You were just a face in the crowd
It’s come to my attention that all of these blog posts are landing on the Indians’ Facebook page.
This is great news, considering my personal Facebook experiences are pretty much limited to getting friend requests from complete strangers, getting asked to participate in surveys that reveal which Star Wars character I have most in common with, and, of course, getting “poked” by my girlfriend (though neither of us have any idea what this means).
Unfortunately, the good people of Facebook reading the Tribe page are given no indication of who these barely readable blog entries are coming from. So from now on, I’m attaching the above byline information to avoid any confusion and maybe even drum up a little more interest in the CastroTurf community (if such a thing even exists).
If you Facebookians like the blog, feel free to visit. I won’t even ask you to poke me.
EXCRUCIATING MINUTIA OF THE DAY…
- In a sign of the times, the Tribe’s Sept. 5 game against the Twins has been dropped from FOX Sports’ broadcast schedule, so it will not be televised in the Cleveland or Minnesota markets. It will still take place at 4:10 p.m. ET.
- Here’s hoping none of you ran out and bought a Matt LaPorta jersey when he was called up in May, because he’s changed his number already. This time around, he’s No. 7, because his old No. 16 is now taken by Tomo Ohka and the No. 13 he wore in college and in the Minors is taken by Asdrubal Cabrera. “Seven’s a lucky number, too,” LaPorta said. “I’ll take it.”
- LaPorta arrived around the fifth inning last night. Naturally, like so many of us, he hit traffic on Interstate 71 between Columbus and Cleveland. “I was like, ‘Are you kidding me?'” he said.
- Eric Wedge said he’s still not sure how LaPorta’s starts will be divvied up, in terms of position. He’s in left field tonight, but he did some work at first base in the afternoon.
- I asked LaPorta what advice he’d have for fellow No. 1 Draft pick Alex White, who was here today to officially sign his contract and meet with the media. “You just have to continue to do what got you here,” LaPorta said. “Just because you’re a first-rounder doesn’t mean you stop working. That stuff can disappear really quick. Your ultimate goal is not to be a first-rounder, it’s to be a big leaguer.”
- LaPorta’s negotiations with the Brewers (who took him seventh overall in 2007) went much more quickly than White’s did with the Indians. “When they called to say they’re drafting me,” LaPorta said, “they said, ‘If we take you, will you sign for this much?’ And I said, ‘Yeah.’ I didn’t have much [bargaining power], because I was a senior. I couldn’t go back to school.” LaPorta signed for about $2 million.
- As for White negotiations, he told reporters he never seriously considered going back to the University of North Carolina for his senior year. “I felt like I had done everything I could do at the college level,” he said. “I was ready to start my pro career and move on and start taking another path.”
- But White and his agent, Keith Grunewald, did what they had to do, waiting until nearly the last possible minute to agree to terms. Amateur scouting director Brad Grant said Steven Strasburg was not the reason so many players held out so long. They were merely using the system to their advantage. Grant said he expects more players to go that route next year, and the deadline won’t change to a more reasonable hour unless the players’ union agrees to a change in the bargaining agreement.
- White’s father, Bruce, said the negotiations between Alex and the Tribe didn’t really get going until around 10 p.m. Monday night. He also said he’d be shocked if his son spends a penny of his signing bonus right away. Alex drives a 2003 Chevy Tahoe, and he’s apparently pretty happy with it.
- White will report to Double-A Akron to begin a strength and conditioning program that will prep him for the Fall Instructional League. The Indians feel he’ll benefit from being in the playoff atmosphere with the Aeros. Still no decision on where he’ll start next season, but if it’s in Class A Kinston, he’ll only be about a half hour from his Greenville, N.C., roots.
- If you need him, Chris Perez is busy tossing 13 1/3 scoreless innings over his last 13 appearances. He’s walked four, given up three hits and struck out 15 in that span. “He has a great arm,” Wedge said. “He has deception in his delivery. What stands out is he’s doing a better job commanding his fastball and his breaking ball off that.”
- C Lou Marson homered for Columbus last night. He’s batting .360 (18-for-50) with three doubles, one homer and seven RBIs since arriving in the Cliff Lee trade.
- Left-hander Eric Berger tossed six scoreless innings in which he allowed just an infield single in Double-A Akron’s 3-0 win over Bowie last night.
- Congrats to Indians Radio Network pregame show host and in-game producer Jim Rosenhaus for landing tickets to see Bruce Springsteen and the legendary E Street Band at the Q in November. Here’s hoping the Boss plays “Rosalita,” so Rosie and Rosie can be matched in perfect harmony. If you’re not at this show, you should be ashamed of yourself.