The thing about the Dominican — I don’t think it’s only the Dominican, but [Latin America] — we have music in our blood. We love to dance, to have a good time, to spend time with family. In my country, during the weekends or during the week, you’re going to see people dancing everywhere.
"[Strop] hit me two times in the face, in my eyes," Rogers said. "I started to cry, saying, ‘I don’t want to play baseball anymore.’ He told me, ‘You can throw 95 mph, and you want to go home?’ I said, ‘Yes.’ He hit me again and said, ‘You’re not going anywhere. You have to pass through me.’"
While it is true that the Indians’ perpetually glaring holes have been exposed in a BIG way in the past week or so and the fact that the Tribe sits 7th in the AL in playoff expectancy (there are 5 spots open), the Indians have 11 games remaining against the Tigers after Tuesday night, 6 more (late in the season) against the White Sox, and a whopping 25 games left against the Twins, the Royals and the Mariners. So, they have 65 games left in the season, with 17 of them coming against the two teams presently in front of them and 25 of them (that’s 38% of their remaining games, everyone) against the unquestioned dregs of the AL.
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Dan Bern has released an 18-track album of baseball songs entitled "Doubleheader." It is now available to preview and buy. His songs are about listening to Vin Scully on the road, Mickey Mantle’s tragic injuries, Jackie Robinson, Pete Rose and Bart Giamatti, Merkle’s boner, Gallarraga’s perfect game, and my personal favorite at the moment, the very straightforwardly-titled "The Year-By-Year Home Runs Totals of Barry Bonds."