This one's all right, Jeff. Nothing too special, but worth a click if you've got a few minutes to kill.
By Anthony Castrovince/MLB.com
Was sitting in my friend’s overpriced Wicker Park apartment during Tuesday’s off day when a 16-coach train came rumbling through the basement of the unit.
Wait, upon further review, that wasn’t a locomotive. It was a laundry washer finishing up its spin cycle.
Then I heard the sound of a grenade being set off in the courtyard outside.
No, wait, upon further review, that was merely the sound of the unit’s main door slamming shut.
Then I heard the sound of bells — like Santa’s sleigh passing overhead, jingling all the way.
Turns out that was just my friend’s wife carrying her set of keys. There are six of them for the apartment — one for the outside gate, one for the main door to the unit, one for the deadbolt on their door, one for the main lock on their door, one for the back door and, of course, one for the mail. She had duplicates of these keys made at Home Depot. The bill was $36.
In Cleveland, $1,200 a month buys you the peace and prosperity of a penthouse suite.
In Chicago, $1,200 a month buys you the soundtrack that slowly leads to insanity.
Looking forward to getting home.
EXCRUCIATING MINUTIAE OF THE DAY…
- Some Indians.com links for you: Luis Valbuena made his 2010 debut and is targeting more time against lefties, Russell Branyan hits the rehab trail Thursday in C-bus, Manny Acta says Jake Westbrook’s Opening Day wild pitches weren’t the fault of rookie catcher Lou Marson and the Indians still can’t believe that Mark Buehrle flip.
- It was a miserable day in the Windy City — cold, rainy and dreary. But the groundskeepers here at U.S. Cellular Field told Acta there was a “window” in which tonight’s game could be played, and they were right. “I don’t know if it was Windows ’98 or Windows 2000,” Acta joked.
- Acta called White Sox ace Jake Peavy (who insisted on Buehrle getting his now-traditional Opening Day nod) a “tough hombre.” The Indians made him work tonight. He threw 106 pitches in five innings.
- The goal for the Tribe batters this season is to work the opposition for at least 150 pitches per game. The thinking is that if they work into that range, they’re going to exhaust the opposing starter early on a regular basis. That’s what you saw tonight against Peavy.
- Until the Indians erupted with a three-run fourth inning off Peavy, they had spent the first 12 innings of the season batting .146 (6-for-41) and hadn’t reached third base. Asdrubal Cabrera had three of those six hits.
- Reason No. 38,497 why Spring Training stats are meaningless: Fausto Carmona walked two batters in 26 innings in Arizona. He walked six in six innings of work tonight. It was a weird one-hitter.
- Team Marketing Report, based here in Chicago, does an annual Fan Cost Index (FCI) for all 30 MLB teams. The FCI comprises the prices of two adult average-price tickets, two child average-price tickets, two small draft beers, four small soft drinks, four regular-size hot dogs, parking for one car, two game programs and two least expensive, adult-size adjustable caps. Taking all this into account, the Tribe’s FCI of $180.49 ranked 15th in the game, falling below the MLB average of $195.08.
- That average, for the record, went down 0.6 percent from 2009 to 2010, according to TMR’s research. The Indians’ average ticket price of $22.12 (league average is $26.74) and average premium ticket price of $61.62 (league average is $88.38) did not change from last year.
- The Minor League season gets underway Thursday, with Triple-A Columbus, Double-A Akron, Class A Kinston and Class A Lake County all having their openers. Let’s take a look at their respective rotations, shall we?
- Columbus: RHP Carlos Carrasco, RHP Hector Rondon, RHP Yohan Pino, RHP Jeanmar Gomez, LHP Scott Lewis.
- Akron: RHP Zach Putnam, LHP Scott Barnes, RHP Connor Graham, RHP Paolo Espino, LHP Ryan Edell.
- Kinston: LHP Kelvin De La Cruz, LHP Nick Hagadone, RHP Alex White, LHP T.J. House, RHP Alexander Perez.
- Lake County: RHP Trey Haley, RHP Joe Gardner, RHP Danny Salazar, RHP Austin Adams/RHP Marty Popham, RHP Clayton Cook.
- Speaking of the Minors, SportsTime Ohio will air two Clippers games this month: April 13 against Louisville and April 29 against Charlotte. Both games are at 6:30 p.m. ET.
- And speaking of STO, tonight they debuted a “Web Wednesday” segment on the pregame telecast featuring yours truly. I’ll be on each week to discuss goings-on with the Tribe and promote the Indians.com content. So tune in and watch me try to figure out where to put my hands.