"Of course I'm not Cartwright!"

By Anthony Castrovince/MLB.com
My last name, as listed above, is Castrovince. 
This causes an inordinate amount of trouble for people. The guy checking my credential as I pulled into the parking lot at Kauffman Stadium yesterday looked at it quizzically and said, “Anthony what?”
“Castrovince,” I told him, pronouncing it “Castro” as in Fidel Castro and “Vince” as in Vince Vaughn. 
“Wow, I would have never guessed that,” he replied.
Never? Really? Given an infinite amount of time to sound that out in your head, you would have never figured out the spelling C-A-S-T-R-O-V-I-N-C-E equates to “Castro” as in Fidel Castro and “Vince” as in Vince Vaughn?
Never?!
When I checked out of my hotel this morning, the woman at the front desk said, “Thank you, Mr. … Cas… kranowich?”
Really? This is what you came up with? You read C-A-S-T-R-O-V-I-N-C-E and hear… Caskranowich? 
This has been going on my entire life. And often, when people ask me how my last name is pronounced and I tell them, their response is, “Oh, exactly how it’s spelled!”
Yes. Exactly how it’s spelled. You know, just like… most words.
The ability of people to make something more complicated than it needs to be never ceases to amaze me. But what do I know? I’m just Anthony Caskranowich.
EXCRUCIATING MINUTIAE OF THE DAY…
  • Before we move on to less-important matters, it bears mentioning that talk about cartoon characters dominated birdman.jpgManny Acta’s pregame interview with the beat guys. Last night, Acta said that, in a perfect world, he would have Superman and Flash on his team to get to every ball hit in their vicinity. Today, that remark prompted discussion of other superheroes, including one of Acta’s personal favorites, Birdman. Now, I’ve heard of the Birdman of Alcatraz and Birdman the rapper, but I’ve never heard of Birdman the cartoon. I promised Manny I would Google it, and sure enough, here’s Birdman
  • Acta did more than just discuss Birdman pregame. He called the Indians together for a team meeting. The adage that good teams win games and bad teams have meetings applies. But while little is expected of these young Indians at this stage, Acta has still been unhappy with the recent results. He called the meeting to get them refocused on the task at hand, which is to show progress at this level before everybody heads home in October. Acta wants to go into the offseason knowing what he can expect from these guys next year. “They need to take advantage of this opportunity,” he said. “We’re not going to be rebuilding forever, and this is not a September callup.”
  • Jason Knapp lives. And not only that, but he’s going to pitch in an actual game. Knapp, for the uninitiated, is the guy who was considered the key acquisition in last summer’s Cliff Lee trade. But we’ve seen little of him since. He was injured at the time the Indians acquired him, but because the Indians were not in a position to request an MRI on Knapp from the Phillies at that time, they didn’t know about the loose bodies in his shoulder. He had shoulder surgery last September and has been pitching in Arizona Rookie League games the last few weeks. Now, he’s been deemed ready to join Class A Lake County, and he’ll make his Captains debut Friday night at Classic Park, against Dayton. Knapp posted a 1.46 ERA, 18 strikeouts and four walks in 12 1/3 innings in Arizona. Keep in mind, Knapp is turning 20 on Aug. 31. So while the injury was obviously a setback, he has time to get his career back on track and become the guy the Indians hope they acquired.
  • The bolded note announcing the above news on the Indians game notes tonight is titled, “Knapp Time.” Well played, Bart Swain.
  • This is as good a time as any to give you an Adam Miller update. He lives, too, and he’s been throwing bullpen sessions at the Arizona complex the last couple weeks. The Indians hope to get him in a game environment before the end of the calendar year. That could be in the Fall Instructional League or in winter ball. Miller has had four surgeries on his right middle finger over the last two and a half years, and his hope of reaching the bigs is a major longshot. But he’s still out there pitching, trying to overcome the odds.
  • As Miller proves, not all highly touted Draft picks pan out. Therefore, spending $9.3 million on a bunch of unproven kids won’t silence the critics who consider the Indians to be… shall we say… frugal? But for those paying attention, what the Indians have done the last couple summers is significant. Knowing the Major League free agent market (and, for that matter, the high-end international market) is completely out of control and out of their budget, the Indians have chosen to invest heavily in amateur talent, hoping for a major payoff down the line. The Royals and Pirates are two other small-market teams that have gone this route. “The teams that are ahead of the curve, the teams that  have, quite frankly, figured out the inefficiencies in this part of the market, have been super, hyper-aggressive,” said John Mirabelli, the Indians’ vice president of amateur scouting. “There isn’t a slot system in place. There is a talent acquisition system in place, and your job as an organization is to get the best out of it.”
  • Some wonder if a hard slotting system might be good for the game. But it would be almost impossible to pull off, because so many different players are coming from so many different situations (be it senior year of high school, junior college, junior year of college, etc.) and, therefore, different amounts of leverage in negotiations. The Indians had a 10th-round selection this year, outfielder Tyler Holt, who was adamant about returning for his senior year at Florida State if he didn’t get half a million (three times more than the slotting recommendation). He got his money.
  • pomeranzsigning.jpgCourtesy of Dan Mendlik, here’s a photo of Drew Pomeranz signing his deal with the Indians, with his parents and scouting director Brad Grant looking on. Some serious faces in that room. But at least Chief Wahoo is smiling.
  • One of the more entertaining plays of the year happened last night, when Chris Gimenez caught Shin-Soo Choo’s bullet throw from right field up the third-base line, just ahead of the plate, and absorbed a collision with Mitch Maier to complete the back end of a 9-2 double play. That was Choo’s Major League-leading 11th outfield assist this season. “He continues to play hard, regardless of whether his offense is up or down,” Acta said. “It’s been a pleasure to watch him this season.” And give Gimenez credit for holding on.
  • Gimenez said he was a little sore from that collision, which caused his catcher’s mask to fly off his head and pushed him into a backward somersault, but he enjoyed watching the highlight. My friends were texting me and calling me and saying stuff like, “That’s what happens when you stand on the tracks.” Maier apologized after the play, but it was a solid, clean baseball play and fun to watch. 
  • When Buck Showalter was announced as Orioles manager earlier this month, he said part of the rebuilding process is finding g
    uys who are “pile-jumpers” – i.e. guys who will jump on the pile on the mound after winning Game 7. Gimenez is far from the most talented player on this rebuilding Indians team, but he’s definitely a pile-jumper.
  • DANM5864.jpgSee if you can point out the non-pile-jumper in this 2009 photo.
  • Acta said he views Joe Smith and Rafael Perez as his primary setup men to Chris Perez these days, but he’s still relying heavily on specific matchups.
  • Speaking of Chris Perez, he’s been keeping tabs on his alias, @PureRage_Perez, on Twitter. He’s impressed that the fake Chris Perez has nearly 400 followers. “I had a Twitter last year and never used it,” Perez said. “I didn’t even have that many followers.”
  • Some of you have asked and, as much as I would like to take credit, no, I am not @PureRage_Perez. I am also not @Caskranowich.
  • The Indians are trying to decide when to place Carlos Carrasco into the rotation. Acta said he is not ruling out a six-man rotation in September. 
  • This Indians team hasn’t been all that great, well, anywhere, but the struggles on the road are particularly profound. The Tribe is 23-38 (.377) on the road this year, thanks in large part to a team ERA of 5.00 away from home, versus a 3.99 ERA at Progressive Field.
  • Connor Graham, the guy the Indians got for Rafael Betancourt last year, converted to relief work at Double-A Akron, as anticipated, and has a 2.10 ERA in 32 games in that role. He has a 0.93 ERA in 12 games since the All-Star break.
  • One thing I’ve learned this week, other than the existence of Birdman? Typing Kila Ka’aihue on deadline is not fun. I’d much rather type Castrovince.
~AC

