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It’s a dichotomy of a day.
As part of WKYC’s “Weather Education Days” program, there are thousands of little kids here as part of class field trips. As I walked into the ballpark this morning, the screaming kids were enjoying the song and dance routine of people dressed up as a rain drop, a cloud and a sun (with sunglasses, of course… which is kind of like a bug spraying itself with OFF!). I believe the Jonas Brothers were playing over the speakers, but don’t quote me on that.
And then, on the other end of the spectrum, we’ve got Nathan Followill, drummer for the rock group Kings of Leon, in the house. The Kings are performing tonight at the Tower City Amphitheater — or whatever name it’s referred to these days — and Followill threw out a ceremonial first pitch.
Followill was here at the invitation of Grady Sizemore, who is a big fan of the Kings.
“It’s safe to say that’s my favorite band,” Sizemore said.
Grady met them after a show over the offseason, and he’s a little bummed out that the Indians’ travel plans (they are bound for Tampa immediately following today’s game) won’t allow him to check out tonight’s show.
No word on Sizemore’s feelings about the Jonas Brothers.
EXCRUCIATING MINUTIA OF THE DAY…
- Luis Vizcaino will, indeed, be on that flight to Tampa. Not sure if the official roster move will be made after today’s game or before tomorrow’s game in Tampa, but, one way or another, it will get done. No word on who’s getting the axe, but my gut tells me Masa Kobayashi (my gut has been wrong before, however).
- Pitching coach Carl Willis watched Vizcaino throw two bullpen sessions this week. “He seems to command the ball very well,” Willis said. “The second BP session, the ball came out of his hand much better. It showed some sink. His slider is tough to pick up. There was a noticeable difference from the first to the second time.”
- Hector Rondon’s first exposure to relief work didn’t go so well. Rondon was tagged with three runs, two of which were earned, on six hits in just two innings against Bowie, and he took his first loss of the season.
- The Indians have to be careful not to put so much emphasis on saving the ‘pen that they compromise their ability to bolster the rotation. It’s a sad state of affairs when you can make an argument that the rotation has been the strongest component to the team to this point, and yet it has an 8-15 record and a 5.67 ERA that is the second-worst in the American League. This is an issue addressed in my story on Indians.com today.
- Travis Hafner’s rehab assignment, as expected, will begin Friday in Columbus. He’s hoping to be with the Indians by the end of their 10-game road trip. The rehab can last up to 20 days, if need be, but it should be shorter than that, if all goes to plan.
- Jim Thome now has 14 homers and 42 RBIs in 53 career games against the Indians. He is batting .300 with five doubles, seven homers and 25 RBIs in 26 games as an opponent at Progressive Field. In his career, 183 of his 547 home runs have come in this ballpark.
- Andy Marte is swinging a hot bat for Columbus. He’s batting .382 (18-for-47) with four doubles, a triple, three homers and 14 RBIs over his last 15 games.
- If you’re bored at work, give this baseball quiz a shot.
UPDATE: No official roster move was made after today’s game, though one will come down Friday. I know this much: Masa Kobayashi is on the flight to Tampa.
On a completely unrelated note, today’s game raised $30,580 for Our Lady of the Wayside as part of the Tribe’s “Fill the House for Charity” initiative.