Give me hope, give me comfort, get me to a better place

tompetty.jpgWalking down E. 9th Street, en route to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s Bruce Springsteen Fan Fest (which is worth about 19 separate blog entries on its own) this afternoon, my friend and I passed a CVS. On a placard listing the store hours was the name of the store manager:

Tom Petty.

I’ve passed this store many times over the last few years, and Tom’s name is always listed there. He clearly is doing a fine job and is secure in his position.

Or maybe not. My friend and I got to thinking… What if this Tom Petty guy is actually doing a horrible job — the shelves go unstocked for weeks at a time, the bathroom’s never clean, they’re serving spoiled milk, there’s always money missing from the register at the
cvs.jpg end of the night. But the CVS district manager in charge of this particular store is a huge, huge fan of that other Tom Petty — the one who, of course, is enshrined in the aforementioned Rock Hall — and just doesn’t have the courage or the nerve to fire a guy with the same name as his idol?

Now, that’s job security. If the guy running the photo lab is named Mike Campbell and the guy in charge of the pharmacy is Benmont Tench, we’ll know for sure that something’s up.


  • The Indians flip-flopped David Huff and Tomo Ohka in the rotation last week, figuring Ohka could be skipped for two turns in the rotation with the upcoming off days. Following Ohka’s strong start Saturday, the Tribe has not announced its plans for the fourth spot going forward. Obviously, Huff has also pitched well, and you’d have to imagine the Indians would lean toward the younger guy with more upside. “We haven’t discussed anything,” Eric Wedge said. “We don’t have to make a decision yet.”
  • Actually, by the time the Indians must make that decision, Jake Westbrook and/or Aaron Laffey could be ready to rejoin the rotation. So it will be interesting to see how Jeremy Sowers and Huff pitch over the next couple weeks, potentially with their big-league job on the line.
  • Speaking of Laffey, who is recovering from a strained right oblique muscle, he threw his third bullpen session Saturday and will throw a simulated session against hitters on Monday. He said he’ll then rest two days before going out on a Minor League rehab assignment. “Right now, they’re building me back up as a starter,” Laffey said. “I don’t think it will be too long a process, but the main thing is to build my pitch count back up.”
  • Wedge stated the obvious — Jhonny Peralta would be this club’s regular third baseman, if everybody in the infield were healthy. “I see him as a guy at third base and occasionally at shortstop,” Wedge said. It’s a conversation Wedge said he’s had with Peralta multiple times.
  • Peralta is 4-for-his-last-27.
  • No. 1 Draft pick Alex White went nine strong innings for North Carolina against Arizona State today, but he took a no-decision. White allowed just a run on seven hits with three walks and 12 strikeouts, but the Tar Heels went on to lose, 5-2, in 11 innings. On the other side, No. 2 pick Jason Kipnis started for Arizona State in center field and the two hole and went 1-for-4 with a walk and a run scored.
  • Double-A Akron right-hander Hector Rondon was pulled after just four scoreless innings in his start against Portland today. He gave up one hit with one walk and three strikeouts. According to the Aeros’ release, Rondon was pulled because he reached his pitch limit. He left a game earlier this month with biceps soreness, so he’s on a strict count.
  • Don’t forget about the American Red Cross blood drive, taking place on Gateway Plaza before Tuesday’s game.
  • Since his activation from the DL, Travis Hafner, who is off tonight, has hit .238 (5-for-21) with a double, homer and two RBis in six games.
  • Kelly Shoppach has struck out in each of his last four at-bats and seven of his last 15. He’s in a 4-for-32 funk.
  • After hearing at least one Billy Ocean song a day the last three days, I’m officially ready for the “80s Weekend” at Progressive Field to come to an end.



I want to hear about the Springsteen Fan fest!


First off – way to go Cliff.
I hope this series proves to be a turning point on the season. Saturday they looked to be asleep. Tonight, they beat a Cy Young and MVP winner. I hope they focus on winning series’. The standings will sort themselves out; but getting closer to .500 is crucial for this squad. Over the next few weeks, they will get (many) players back – which will only booster this team on all sides of the game.
Baby steps

What a great game — and on national TV, no less! It’s good to remind people just how great Cliff has been lately.
And, hey, we’re back to six games back! What are the chances we can pick up 1 or 2 more games by the end of the month?

I know these things never go the way they’re supposed to, but — on paper, at least — the match-ups for the week look pretty good. Tuesday could be the only really imbalanced one, but it looks like we have a chance of getting to their bullpen if we have some good ABs.
Four games separate all the teams in the NL Central. Six games separate all the teams in the AL Central. That’s crazy.

“I feel the exact same way, but it must be hard for you, I mean, having the same name as him. I celebrate the guy’s entire catalogue. But anyway, let’s get down to business, Michael!”

we’re back to six games back! What are the chances we can pick up 1 or 2 more games by the end of the month?
Herpes Remedies

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