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If there’s one thing I can’t tolerate (other than Nickelback), it’s bad grammar. And it’s especially disappointing when it appears on permanent objects that have no hope of being edited.
Today, I was standing in the main hallway of the Indians’ Player Development Complex, waiting to interview a coach and perusing the pictures that are hung on the wall. The presentation itself is wonderful. Black-and-white images depicting some of the greatest players and moments in club history are encased in glass are augmented by shades of red. And beneath each photo is an etched-in, written explanation.
This is all well and good, until you take the time to read what’s written below. What caught my eye on this particular day was a photo of members of the 2007 team waiting happily at home plate for Kelly Shoppach to cross after hitting what the caption described as a “three run homerun” against the A’s.
“Three run homerun”? Come on. Even if you want to operate on the faulty premise that “home run” is one word, the least you could do is hyphenate the “three-run” modifier.
And it only got worse when I noticed that on one side of the hallway, Frank Robinson is described as MLB’s first “African-American” manager, while, on the other, Satchel Paige is described as the AL’s first “African American” pitcher. If you’re going to get something wrong, at least get it wrong consistently.
Somebody get me some Wite-Out. (Or as the designer of these displays calls it, “Wite Out.”)
UPDATE: Well, I knew when I wrote about my grammar pet peeve, I was opening myself up to criticism for the typos that sometimes sneak into my copy. And I’d like to say that I do appreciate someone like “
EXCRUCIATING MINUTIAE OF THE DAY…
- Russell Branyan arrived to camp today to take the physical exam that would finalize his one-year, $2 million contract. Expect an announcement, one way or another, on Wednesday.
- Manny Acta can’t (or won’t) say a word about Branyan until the deal is complete. So when his daily media session wrapped up today, Acta told us, “Save some room for tomorrow!”
- Pitchers and catchers held their first official workout this morning. I suppose the biggest news of the day was Jake Westbrook participating in this workout for the first time in two years. He was pretty excited, and pitching coach Tim Belcher had to encourage him to slow down in his 10-minute bullpen session. “I felt like a standard-bred horse driver trying to pull the reins back,” Belcher said. “But Jake’s a rapid-fire kind of guy. He’s always been that way. Even in 10 minutes today, he probably threw five or six or eight more pitches than anybody else.” And Westbrook felt good doing it. I’ll have more on him in an Indians.com story in a little bit.
- Jeremy Sowers (left shoulder inflammation) was also up on the mound today. He threw about 25 pitches, mainly fastballs and a few changeups. He said he was pain-free, but he’s frustrated to be at a point in his preparation that he usually reaches in January.
- You might have read on this blog last fall that Travis Hafner became a daddy in October, when his wife, Amy, gave birth to a son, Blake Lee. I asked Pronk if he’s changing diapers, and he said, “Oh, yeah. The whole nine yards. I do everything but breast-feed.” I’d say that’s a good place to draw the line.
- As you know (or should know), Lou Marson and Wyatt Toregas are the two candidates for the Tribe’s starting catching duties, with veteran Mike Redmond on-hand to serve as the backup. Acta said the Indians won’t have a situation where one of those young guys splits time with Redmond. Whoever wins the job has the job. “We’re not bringing Mike over here to split time,” Acta said. “He’s not going to get 400 at-bats, by any means.” Marson is the front-runner for the position.
- Toregas also became a father this offseason. His wife, Holly, gave birth to a son, Alexander, just last week in Akron.
- Acta continues to talk about potentially using Kerry Wood in four-out save situations.
- Two guys who stood out to me during this morning’s bullpen sessions were right-hander Jeanmar Gomez and left-hander Kelvin De La Cruz. Gomez, who tossed a perfect game and won Eastern League pitcher of the year honors at Akron last year, has a very compact delivery and good control. “He hides the ball well,” Acta said. “He put himself on the map with the season he had last year.” De La Cruz, meanwhile, looks like a left-handed Carmona, in terms of his size. “He has a nice, clean delivery,” Belcher said. “He gets it downhill.”
- Belcher said he’s impressed with the way No. 1 Draft pick Alex White, who also threw today, carries himself. “I know he came from a D-1 program [North Carolina],” Belcher said. “But for his first professional camp, he has a good heartbeat and threw under control.”
- Matt LaPorta was summoned by media relations director Bart Swain today to do an interview and still photo shoot for SportsTime Ohio. Swain told LaPorta to bring his glove for the shoot. “My outfielder’s glove or first baseman’s glove?” LaPorta asked. Great question, Matt. Great question.
- Tony Graffanino, who played with the Tribe and Triple-A Columbus last season, was at the complex this morning. He’s working for Unlimited Potential Inc., a Christian group that reaches out to baseball players.
- The kids in the Indians’ farm system aren’t the only kids Mike Sarbaugh is entrusted with in a given year. Sarbaugh, who managed at Double-A Akron last year and will move up to Triple-A Columbus this season, spends his winters working as a substitute teacher at Governor Mifflin Middle School in Shillington, Pa. “I show up every day, and they tell me where to go,” he said. “One day I’m doing French, the next Spanish, the next science.” Sarbaugh, 42, has been in the Indians’ organization as a player, coach or manager since 1990. He was Eastern League manager of the year last season.
- The official report date for position players is Wednesday. But the only guy who’s not here already is infielder Niuman Romero, who is coming up from Venezuela.