Give me hope, give me comfort, get me to a better place
Walking 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:
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
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.
EXCRUCIATING MINUTIA OF THE DAY…
- 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.