August 3, 2012; Detroit, MI, USA; Cleveland Indians manager Manny Acta (11) talks to umpire Joe West during the first inning against the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-US PRESSWIRE
This group of tweets by Jordan Bastian says it all on how bad the pitching has been:
Indians' 8.23 ERA over 8 L's is 2nd-highest for club over losing streak of 8+ (dating back to 1918). Had 8.34 ERA on 8-game skid in '87.— Jordan Bastian (@MLBastian) August 5, 2012
Acta, on rotation woes: "It's something that I've never seen before, the streak of non-quality starts that we're having right now."— Jordan Bastian (@MLBastian) August 5, 2012
And I haven't really mentioned the hideous hitting. I think both pitching and hitting coaches are in serious jeopardy of losing their jobs, if only to shock this team back into becoming even a semblance of a major-league club.
Speaking of which, is this just not a depressing headline?
We know that it really won't, but it would be nice for a pitcher to get through five innings and allow 3 runs or less. Yes, I know that I'm asking a lot, but still...
The first group of 30 for 30 documentaries was one of the best things ESPN has done for years, and I'm glad to see them continue the series. Included in the next batch is a documentary is one that I'm looking forward to.
You Don’t Know Bo (Michael Bonfiglio)
Bo Jackson hit 500 ft. home runs, ran over linebackers, and—for a small window—he was the best athlete we had ever seen. You Don’t Know Bo is a close look at the man and marketing campaign that shaped his legacy. Even without winning a Super Bowl or World Series, Bo redefined the role of the athlete in the pop cultural conversation. More than 20 years later, myths and legends still surround Bo Jackson, and his impossible feats still capture our collective imagination.
Thanks to the hip injury his baseball and football careers were way too short, but for that stretch of years between 1986 and 1991, he was something to behold. In the 1989 calendar year, he hit 32 home runs for the Royals and rushed for 950 yards for the Oakland Raiders. I don't see anyone approaching that excellence in two professional sports leagues at the same time ever again.