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Lets try again tonight!

Heavy rain on Monday and Tuesday put the Indians grounds crew behind the 8-ball and the field was unfit for play last night.  The Indians and Rochester Red Wings have a double-header scheduled for tonight.  The field still has a ways to go and I’m hoping over the next two to three hours it will be ready for play.  Here are a few links for you to check out. 

Mr. 1000…I remember when Trent won his 900th game and he reiterated the greatness of his players.  He also told me it was a reminder of how long he has been in the game.  Congrats to the biggest Dallas Cowboys fan I know.  After the game his coaches gave him a cake and a bottle of Korbel.  Fella’s let him celebrate #1000 like he did #’s 1-999, with an ice cold Bud Light.

The second link is at the request of Indians infielder Chris Barnwell.  I plan on learning more about his father and will not pass up the opportunity to spread the word.

By Gosh, Jen has some terrific pictures from the Pirates new facility in Latin America.  You don’t have to be a Pirates fan to appreciate where the players are coming from.  The pictures and videos open your eyes to why baseball is some important to Latin born players.

As for the Tribe the first month of the season is over with the Indians winning 8 of their 18 games.  My nominee for the player of the month is Garrett Jones.  He played in 17 games hitting .314 with 3 home runs and 20 runs batted in.  The 20 RBI’s is a career high for the month of April and Jones becomes the 3rd player since 2004 to drive in 20 or more runs in April.  Ryan Doumit had 20 RBI’s in 2007 (he only needed 16 games) and Jeff Leifer had 21 RBI’s in ’04.  On top of the numbers, Jones had an 11 game hit streak, his best stretch since the summer of 2005.  Other candidates were Jeff Salazar, Brian Bixler, and Andrew McCutchen.  They all had moments, but no one delivered like Jones. 

The pitcher of the month is Juan Mateo.  The right-handed reliever gave up an unearned run in 12 innings while holding the opposition to a .079 batting average.  The only other candidate is Jeremy Powell.  He provided some much needed long relief earning 3 wins in 6 appearances while striking out 14 in 12.1 innings of work. 

Let’s hope we get the games in tonight.  Rochester has a 7-10 record and sit 8.5 games behind the Scranton Wilkes-Barre Yankees.  The Red Wings are just 1-6 vs. the Yankees who will be at the Vic Monday to open a four game set.   

7:05 UPDATE: 

 

The tarp is still down and it appears a window of rain free weather has reached Indianapolis.  Of course it’s not the rain that may prevent baseball, but the condition of the field.  While we are waiting I want to bring you an excerpt from Tuesdays’ pre-game interview with Tribe OF Jeff Salazar.  He was a part of the Arizona Diamondbacks 2007 post season run.  Salazar appeared in 6 games for the D-backs who knocked off Chicago in the NLDS before losing to Colorado in the NLCS.

 

(Talking about the post season run) 

 

Nothing better that getting a chance to celebrate at the end of the season.  We won the division and everyone was going crazy with champagne.  We did it in Colorado which is who I used to play for and they let me go in spring training so that made it sweeter getting a chance to celebrate on their field.  You know, some of those guys are some of my best friends and I keep in touch with a lot of them and then getting to play against in the NLCS was great.  Playing postseason baseball in Chicago was great and ending their season was special.  I made the last catch when (Alfonso) Soriano flied out to me in right field.  I took the ball and stuck in my back pocket.  It was great to celebrate again.  After playing 162 games there is nothing better that that sense of accomplishment.  But even if you don’t’ win it and you know, even if you do win, if you have any heart at all you want to get back and that’s what I’m trying to do.  I want to get back to the big leagues and help another team win and get to the postseason.   I want to be able to relive that experience again.

 

(On the celebration sprint to the infield when he caught the last out in the NLDS vs. Chicago)

 

It wasn’t even running, it was more like floating.  Jumping around with my teammates was memorable because we were celebrating in front of the great fans in Chicago.  Win or lose they are behind their team 100%.   I remember walking out to RF before that 9th because we had very intense top of 9th.  We tacked on a run and increased the lead and I remember the looks on their faces…let’s just say they were people I didn’t want to meet after the game.  They weren’t real happy, but you could tell how intense they were and how much it meant to them.  That made it that much better to make the catch, go celebrate, and prepare for the NLCS.

 

When we finished the interview Salazar kept on going telling me they had no answer for Colorado in the NLCS.  Remember the run that Rockies team was on?  They were 6.5 games out on September 15th then went on to win 13 of their last 15 games to force a tie with San Diego.  Then in game #163 the Rockies slipped past the Pads 9-8 in 13 innings when Matt Holliday beat a throw to the plate.  In the National League playoffs Colorado was a perfect 7 and oh sweeping the Phillies and Diamondbacks.  The Red Sox would return the favor sweeping the Rocks for the title.

 

UPDATE:  Game Time!

 


IND.jpgAfter a three hour and five minute delay we have baseball!  Due to the rain tonight’s double-header is now a single 9 inning game with a twin bill coming tomorrow.   

  

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