Events and Links

August 18, 2011

I wanted to share a local event and some links of interest, as the Tribe tries to win the rubber match against the Chicago White Sox (so far, so good in the 7th).

On Saturday, August 27 the Baseball Heritage Museum in the Colonial Marketplace, 530 Euclid Ave. in downtown Cleveland, will host an event honoring the 75th anniversary of Bob Feller’s first Major League game.   The one-hour program will be held at 1 p.m. and again at 4 p.m.  Here’s a brief summary from the host, historian Morris Eckhouse: The program is “This Date in the Life of Bob Feller,” an interactive look back at important places, people, and events in the life and career of the Hall of Fame pitcher from Van Meter, Iowa to Cleveland, Ohio and from League Park to Progressive Field.  There will be an emphasis on Feller’s debut in a Tribe uniform at League Park and a look at other stars of 1936 including Jesse Owens, Joe Louis, Dizzy Dean, and the Great Lakes Exposition.  The museum will also display new exhibit items featuring the iconic Cleveland Hall of Famer.”

  • This story has already gotten a great bit of attention, but it’s well worth sharing again.  When Jack Hannahan was unable to afford a private flight to see his wife (she was in labor prematurely) the team chipped in and made it happen.
  • At The Hardball Times, Chris Jaffe takes a look at how Omar Vizquel signed his first contract 10,000 days ago.
  • Austin Kearns cleared waivers and was officially released by the Indians today.  I’m surprised he didn’t end up in Columbus, especially since they’re in a pennant race as well.  I thought he may be able to help their outfield, but obviously that was not the case.
  • ESPN’s Insider Trade Rumors page mentioned that Jim Thome has not yet been put on waivers by the Minnesota Twins, but it’s believed that two of his former teams, the Indians and the Phillies, have some level of interest.  I think I forgot to mention it the other day – a belated congrats to Thome on hitting home runs 599 and 600 in consecutive at-bats on Monday night!  It was nice that he used those home runs to help beat Detroit.
  • Last but not least – Jason Kipnis was a late scratch from the lineup tonight.  Fortunately, it had nothing to do with the oblique injury that’s been bothering him for the past week or so.  He actually had a tight hamstring prior to the game; hopefully he’ll be back in the lineup shortly.


  • Joe Diestel says:

    While the Indians won there was at least one troubling inning. Ahead 2-1, the Sox got a single and that man (Rios) moved to second on a wild pitch (maybe a passed ball). Then the Sox hit a single to left (there were two outs) and Brantley threw home. no cutoff, no chance at getting Rios and Flowers goes to 2nd on a hopeless throw. Fortunately, Masterson was able to get out number three and the Sox didn’t score again.

    What of it? Well, there’s hope that the Indians will make the playoffs. The Yankees, Red Sox and the Rangers don’t let you get away with these small mistakes. They capiatize on small mistakes like this.

    It is probably the idea that this team has such an unexpected shot at the postseason that brings to mind their need to play smart.

  • kenb321 says:

    Hirschbeck’s strike zone was inside/outside and ridiculous! Hafner should have put up more of an argument. One pitch is a strike, another at the same spot isn’t.

  • Drew says:

    @ Joe: The 8th was also scary. Thankfully Vinnie was able to get out of it.

    @ Ken: Diaz from Tuesday night made Hirschbeck look like Captain Consistency.

  • SeattleStu says:

    guys how about a little wahoo enthusiasm? we’re 1.5 out in late august coming into a 3 game series w/ Detroit then 11 at home against worst in AL….WAHOO!!

  • SeattleStu says:

    you know what is absolutely uncanny that i never hear anyone comment on? how we are making another absolute horseshit no skill pitcher look like cy young….can someone explain to me how this guy starting for detroit has a 5 ERA and has allowed only 3 hits to our supposed major league bats? we should be beating this guy like a red headed step child and yet we allow him to mow us down and torture a legit 20 game winner like tomlin…where is the outrage?

  • Stephanie Liscio says:

    I have a couple of good friends who are Detroit Tigers fans, and recently we joked that even though Detroit and Cleveland are neck and neck (with Chicago lurking) it sometimes felt as if we were competing just to see who would lose to New York or Boston. Of course anything can happen in the playoffs, and those teams could make silly mistakes as well. At least it won’t be Minnesota this season; you pretty much knew how the ALDS was going to end before it started!

    Hirschbeck was inconsistent at times, but after Tuesday night he did look excellent by comparison!

    I almost pulled all of my hair out in the 8th. I typically trust Pestano, but that didn’t mean my blood pressure didn’t go through the roof.

    Regardless of what happened, I never expected a pennant race this season. Despite their maddening moments, this is a fun team to watch.

  • Stephanie Liscio says:

    They struggled against Scherzer the last time out too – on June 16, just 4 hits and 2 earned runs. The hit him well on April 29, but that’s while the Tribe was still on fire. Really any pitcher (good or bad) looks like Cy Young on any given night.

    Unfortunately, that 2-run home run may be enough for the Tigers…I don’t have faith that the Indians are going to score any for Tomlin. Which is a shame, because other than that bad pitch Tomlin’s had a great night.

  • SeattleStu says:

    @stephanie….with all due respect, i know that any pitcher can look like cy young on any given day….my question is why does that day always coincide with our playing them?

  • SeattleStu says:

    and jhonny peralta who cant even spell his name right let along hustle and play second base is the second coming of mickey mantle against us? WTF?

  • Stephanie Liscio says:

    Some days, I think a AA pitcher would look like Cy Young against the Indians!

    Peralta’s numbers are insane this year. If he can’t screw the Indians over by playing terribly for them, he’ll screw them over by playing awesome against them!

    23 homers allowed by Tomlin now this season – second most in the AL. Colby Lewis of Texas the only one who has given up more. The one saving grace – 15 of Tomlin’s were solo shots.