Posts Tagged ‘Terry Francona’

Yes, Virginia, There Is A Santana Claus

April 9, 2015

Carlos.SantanaI got a call last night around the 6th inning from my good buddy Timmy Wells. Tim was worried that the Tribe was only up 1-0. He is also worried that Michael Bourn is not going to cut it this year. I told him not to worry.

After all, this team is not – by any stretch of the imagination – a power team.  We are (at least in theory) a great pitching, good defensive team that occasionally can unleash the offensive hounds.  Which is why we were winning 1-0 in the 6th.  I expect us to win a lot of one and two run games this year. And I don’t expect this team to erupt with 10+ run games on too many nights.

But really, who knows. If Swish and Santana and Kipnis and Chisenhall and Aviles and Brantley can tap into their power… well, then anything is possible.

Here’s what I know: Francona is a winner, and winners win. I fully expect this team – MY team – to win 92 games this year

1 down, 91 to go… get on the bus early this year.

P.S. Santana has now homered on three of his birthdays; can we start singing “Happy Birthday” to him at every home game through the rest of the season?


10 Reasons Why The Tribe Is already At 10 Wins.

April 24, 2014



1.  Terry Francona:  Perhaps the best manager (not coach) in the majors, and definitely the best manager for Cleveland. His approach to (and desire for) winning and his perception of reality are in perfect sync.

2.  Justin Masterson:  He’s got 5 starts, a 4.5 ERA and 0 wins to go with his 0 losses. But more important, he’s got the right stuff, including the right attitude (despite not getting the contract he wants and deserves).

3.  Zack McAllister:  Who somehow – magically – has 3 wins and a 2.28 ERA.

4.  Lonnie Chisenhall:  They took away third base and he found his bat.  Not only is the Chisel hitting .432, he’s slugging .595 with 16 hits, including 6 doubles.

5.  David Murphy:  Yeah. In 19 games he has 17 hits and 15 RBI. In right field he has 32 putouts and no errors…

6.  Michael Brantley:  Yeah-Yeah. In 21 games, MB has 23 hits, 18 RBI, 4 homers and 4 stolen bases. And I think he is possessed by the ghost of Nick Swisher.

7.  Nick Swisher and Jason Giambi: If you are one of those guys (and I am) who thinks a player’s value extends beyond stats, then these guys are MVPs, motivating this team and keeping their heads on straight during wins and losses.

8. John Axford: The Tomahawk has 8 saves already with a .176 average. And I think he is possessed by the ghost of Rollie Fingers.

9.  Potential:  I am stoked that we’ve got guys like Trevor Bauer and Francisco Lindor and Nyjer Morgan and a half dozen other pitching and hitting prospects who are ready to step in if and when needed.

10.  Kevin: His dispassion of the Tribe is a constant motivator to keep winning.

10 down, 84 to go. It’s time to get the bus out of the garage basement

Did We Just Split With The Best Team In Baseball?

April 18, 2014

lucky-7bOr did the Detroit Tigers just split with the best team in baseball?

I guess it’s all a matter of perspective.

Either way, we are now at seven wins. And while some might say seven wins is not enough, others would argue it is great.

Like the Tigers, who also have seven wins.

And the Red Sox and Orioles and the Rays… they all have seven wins.

How about the Reds… they only have six wins… I’ll bet they’d like the number seven.

Ah, to be a baseball fan in April, with the entire season ahead of you.  If it gets better than this, I’d like to find out on my own.

And by the way, in case you were wondering, Terry Francona has the Tribe exactly where he wants them… and that’s good enough for me.

7 down, 87 to go. Grab your walking stick, this is gonna be a hike.

Forget LeBron, Forget March Madness, Let’s Talk Tribe.

March 21, 2013

l.NMVeHVUxNkfHsUlTWhat on Heaven or Earth could even begin to compare with a father and son sharing a warm, sunny day and a frosty, cold beer at an Indians game?

That’s a trick question, of course.  The answer is nothing.

Consider my brother-in-law Bob.  He is one of the all-time greatest guys in the history of guys.  Renowned for his incessant use of bad puns and his endless good attitude about life.  There is nothing about Bob that isn’t lovable, except his cancer, which he will tell you, sucks.

But by the good grace of God, life goes on.  So Bob and his second-oldest son, Dominic (yeah, that Dominic) decided to make the most of it last week by spending a few precious days in Goodyear, AZ.

I haven’t gotten the whole story yet, but I have seen a few of the pictures… Bob mugging with Terry Francona… Bob mugging with Asdrubal Cabrera… and Bob mugging with Dominic.

Seeing these pictures, despite the fact that it is snowing outside (Spring in Cleveland is special), reminds me of something Bob Feller once said:  “Every day is a new opportunity. You can build on yesterday’s success or put its failures behind and start over again. That’s the way life is, with a new game every day, and that’s the way baseball is.”

So as we wait out the final days before Opening Day, I want to offer a big cheer:  GO BOB!  GO DOMINIC!  GO TRIBE! 
The Road to 90 lies before us, and the Tour Bus is ready to leave the station.

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