Every year's a souvenir that slowly fades away
A scalper outside Progressive Field the other night was wearing the Tribe’s alternate blue jersey.
I didn’t think much of it, until I saw this gentleman turn around to reveal that the jersey bore the name and number of one Hector Luna.
Now, seeing somebody wearing an outdated jersey is not uncommon. I’m pretty sure you can walk through this ballpark on any given night and find someone still wearing a Vizquel or Lofton or even the occasional Thome jersey.
But Hector Luna? The guy who made about 15 errors while trying, unsuccessfully, to win the Indians’ utility infield job in Spring Training ’07? Who knew they even made such a jersey for public consumption?
I know the Indians ticket scalping market can’t exactly be bustling these days, but this guy needs to dole out a few bucks for a serious upgrade.
Might I suggest Mike Rouse?
EXCRUCIATING MINUTIAE OF THE DAY…
- Eric Wedge hasn’t even been relieved of his duties yet, and we’ve already had a favorite to replace him and, now, a name nixed from the search. Unfortunately for many Tribe fans, the favorite just so happens to be the name nixed, as FOXSports.com reported today that Red Sox pitching coach John Farrell has a clause in his contract that he cannot accept a managerial job elsewhere until after the 2010 season.
- Farrell seemed to some to be a natural fit for the Tribe’s (likely) soon-to-be-vacant managerial post, because of his background as the farm director here from 2001-06 and the acclaim he’s earned in the industry for his work in Boston. The two sticking points with Ferrell were expected to be salary and his lack of managerial experience.
- If the FOXSports.com report is accurate, that’s all moot now. And the Indians, who no doubt must be mentally lining up their options for Wedge’s replacement if they’re going to pull the trigger at season’s end, will have to look elsewhere. It seems a given that the Tribe would look outside the organization to fill the job.
- Matt LaPorta (left hip inflammation) is back out of the lineup. Wedge said it was best to back off LaPorta because of the field conditions tonight. “We don’t want to risk losing him for the rest of the year,” Wedge said. Wedge said LaPorta won’t be at 100 percent for the rest of this season, and it sounds like it will be a few days before he’s ready to play in the field.
- Joe Smith (left knee sprain) is scheduled to throw his third bullpen session Sunday. If all goes well, he could be ready to come off the DL, Wedge said.
- That was a big outing for Jose Veras last night. Chris Perez had the night off, and Veras stepped up in the setup role. Since his Sept. 1 promotion from Columbus, Veras has allowed four runs, only one of which was earned, on six hits with three walks and 12 strikeouts over 9 2/3 innings in seven appearances. He’s pitching himself into consideration for next year’s bullpen, but the catch is that he’ll be arbitration-eligible.
- If you’re wondering, the Tribe’s other arb-eligibles will be Kelly Shoppach, Anthony Reyes and Rafael Perez. Perez will likely be a Super 2. Smith will be close to Super 2 status, but he probably won’t make the cut.
- After a dicey weather outlook, tonight’s game is about to get underway. Should the weather intervene again, my personal suggestion is that you find a way to tune in to watch the mighty Ohio Bobcats topple 21-point-favorite Tennessee. Upset special.
- Finally, best of luck tomorrow to Tribe media relations director Bart Swain, who be participating in a Half Ironman competition. That’s a 1.2-mile swim, followed by a 56-mile bike, topped off with a 13.1-mile run. Sounds pretty easy, right?