Everybody form a line

It’s a good thing that Fill the House charity program wasn’t held last night at Progressive Field. That crowd couldn’t fill a shed.

The attendance was announced as 11,408, but that’s obviously tickets sold, not fannies in the seats. I’m not good at estimating such things, but if there were 2,000 people here, I’d be shocked.

What always amazes me in such situations is when people show up on such a night and sit in their assigned seat. You’d think they’d be directed to the seats directly behind the plate. At least then it would look a little more presentable on TV.

And if you were at last night’s game and didn’t come out with a home run or foul ball, you simply weren’t trying.

Well, it’s another cold night and, I’m assuming, another sparse crowd tonight. But it should nonetheless be a major improvement over last night’s situation, which, between the weather and the goings-on next door at the Q, made for a perfect storm for not-so-perfect attendance.

And those in the Tribe’s ticket sales department needn’t worry. It should warm up by June, and the marathon NBA playoffs should be over by August.

EXCRUCIATING MINUTIA OF THE DAY…

  • Victor Martinez is on fire. Over the last nine games, he’s 16-for-36 (.444) with eight runs scored. For the season, he’s tied for first in the AL in multi-hit games (eight), tied for third in hits (23), third in total bases (41), fourth in average (.397), tied for fourth in homers (five) and tied for seventh in OPS (1.170).
  • Eric Wedge on Martinez: “”He’s an emotional leader for us. The time he missed last year bothered him. You knew he’d come back with a belly full of fire, and it’s just starting to play out.”
  • LHP Scott Lewis will head to Goodyear this week to begin his return-to-throw program in earnest. As of now, Lewis is limited to playing catch.
  • Online balloting for the 2009 All-Star Game began today at MLB.com. In-park balloting at Progressive Field and all Indians Team Shops will begin April 28 and last through June 17.
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  • According to Elias Sports Bureau, LHP Aaron Laffey became the first pitcher in 39 years to induce a GIDP in five consecutive innings. The last was Tigers pitcher Leo Cain on May 6, 1970. Now that’s how you raise Cain, folks.
  • Say what you want about Laffey’s opponent in his two starts, but the Indians have waited all month for somebody to go seven innings and Laffey was the first. “That speaks for itself,” Wedge said.
  • Wedge admitted that in a “perfect world,” Tony Sipp would have had a little more grooming time in Columbus. But this is obviously an imperfect ‘pen.
  • Last night’s activity aside, Wedge still thinks Joe Smith is going to be effective against left-handers. “I’m confident he’s going to make it happen,” Wedge said. “We see some things we feel can help him with his approach. His stuff is real. He’s a tough kid, and he’s got some presence on the mound. The more he gets out there, the more you feel that.”
  • David Dellucci was 2-for-4 with three runs scored in today’s game and 2-for-4 last night at Columbus. He’s 5-for-12 in his rehab assignment, which began Monday, playing solely at DH so far. Dellucci’s rehab will probably go the 20-day distance. “It’s not just about the [calf] injury,” Wedge said. “It’s also about repetition. He needs to go out and perform and be able to do it on a daily basis.”
  • Luis Valbuena had a 13-game streak of reaching base safely. It was snapped today, when he went 0-for-4. Valbuena batted .333 (15-for-45) with a .467 OBP during the streak.
  • Lonnie Chisenhall, the Tribe’s first-round Draft selection last year, hit a grand slam for Class A Kinston in a 15-5 win over South Carolina.
  • Asdrubal Cabrera has a new tattoo on his right bicep. I don’t know what it is, but it’s huge.

~AC

14 Comments

I hope you can stay warm & dry tonight! It isn’t any better in Boston.

Julia
http://werbiefitz.mlblogs.com/

The real question is: does Asdrubal Cabrera’s new tattoo resemble a design on an Affliction t-shirt?

If so, I am saddened. . .

I don’t care if Dellucci is breaking records in AAA he has no spot on the Tribe.

I’m with bobwickman. I don’t care how well Dellucci does in AAA, I don’t want him back.

Yeah, even if Dellucci is able to put up career numbers on a regular basis, we should cut him and eat his $4 million salary so he can go to another team and have that career season.

