"You've chosen to shave your hair. That's a look you're cultivating in order to look fashionable. We don't consider you part of the bald community."
I have no statistical evidence to back this up (and, in fact, I’m quite certain I don’t want statistical evidence to back this up), but I believe this current crop of Tribe players contains the most shaved heads in club history.
Be it in an effort to be fashionable, an effort to decrease air resistance and increase comfort or an effort to mask oncoming baldness, three guys in this clubhouse — Chris Gimenez, Justin Masterson and Jensen Lewis — are sporting naked noggins.
Toss in clubbie Josh Ball and his depilated dome, and you have a congregation of cue balls, a home for the hairless.
So if you want to show your support for the latest incarnation of the Indians, by all means grab a razor and go crazy, folks, go crazy.
If nothing else, this could open the door to the Tribe getting corporate sponsorship from Bic.
EXCRUCIATING MINUTIA OF THE DAY…
- Matt LaPorta will see “regular time” in the outfield and at first base, according to Eric Wedge. Where LaPorta’s future ultimately lies is still a matter of mystery, as both left field and first base appear wide open for the outset of 2010.
- Wedge said the Indians had planned to get LaPorta up here before September, regardless of Crowe’s injury, because pre-September at-bats are considered more meaningful than September at-bats. That’s all well and good, but it’s Aug. 19. I’m not sure when this pre-September promotion was going to take place, but clearly those meaningful at-bats would have been in short supply.
- Why isn’t LaPorta in tonight’s lineup? Because he was en route from Toledo and wasn’t set to arrive until just before gametime.
- As for Crowe, he’ll be out two to four weeks. And this news comes a day after both Wedge and Crowe said they expected Crowe to be back in the lineup tonight. An MRI exam today revealed the strain to be more serious than originally thought.
- Shin-Soo Choo is now the backup center fielder for your Cleveland Indians.
- When’s the last time you felt supremely confident that Travis Hafner would come through with a big hit in the clutch. It’s been at least two and a half seasons, right? While Pronk’s playing time has been affected by his shoulder injury, his overall numbers haven’t been horrible. But his performance in the clutch is another matter, as he’s hitting .209 with runners in scoring position, .129 with RISP and two out, .182 (2-for-11) with the bases loaded and .125 (1-for-8) with the bases loaded and less than two out.
- Asdrubal Cabrera is now ninth in the AL in batting average (.316) after going 4-for-5 on Tuesday night. His .816 OPS is fourth among AL shortstops (and first among AL shortstops who illogically began the season at second base), and he’s hit safely in 12 straight games and 23 of 25.
- The Tribe’s stretch of seven home games without a homer is the longest in the history of Progressive (nee Jacobs) Field. It’s the longest such stretch by a Tribe club since August 1991.
- Incredibly, the Indians hit just 22 homers in 82 home games in that 1991 season at Cleveland Stadium and had a 13-game homerless stretch in June of that year.
- The MLB Network will air the RBI Senior Girls Championship from Aug. 14 this Sunday at 1 p.m. ET. The Cleveland Baseball Federation team played that game against Hawaii. I won’t spoil the ending for you here.
- All right, fine, they lose 3-0.
- That film crew is still here following Shin-Soo Choo around for a documentary for MBC in South Korea. Today, they interviewed Grady Sizemore and Wedge during batting practice. How do you say “grind it out” in Korean?
- Outfielder Donovan Tate, the No. 3 overall selection in the Draft this year, opted to sign with the Padres (for $6.25 million) the other night and pass up an opportunity to play football for the University of North Carolina (for free). I’m sure money made his choice quite a bit easier, but, nonetheless, he hit that same fork in the road crossed by Sizemore back in 2000. “I was still a kid at the time,” Sizemore said. “You don’t know what’s best for your future, but you just go with your gut. Baseball was kind of what I felt like I had the best chance to succeed with, so I went for it. … But I missed football. I still miss football. I enjoy watching it. You can always look back and wonder, ‘What if?’ But I’m happy with what I’m doing now.”
- The Indians are teaming up with Operation Homefront for a school supply drive on Gateway Plaza tomorrow to benefit military families. Tribe fans can assist in this cause by donating school supplies and backpacks on the plaza and at Gates A, C and D of Progressive Field throughout the 7:05 p.m. ET game against the Angels. Kids participating in the drive with a donation will receive a voucher for a free upper box ticket to any September home game.
- Finally, congratulations to my friend and yours, WTAM’s Tribe beat reporter Mark Schwab, who is getting married in Houston this weekend. Here’s wishing him and his bride Texas-sized happiness.