Not very long ago actor Charlie Sheen, an imaginary member of the Cleveland Indians, tried to justify the wreck he’d made of his life and his career by announcing that despite every setback he’d encountered and every hotel room he’d destroyed, he was “winning!”
Long before that, the band Santana, named of course after founder and lead guitarist Carlos Santana, had a hit single called “Winning.” Bear with me here–this all ties together, I promise.
Yesterday Susan announced in this space that IPL co-founder Stephanie Liscio had recently been taken to the hospital for emergency gall bladder surgery. The pain of that situation was mitigated somewhat when one of Stephanie’s favorite Indians, a man who is also named Carlos Santana, hit a home run on Monday, thus helping the Indians defeat the A’s, 2-1. Well, Carlos came through again on Tuesday with a two-run blast in the sixth inning as the Indians once again beat the A’s, this time by a score of 6-2. Jeanmar Gomez had been called up from AAA to start the game for the Tribe. He’d had some rocky starts for the Indians earlier in the season, but this time he delivered the goods, giving up just one run (unearned) over six innings.
Jack “Hammer” Hannahan also homered for the Indians. Since the birth of his son earlier this month, Hannahan has gotten 18 hits in his last 42 at-bats, with an on-base percentage of .510. Yes, that’s a small sample size, but it’s still a heck of a lot better than the numbers he put up in June and July. It’s nice to see him step up recently, and it’s nice to see the Indians winning again.
As for Stephanie, I’m glad to be able to report that her surgery was successful. And while no one wants her to remain in the hospital a minute longer than necessary, well, as long as she’s still there, if Carlos Santana wants to keep hitting homers in her honor, no one here is going to try to stop him.
And just to bring this post back to the other man named Carlos Santana: the band Santana had a 1971 single called “Hope You’re Feeling Better.” We hope you continue to feel better, Stephanie.