"Swimsuit! Evening wear! Talent! Poise!"

As far as I can tell, the only people staying at my Tampa hotel this weekend are the various contestants of the upcoming Miss Florida pageant, their mothers and me.

The girls are here as part of some orientation weekend. Much to my disappointment, none of them have asked me to be their chaperone and personal consultant. So, unfortunately, I can’t give them Kramer-like advice on waist cinchers and posture, and I can’t grill them on potential pageant questions, such as, “If you were Miss Florida, and the U.S. was on the brink of a nuclear war, and the only way the conflict could be averted was if you agreed to sleep with the enemy’s leader, what would you do?”

Let’s just hope none of them make this mistake.


  • Eric Wedge was still pretty upset over what transpired last night. He said he spoke with a few players individually in the wake of the loss but admitted there’s only so much he can say. “There’s only so many ways to describe the same thing,” he said. “What you have to do is keep getting up. If you get knocked down, you have to keep getting up off the mat.”
  • Wedge had to watch the last six and a half innings from his office and the tunnel that runs from the clubhouse to the dugout. Watching on TV, he could see where each pitch was going, relative to where Victor Martinez’s glove was set up. “That probably fired me up even more,” he said.
  • Why did Luis Vizcaino pitch the ninth inning last night? Well, there was no way the Indians would go with Kerry Wood in a tie situation on the road, because then he’d have to work the next inning, as well, and they simply don’t view him as a two-inning option, given his health history. Aaron Laffey and Matt Herges were both unavailable after going multiple innings Thursday. The only other guy, then, was Masa Kobayashi. Wedge didn’t even acknowledge Kobayashi’s availability, which shows you how much of an afterthought Masa has become. All the more reason why you have to assume he’s the one getting bounced when David Huff is promoted tomorrow.
  • The broadcasters apparently thought Mark DeRosa should have been able to make the play at first on Jamey Carroll’s errant throw that kicked in the dirt in the sixth inning. That error allowed a run to score to make it 7-5. Wedge, on the other hand, viewed the play as a bad throw and does not think DeRosa was at fault. “If DeRo makes that play, it’s a great play,” Wedge said.
  • Wedge on Martinez, who is batting an even .400. “He’s just been on a mission. Because he takes our wins and losses so personal, it just killed him to not be a part of it last year. He’s always respected the game and been a great teammate and player. But he’s even more appreciative of being healthy and being able to go out and play. Every pitch in every game, he doesn’t take anything for granted. He’s all in.”
  • Travis Hafner went 0-for-5 in the first game of his rehab assignment at Columbus.
  • OF Michael Brantley was 2-for-4 with an RBIs and three runs scored. He’s hit in four straight games.
  • Double-A Akron left-hander Chuck Lofgren tossed seven innings in which he allowed two runs on six hits with no walks and four strikeouts for a 5-3 win over Altoona. Lofgren is now 2-0 with a 1.59 ERA in six starts. You have to like the way he’s responded this season after a couple down years.
  • OF Nick Weglarz is on a tear at Akron. He went 2-for-4 with the three-run homer that sealed that win over Altoona. He’s batting .444 with a 1.377 OPS in May.



Yes, we should know better than to expect great plays from our players; that’s for other teams.
**Insert comment about seeing Garko make such picks on short hopped throws**

Remember when Shoppach only caught for Byrd? Those were good times.

Season after season, I have had different feelings toward my beloved Cleveland Indians. This is the team that did little to nothing during my upbringing of the 70s/80s. The mid-90s and beyond have provided with ups and downs. But not like this. I can say, for the first time ever, I hate this squad. I dont hate the team or the history – but this squad is awful. I hate them. Their play, their attitude, their results are miserable. Awful. It kills me to say this.

joeybelle, name the line-up for the ’95 team — or the ’97 team. You can probably do it off the top of your head. I know I can.
I hate to beat a dead horse (well, clearly, I don’t, as I seem to do it on a regular basis), but there’s just no chemistry through our team, and thus no consistency.
I understand that part of that is necessary because we’re still trying to find pitching solutions. But only THREE guys in our line-up got hits today and the bottom four in our line-up from today are now hitting a combined average of .186. Our pinch runner (Francisco) entered the game with a higher average than anyone else in the bottom four, and, since I’m still beating a dead horse, Ryan Garko was on the bench again (and his average against righties is, in fact, higher than everyone in the last four spots of our line-up).
And what do we do with Grady? He has the second worst on base percentage of any lead off hitter in the AL.
I know we have an awful bullpen and a questionable rotation, but I feel like we don’t even give ourselves the best chance of winning anymore. Every day there’s a new line-up and every day I’m baffled by at least some part of it. I don’t know how the players are supposed to find any kind of consistency in that, let alone any type of chemistry that might make them better.

Good to know that we are “United States Americans”.


i can name the line up from the early 80n through well- two seasons ago. This ‘versitle’ line-up management has been aiming for is a lost cause. Stupid and lacks focus. This lack of focus is the reason I cannot name the starting line-up anymore.

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