It's Independence Day for me this time
Indians iTrac vision trainer Jason Stein — known in this and many circles as the “Master of Self-Promotion” — poses what I consider to be an interesting holiday query.
How did Independence Day come to be known more commonly as the Fourth of July, rather than its proper title? And why doesn’t this treatment extend to other holidays? I’ve never been approached by somebody in a ghost costume who said, “Boo! It’s the 31st of October!” And I’ve never seen a guy in a Santa Claus suit say, “Ho! Ho! Ho! Merry 25th of December!”
The only other day in the Fourth of July camp is Cinco de Mayo. But that’s just because people love to say “cinco.”
EXCRUCIATING MINUTIA OF THE DAY…
- The debate will rage as to whether the right decision has been made, but, no matter what your feelings are on Eric Wedge, perhaps you’ll agree that if the Indians are indeed going to stick with him, then Mark Shapiro did the right thing today by definitively addressing his job security for the remainder of the season. Letting this thing fester doesn’t help matters on any front. And if anything, such an announcement should have been made when this speculation began to get out of control two weeks ago. But, obviously, Shapiro needed ownership’s backing.
- I have to wonder if the announcement was delayed to be made at a point when the Indians were playing better baseball. It certainly would be more difficult to make that announcement with the Tribe in the midst of losing 14 of 17 games.
- Anyway, contracts aside, it’s obvious that nothing is guaranteed to Wedge or his staff beyond 2009, so this will be an interesting second half. What does Shapiro want to see in the second half? “I want to see some development,” he said. “We have some young players that we need to get back on track to ensure the team is in a position to do what we want to do next year.” Shapiro listed Fausto Carmona, Rafael Perez, Asdrubal Cabrera and Luis Valbuena, in particular. “There are a lot of young players we need to see develop so that we have a better base for making evaluations going into the offseason,” he said.
- Regarding trades, Shapiro didn’t reveal anything earth-shattering. He continues to have active conversations and continues to search for young pitching. Nothing appears imminent, but imminent is a relative term when you get into July.
- Down on the farm, the big move today was right-hander Hector Rondon’s promotion to Triple-A Columbus. Rondon was 7-5 with a 2.75 ERA at Double-A Akron. His ERA was the fifth-best in the Eastern League, and he was tied for fifth in the league with 73 strikeouts in just 72 innings.
- The Tribe entered today having won six straight against the A’s, dating back to last year.
- C Carlos Santana has three homers and seven RBIs over his last three games at Double-A Akron.