrophic decisions he has made concerning with who stay and who’s not on the 25 men Tribe roster. I am thinking that it should be time that the Indians thinks of changing their manager. –an old Tribe fan from Puerto Rico

The declarations of Eric Wedge surprises me a lot. It’s amazing that the manager of a Major League Baseball team confesses he “hasn’t looked at the stats even once this spring”. How he says this plain as eating a hot dog & a coke? That could be the only answer to explain some of the the catastrophic decisions he has made concerning with who stay and who’s not on the 25 men Tribe roster. I am thinking that it should be time that the Indians thinks of changing their manager. –an old Tribe fan from Puerto Rico

The declarations of Eric Wedge surprises me a lot. It’s amazing that the manager of a Major League Baseball team confesses he “hasn’t looked at the stats even once this spring”. How he says this plain as eating a hot dog with a coke? That could be the only answer to explain some of the the catastrophic decisions he has made concerning with who stay and who’s not on the 25 men Tribe roster. I am thinking that it should be time that the Indians thinks of changing their manager. –an old Tribe fan from Puerto Rico

My prediction is simply this: after 6 weeks of the season Trevor Crowe will supplant Ben Francisco as the everyday left fielder. At which point the Indians will swallow the $4M pill that is David Dellucci and rightly kick him to the curb. Shapiro regrets the 3 year deal he offered from moment one. Losing a deteriorating veteran despite the monetary guarantee is their best option.

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