"An ice cream truck on a deserted street"
By Anthony Castrovince/MLB.com
Upon arrival to the press box at Target Field today, media members were greeted by three items — a Mr. Potato Head doll, an invitation to try some free Blue Bunny ice cream and a Tonic Sol-fa CD.
What do these three things have in common, you might ask?
Well, according to a press release that accompanied the ice cream invite, Blue Bunny and Tonic Sol-fa are “proud corporate partners.” Those must have been some intense meetings.
They say don’t judge a book by its cover, but they didn’t say anything about Tonic Sol-fa’s CD cover. I’ve posted it here. And, well… you know.
I hope this is not the case, but it is altogether possible that Mr. Potato Head is here to symbolize what happens when you, the consumer, combine the music of Tonic Sol-fa with the irresistible tastiness of Blue Bunny: You will be chubby, and you will wish to possess the ability to rip the ears out of your head.
Again, though, I’m merely judging Tonic Sol-fa by their cover. This release says they have sold more than a million albums, been nominated for two Emmy Awards and shared a stage with, among others, Jerry Springer and Bobcat Goldthwait. That’s big-time. All I know is that if they are half as good as the Bases Loaded Butter Brickle flavor of Blue Bunny that I just tried, then the disc is worth a spin.
And Mr. Potato Head is still awesome, after all these years.
EXCRUCIATING MINUTIAE OF THE DAY…
- Here are tonight’s notes from Indians.com.
- As reported yesterday, Asdrubal Cabrera and Shin-Soo Choo are both coming back Friday. What does that mean for the construction of the roster and the construction of the lineup?
- Well, on the roster front, the Indians will probably go back to a seven-man bullpen. Could be a short stint for Jess Todd, unless somebody really stumbles this week. That takes care of one spot. It’s anybody’s guess what will happen to clear the other spot. For starters, the Indians must decide whether to make Jayson Nix a utility guy and give second base to Jason Donald, or send Donald back down to Columbus to play at second every day. Either way, Donald will remain a regular. The Indians don’t want to use him in a utility role.
- If Donald sticks, the Indians could option out Michael Brantley, who has been quiet since his callup, and move Trevor Crowe back to center and Austin Kearns back to left. Or they could get rid of Andy Marte or Shelley Duncan. Or they could pull the trigger on a Kearns trade, if there’s a taker to be had. Again, it all stems from the Donald decision. We’ll see.
- What we do know for sure is that Cabrera and Choo will both return to prominent spots of the lineup. But it doesn’t appear Cabrera will return to the leadoff spot. Acta said he’s leaning toward having Cabrera at No. 2 and Carlos Santana at cleanup, which means Choo would slot in at No. 3. Suddenly, that’s a much more potent punch early in the order, and Santana (9-for-his-last-48, coming into tonight) might begin to see some more pitches to hit than he’s been getting the last couple weeks.
- Brantley has been locked in as the leadoff guy lately, which an indication of Acta’s faith in Brantley finding his rhythm at this level. So it would be a surprise to see him demoted again. But you never know.
- Should something happen to Donald or Nix during this series, Jhonny Peralta would slide over to shortstop.
- This is the third time an Indians team has started out 4-0 after the All-Star break, according to Elias. The others were 1970 and 1995. The Indians had never started out 5-0 in the second half.
- What’s gotten into the bullpen? The relief corps tossed 13 1/3 scoreless innings in the four-game sweep of the Tigers. Entering tonight, it had allowed just 10 earned runs in the last 53 innings of work (good for a 1.70 ERA). “They’ve been more consistent,” Acta said. “With the way they’re going right now, I can plan out two innings ahead, if I want to.” Much better, Acta said, than flipping a coin. We’ve seen that situation here before.
- Acta views Anthony Reyes as a rotation option later this year. Reyes, more than a year removed from Tommy John surgery, began a 30-day Minor League rehab assignment in the rookie-level Arizona League on Saturday. He’ll make another start in Arizona on Friday and is expected to move up the organizational ladder from there. At some point, the Indians will have to watch the innings of Justin Masterson and Mitch Talbot, so Reyes could be in the rotation in September.
- Todd became the seventh rookie on this active roster.
- Akron second baseman Jason Kipnis is batting .320 with 10 doubles, four homers and 12 RBIs in 32 games with the Aeros.
Overheard by the indoor cages before BP today... Player A: "I've got [Francisco] Liriano's number." Player B: "Maybe his phone number."
- That Blue Bunny release also noted that July is National Ice Cream Month. What? You were expecting January?