Livin' in the future

When your favorite Major League club subjects you to the stylings of Tomo Ohka, Mike Gosling and Winston Abreu on an otherwise splendid Sunday, you probably find yourself more concerned with the Indians’ future, rather than its altogether bleak present.

And I’m right there with you, which is why I’m sitting in the aux box at St. Louis’ Busch Stadium right now, ready to see how Nick Weglarz and Carlos Santana stack up against the game’s premier prospects in the XM All-Star Futures Game.

Unfortunately, all I’m seeing at the moment is a torrential downpour that makes the future look wet. There is a cloud of red hovering over St. Louis on the radar, and, while my Doppler skills might be limited, I am pretty sure you want to be outside under a red radar about as much as you want to eat a red banana (that’s a Mitch Hedberg reference… always cite your sources, kids).

For what it’s worth, I caught up with both Santana and Weglarz before today’s game, and they were pretty excited to be here, even if it meant missing the latest roadie to Erie as the juggernaut that is the Double-A Akron Aeros rolls on. And red radar or not, these guys are going to enjoy themselves.

Santana was hoping to meet up with Victor Martinez tonight, upon the Tribe All-Star’s arrival. Santana, even before he was traded to the Tribe last summer, has long listed Martinez as his favorite Major Leaguer and the player he hopes to emulate. If the fates (or trades or moves to first base) allow, he may be the one to supplant Martinez as the Tribe’s starting catcher, sooner rather than later.

“I would love to play together with my favorite player,” Santana said.

For now, Santana, who is batting .266 with 14 homers, 17 doubles, a triple and 58 RBIs for Akron, is just hoping for a promotion to Triple-A.

Weglarz, meanwhile, appears to have righted himself after a brutal start to the season in which he batted. 056 in April. The Canadian native carried a season average of .247 with 13 homers, 16 doubles, two triples and 59 RBIs into the break.

"I spread my legs apart a bit and was seeing the ball better," he said. "I changed my hands to where I was getting more leverage on the ball and had a more consistent path to the ball. We figured a couple things out, and since then it's been consistent."

I'll have more on Weglarz on Indians.com this afternoon. And I'll keep you updated on all things All-Star week right here on Monday and Tuesday.

15 Comments

“how many jelly beans do you think I want? If you said a handful, you are correct sir.”

“an escalator can never be broken. All it can do is become stairs.”

“I’m against picketing, but I don’t know how to show it.”

“I wrote a screenplay and gave it to my friend that reads screenplays. He told me to rewrite it. I said ‘f!@# that. I’ll just make a copy’.”

“I order a club sandwich all the time. I don’t know how I get away with it. I’m not even a member.”
“Smoking real pot with a guy who looks like Peter Frampton is way cooler than smoking fake pot with the real Peter Frampton.”
“I got frickin potato chips. I do not know my AA BB CC’s”

What does that thing do?
- It keeps stuff fresh.
Then that’s a “fresher”. I’m goin’ on break.

…this is gonna be the best CastroTurf comment thread ever

I think Pringles original intention was to make tennis balls… but on the day the rubber was supposed to show up a truckload of potatoes came. Pringles is a laid-back company, so they just said, “F— it, cut em up!”

So I wish I could play little league now, I’d kick some f—-n’ a–.

If you find yourself lost in the woods, f— it, build a house. “Well, I was lost but now I live here. I have severely improved my predicament.”

I’m sick of following my dreams, man. I’m just going to ask where they’re going and hook up with ‘em later

“I can’t wait until this set is over. I have a roll of Lifesavers in my pocket, and pineapple is next.”

I invite Weglarz to please come to my firm for media training. Look at his statement….”when i spread my legs apart, i see the ball better.” Lord have mercy…..

so let me get this straight. Almost everybody (the media, even the organization) knew that Washington would struggle and maybe be the worst team this year. They are the worst team so far, and they fire the Manager.

A lot of people (media, and the organization) expected Cleveland to be successful and probably make the playoffs this year, but instead are the worst team in the AL, and nobody gets fired. Not the manager, GM, pitching coach, bullpen coach.

Am I missing something?

christopherw, yes you are missing two key factors: (1) Shapiro is spineless and (2) this is a Mitch Hedberg thread, not a baseball thread

Speaking of which, can we get an RIP for Mitch Hedberg? I still remember the first time I saw his stand up routine. He was like a great combination of Hicks and Wright.
Stay off the heroin, kids!

“My friend asked me if I wanted a frozen banana, I said “No, but I want a regular banana later, so … yeah”.
RIP Mitch, you are missed.

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