16 Comments

I don’t think I’ve ever seen Jeremy Sowers smile. We ran into him on the ramp during a rain delay at Wrigley last year. I asked to take a picture with him and he didn’t even crack a smile during our whole interaction. He barely even said yes to the picture. In the picture, he has the same expression as the photo above.

Definitely props on working in a great Seinfeld quote from a classic episode. I throw one in occasionally myself on my blog.

- Tiffany
http://redbirdfever.mlblogs.com/

Anthony, a classic for your opener… i usually skip those and go to the indians info but the last name bit was awesome.

Tiffany, well done on the self-promotion while complimenting… sly and crafty. While you visit her website you can visit mine at … nah…

Cfisher,

Well, the compliment was genuine. I love Seinfeld and I love when people sneak in great lines from the show. As for the “self promotion,” I always include my blog link, so people have an idea who I am, since although I’ve read this blog before, I’ve never commented. But I highly doubt Indians fans will take the time to read a Cardinal fans blog, so it wasn’t really done to increase traffic. But, you can feel free to stop by. ;)

- Tiffany
http://redbirdfever.mlblogs.com/

Must have been a bad day for pronouncing last names. My sister’s co-workers all had their last names butchered by some of their shareholders. Tonguetwisters like “Hartzell” and “Mayer” and “Peregord”… but they got her last name right.

