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.
- 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.