"Rest assured I was on the Internet within minutes, registering my disgust throughout the world."
It seems I’ve struck a nerve with the rabid (and, in the unfortunate case of a couple of the comments below, surprisingly crass) Wonder Girls fan base.
Effeminate high school boys are picketing outside the press box, and my approval rating among prepubescent South Koreans has never been lower.
To the Wonder Girls community, I humbly beg for forgiveness. And to the CastroTurf community, I happily report that the Wonder Girls, more often than not, do not resort to lip synching to pull off their dazzling dance moves. While they certainly did appear to be lip synching during their brief display on the Progressive Field Party Deck during Sunday’s game, it didn’t affect the integrity of the performance nearly as much as the ballpark sound system cutting out and leaving the 17,911 in attendance with about a minute and a half of the sounds of silence.
My respect and esteem for the Wonder Girls has grown by leaps and bounds, now that I’ve gotten a taste of what a fervent following they command. And I will keep the good vibes going by pledging to never use this space to erroneously report that the Jonas Brothers don’t write their own songs and Miley Cyrus does not do her own choreography.
With that out of the way, let’s return to real life… or at least our own warped version of it.
EXCRUCIATING MINUTIAE OF THE DAY…
- Grady Sizemore’s elbow surgery is confirmed for Wednesday at the Cleveland Clinic. Team medical director Dr. Mark Schickendantz will perform the arthroscopic procedure.
- Lou Marson is here, and this final month of the season will be an important time for him to not only prove he’s capable at this level but also to learn the Tribe’s pitching staff inside and out. “To be honest with you, it’s going to take a while to learn not only their names but what they throw,” Marson said. “It’s not one of those things that happens overnight.”
- Eric Wedge said Marson won’t play every day (which is obvious, considering the Indians are now carrying four catchers). But Marson will obviously get a firm look, considering the Tribe’s 2010 catching outlook and the fact that Marson has a chance to be the regular starter next season.
- The Indians felt it was important to get Marson up here today, even though Columbus has one game left, because they wanted to pair him with Carrasco. They think that pairing will benefit both pitcher and catcher. “I’ve been catching him since 2004 in the Gulf Coast League,” Marson said of Carrasco. “I’m tougher on him than I am on some of the other guys.”
- I must be getting older, because Marson looks really young to me.
- Wedge said the Indians will call up one more player after Columbus’ game tonight.
- Regarding a CastroTurf Commenter’s question about Kerry Wood’s vesting option status, Wood has finished 44 games this season, with 26 to play. He needs to reach 55 for his $11 million option for 2011 to vest. It’s starting to get interesting.
- Matt LaPorta, as you’ve no doubt noticed, has not seen any time at first base in the games. But he continues to do pregame work at the position with infield coach Luis Rivera, and the reports have been positive. “Luis feels good about his progress over there,” Wedge said. Wedge said it’s important that LaPorta get comfortable at first, in case the Indians need him at that spot next season. He also said there’s still a chance LaPorta will see time at first before this season is over.
- It will be interesting to see Omar Vizquel at third base tonight. He’s been filling in for an injured Michael Young. MLB.com’s Rangers scribe, T.R. Sullivan, is already calling Omar the best defensive third baseman in Rangers’ history. And this comes after he dubbed him the best defensive second baseman in Rangers’ history earlier this year.
- According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Michael Brantley is just the second Indians player in the last 50 years to hit safely in his first six games in the big leagues. The only other was Josh Bard, who hit in nine straight games to open his career in 2002.
- David Huff is now tied with Carl Pavano for the team lead in wins, with nine. That is really sad.
- But how about Yohan Pino, the player to be named from the Pavano trade with the Twins? He won his second start for Columbus on Sunday, working seven scoreless innings in which he allowed just five hits with two walks and six strikeouts. He is now a combined 4-2 with a 2.49 ERA in 10 starts between Columbus and Triple-A Rochester this year.