Come on up for the rising
As a kid, I was a sucker for Santa Claus, but I never really fell for the Easter Bunny.
Santa was a holiday character I could really get my hands around. Sure, it’s a bit of a stretch to think he slid down the chimney of every house in the world in one night, but when you’re young, you barely even realize there are any houses outside your own city. And I didn’t seem to be suspicious of the fact that my house didn’t have a fireplace. I figured Santa came in through the side door somehow.
But a bunny? No. I may have been a dope then and an even bigger dope now, but even I knew bunnies — what with their lack of opposable thumbs and, well, intellect — couldn’t figure out how to get into people’s houses in the middle of the night. And even if they could, how would they transport all those baskets? These things were never explained.
And the guy dressed up as a bunny at the mall? Who could possibly fall for that? Santa, sure. He’s a guy with a beard. But unless you’re severely drugged, I can’t see any scenario in which you’d look at a six-foot bunny and think it’s anything other than a human being in costume. You can’t tell a bunny what you want in your basket. He has huge ears, sure, but nothing’s really going to register.
So I’ve always appreciated the true meaning of the Easter season — the one that goes beyond Cadbury Eggs and Malley’s chocolates. And for those of you celebrating the holiday today, I wish you all the best this season has to offer.
EXCRUCIATING MINUTIA OF THE DAY…
- As of this pregame writing, the Indians haven’t announced their Wednesday starter to replace Scott Lewis. I’d expect that news to come postgame today, so I’ll be sure to report it here. Kirk Saarloos was supposed to start for Columbus yesterday but was replaced by reliever Tomo Ohka, so that’s certainly suspicious.
- Lewis will be shut down for five to seven days with a mild left forearm strain. He’ll then begin a return-to-throw program. The Indians hope to have him back in two to four weeks.
- Other injury updates will be posted shortly in a story on Indians.com.
- Speaking of injuries, outfielder Matt LaPorta was removed from the Clippers’ second game of a doubleheader in Louisville last night with tightness in his right midsection. The Indians are calling it merely a precautionary move due to the cold weather. LaPorta is 5-for-8 with two doubles, a triple and a homer here in the early going. That’s a ridiculous 2.167 OPS… in three games.
- I was curious to see who would catch Anthony Reyes today, and it’s Victor Martinez, who will also catch Fausto Carmona tomorrow. So if you’re scoring at home, that’s three starts each for Martinez and Kelly Shoppach behind the plate in the season’s first six games.
- The Shoppach-Cliff Lee and Martinez-Carmona pairings are the only locks for now. “I think they’ll play [the rest] by ear all year,” Shoppach said.
- Tribe batters are averaging 9.2 strikeouts per game. Yikes. The pitching woes understandably get all the hype, but I’m still worried about an offense striking out at that rate and going 5-for-39 with runners in scoring position.
- Today’s game is on WMMS 100.7 FM because of the Cavaliers’ conflict on WTAM 1100, and that will be the cast for tomorrow night’s game in Kansas City, as well.
- I didn’t expect to see Trevor Crowe get two starts in the first week of the season, but he was back in there today, giving Ben Francisco a break.
- Plenty of fodder to demonstrate a simple fact: Cliff Lee, thus far, isn’t nearly as effective this year as he was last year. In ’08, he did not lose his second decision until July 6, his 17th start. He did not allow his 11th run until May 8, in his eighth start. According to Elias, he has become only the second reigning Cy Young winner in the last 10 seasons to lose his first two starts of the season (Roy Halladay was the other, in ’04).