And Birdman is even better in court: need to check him out as “Harvey Birdman” on Adult Swim sometime.

i wonder how and when drew pomeranz decided he was going to throw lefty, and write righty…

This might seem crazy, but I really hope the Tribe stays quiet this winter.
I mean, sure, with The Ego leaving town, it presents a good opportunity for the Indians to pull in some Cavs fans, although I think it will be a year before that affect kicks in.
And with such an opportunity presenting itself, I think it would actually make financial sense for the Dolans to pump a bunch of money into the Tribe, as I think they could actually get that back.
But even they added, say, $40M to next year’s payroll, what would the spend it on? These teams just has too man holes. Jake Westbrook is probably the best free agent pitcher they’d be able to get given that a) they won’t compete and b) even with an increased payroll, they’ll get outbid by richer teams.
No, aside from maybe making a run at Westbrook, they should save their money for the winter of 2011. You wait for guys like Alex White and Nick Hagadone, you wait for Carlos Carrasco to hit his potential. You wait for Matt LaPorta to get better at 1st and Lonnie Chisenhall to step in at third. You wait for a healthy Grady Sizemore and Carlos Santana and Michael Brantley with more experience.
There’s just no point in spending money on this team for next year when at least some of the holes need to be filled internally. I think most of us said this early on: 2012 is a realistic goal, and only appropriate, as I’m sure the world will end if the Tribe wins the World Series.
I can handle 4 losing seasons between winning seasons. I’ve handled more.

I really don’t think it’s a matter of “saving money for next year”, just because they don’t spend money for 2011, doesn’t mean they’ll spend extra money for 2012. It’s just not the way budgeting works. I don’t expect the Indians to sign any notable free agent this year or next. They should probably at least sign Westbrook back, or some pitcher, unless you believe that guys like Gomez and Tomlin , or Anthony Reyes, are legitimate options, which I don’t. Maybe they should sign Manny Ramirez, you figure between him and Hafner they could manage to play 160 games at DH, and it would make the fans happy.Hagadone’s been converted to the bullpen, you know. So if we’re talking starting pitching, it’s more like “you wait for guys like Alex White and … ” Knapp? Gardner? Suppose they could be ready by second half of 2012, if they progress well and don’t suffer injuries that set them back, which are pretty big ifs when you’re talking about any pitching prospect, as Rondon, de la Cruz, Adam Miller, etc, etc have all shown. It’s not really the starting pitching I’m concerned with though, they can probably piece together an ok staff, it’s the position players that are the issue, poor offense and poor fielding pretty much across the board.

It is saving money, unless players are suddenly only signing one year deals now. Any money spent this off-season would also be money on the 2012 payroll, which means any money NOT spent this off-season is money not on the 2012 payroll. They should avoid adding money to the 2012 payroll into they have a better idea of what they have.
Shot in the dark, the 2012 starting rotation is Carmona, Talbot, Carrasco, White, and a FA.
I’m not as concerned about our offense or our defense, simply because we’re starting a lot of young guys who are going to make mistakes as they improve. LaPorta will get better at first. We obviously have other infield options in the system, and at this point Goedert and Chisenhall have their work cut out for them at third.
It was probably unrealistic to think our defense would be any good this year, considering who we were putting out there, but I don’t think it’s unrealistic to think they will get better over time, as most of them seem to be eager to put the work in.

I’m one of your biggest fans, AC, but anyone who has taken Italian 101 would want to pronounce your name Castro-VEENchay. Cut them some slack.

I’m one of your biggest fans, AC, but anyone who has taken Italian 101 would want to pronounce your name Castro-Veenchay. Why don’t you?

I think this is where Huginn would say “norn have no need of beards, they are norn.” Norn of course have a lot of idle time between hunts and usually have a bladed weapon of some type around, sometimes they just get bored. Of course their chins don’t get cold, they don’t even bother wearing shirts most of the time! I’m just kidding of course.
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For those who love their bearded norn, don’t worry you’ll have a full range of beard options during character creation and it will be the norm for norn NPC’s to wear beards as well. I am of course just referring to male norn, female norn almost never have beards.
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You should think about including some instructional videos
or audio tracks to highlight your points better.
This really is an awfully confusing post.

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