"These go to 11."
The Chicago regional of the 2009 U.S. Air Guitar Championships takes place tonight in Wrigleyville. Not that I’m telling you anything you didn’t already know.
Apparently, unbeknownst to me, the Cleveland regional took place earlier this week. Congrats to Dave Weissman (whose Spinal Tap spinoff stage name is “Derek Not So Smalls”) for winning that event for the third year straight.
Unfortunately, the reigning Chicago region champ, Justin Howard (stage name: Nordic Thunder) is unable to perform tonight, due to an air guitar-related back injury.
The regionals are held in 25 cities, with the winners of each region advancing to the U.S. finals (location yet to be announced) in August. And the winner there moves on to the world championship in Finland.
All this goes to show we’ve really come a long way as human beings, haven’t we?
EXCRUCIATING MINUTIA OF THE DAY…
- Whoever predicted Josh Barfield would be out of the lineup after going 2-for-4 last night was spot-on. Congrats. You’ve been paying attention this season.
- Eric Wedge said Barfield was in there Friday because Wedge didn’t want to have Jamey Carroll playing five straight days with a fractured right middle finger. But Carroll has past numbers against Gavin Floyd (4-for-9 with two doubles), so he’s back in there today. Still not exactly sure why Luis Valbuena gets the starting nod over
- Jake Westbrook is making his first rehab start for Double-A Akron today, getting the nod in the first game of a doubleheader at Altoona.
- Rotation-wise, the Indians are hoping to hold on for dear life this month until Westbrook (who will need probably four to six starts in the Minors) and Aaron Laffey are ready to come off the DL. With three off days in a 15-day span, beginning Monday, the Tribe can get a little creative with the rotation and perhaps skip a guy along the way.
- Still no determination as to when Tomo Ohka will get a start. The Indians’ spot for Thursday against the Royals is TBD.
- Right-handed reliever Joe Smith will be back with the Tribe any day now. If I had to guess, I’d say Tuesday. Smith threw a perfect inning against Charlotte yesterday, striking out all three batters he faced. He has worked four scoreless innings in four appearances on his rehab from a strained right rotator cuff. “It’s been good for him to be down there to get the appearances he needs to get comfortable,” Wedge said.
- Regarding a comment I read from yesterday’s post, Carl Pavano, at his current rate, is projected to go 17-11 with a 4.63 ERA in 205 innings over 34 starts this season. If that were to happen, Pavano would make an additional $3.5 million in performance incentives, on top of the $1.5 million he is guaranteed this season. So, $5 million total. Obviously, this is just a projection, so take it for what it’s worth, but it gives you a pretty good idea of how Pavano’s contract is structured.
- If you could somehow take away Pavano’s disastrous Tribe debut in Texas on April 9 (nine runs on six hits in one inning), he would be 6-3 with a 3.55 ERA right now.
- Akron manager Mike Sarbaugh earned his 400th career managerial win with last night’s 12-5 victory at Altoona.
- Finally, condolences go out to SportsTime Ohio broadcaster Matt Underwood after the death of his mother, Sophia, this week. Al Pawlowski is filling in on the STO broadcasts.