Oh, wait, that doesn’t make sense at all.

The man has to prove himself, yes, but let’s not get crazy. If he’s hitting the ball well and can produce, get him in there and let Crowe get every day time Columbus.

Even I’ll admit that’s a pretty big “if,” though.

I was sort of joking. If he comes up and can play at the big league level, I’ll take him but I really like Trevor. So he’d have to really well for me to be okay with leaving Trevor down for awhile.

Hey AC, keep up the awesome work. I live in Chicago now and I follow 3 teams. The cubs for social reasons (every transplant does), the sox cause my cousin made the team and the indians cause I’m from Cleveland. Here is why you are the beat MLB blogger… “Asdrubal Cabrera has a new tattoo on his right bicep. I don’t know what it is, but it’s huge.”
I mean seriously, who cares about that other than indians fans who check the site everyday. That is why I read you blog, for random stuff that doesn’t really matter. I check out Scott Merkin’s blog here and he sucks. I mean the dude hasn’t even posted in 5 days.
Thanks for giving us insight into the minutia of the day. I’m glad the questions you ask during the day get posted and I have something to read everyday at work.

Also if you see Scott Merkin (or his boss) at the next sox/tribe game, tell him he sucks the big one and should be fired.

Bob Wickman… he’s a bum!

I’m from the NY area, and every summer I go to cleveland for a couple weeks to visit family and friends. I always went to one or two indians games at the Jake. That was the highlight of my trip as I am a huge tribe fan. About 5 years ago, they were playing the yankees and were down 7-1 in the ninth. We were sitting in the third deck in right field and we were just about the only fans left in the jake. The indians rallied for a couple runs and the yankees actually had to bring in Rivera. Well we moved down to the bottom of the third deck and the ushers were there quickly to send us right backup. At first I thought they were joking but then they called security. My tribe lost 7-4 and I’ve never gone back.

I’m from the NY area, and every summer I go to cleveland for a couple weeks to visit family and friends. I always went to one or two indians games at the Jake. That was the highlight of my trip as I am a huge tribe fan. About 5 years ago, they were playing the yankees and were down 7-1 in the ninth. We were sitting in the third deck in right field and we were just about the only fans left in the jake. The indians rallied for a couple runs and the yankees actually had to bring in Rivera. Well we moved down to the bottom of the third deck and the ushers were there quickly to send us right backup. At first I thought they were joking but then they called security. My tribe lost 7-4 and I’ve never gone back.

“David Dellucci was 2-for-4 with three runs scored in today’s game and 2-for-4 last night at Columbus. He’s 5-for-12 in his rehab assignment, which began Monday, playing solely at DH so far.”

Well I care and thank you Anthony for the updates, I try to keep up with both the minors (because of Dave and Josh) and the Majors not easy when their on at or about the sametime. So I am happy to see that you are keeping track.

Might I add to your stat that on that first night he successfully stole second base twice. Has 5 runs, 1 RBI, walked 2 times, and struck out 1 time. His stats in those 3 games are.. OBP SLG AVG OPS = .500 .417 .417 .917

Barfield is not doing to bad either. 6 for 20 in 5 games, with 5 runs, with 2 RBI’s, 2 walks, and 2 strikeouts. OBP SLG AVG OPS = .364 .300 .300 .664

Again Thank you!

Destiny – I thought I was the only one who cared about David & Josh… wow…

Nope bern your not alone, as a matter of fact I keep up with the [url=http://www.minorleaguebaseball.com/index.jsp?sid=t445]Clipper Games[/url] they have a free gameday audio (though I paid for the Major league one lol). But I am glad as well to know I am not alone, in caring what happens to Josh and Dave.

after all of my remarks about Aaron Laffey is there ANY doubt that AC put that paragraph in his posting for MY benefit?

“Say what you want about Laffey’s opponent in his two starts, but the Indians have waited all month for somebody to go seven innings and Laffey was the first. “That speaks for itself,” Wedge said.”

That is classic. Hey AC, I’m obviously a huge fan of the site and the Tribe. If you think I’m too harsh on Laffey, send me an email and we’ll talk about it off the record. I would certainly enjoy the conversation without big brother looking over your shoulder.

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