The Indians were shutout Friday night in Tampa Bay, falling 4-0 to the Rays. You can look at our game thread if you'd like to witness the agony as it unfolded, or the box score if you're just looking for the cold, hard facts. The Tribe collected just two hits, both by Michael Bourn. Meanwhile, they struck out 11 times, including 3 by Drew Stubbs, who is not off to a good start. Hoynes' recap of the game and the recap at MLB.com (by Adam Berry) give you quotes from the locker room, if that's your thing. My personal favorite comes from Jason Kipnis: "We just didn't take advantage of the opportunities when we had guys on base." Well... I suppose that's true, but getting just four guys on base in the first place seems like the bigger issue, but what do I know?
In case you missed it, Trevor Bauer will be making his Indians debut a lot earlier than most of us expected: Today! He'll make one start, and Carlos Carrasco will pitch on Tuesday. That will give Brett Myers and Zach McAllister each an extra day's rest. That extra day may also provide enough time for the blasts Toronto hit off Myers to finally land somewhere.
Hoynes reports that Kipnis and the Indians have called off negotiations on a possible contract extension, not wanting them to become a distraction during the season. Kipnis is under team control through 2017, and won't be eligible for arbitration until 2015, so there need not be any great urgency on the matter. Last month I speculated on what an extension signed this spring might look like, landing on $30 for the next six years (2013-2018). So much for my mathematical guesswork. There is no word on whether negotiations with Michael Brantley are ongoing or not. Given that Brantley's batting average dropped 252 points Friday night, he probably doesn't merit an extension and should possibly be cut immediately.
The Plain Dealer also has scores and (very) brief recaps of the farm teams' action from Friday. Columbus and Carolina were winners, while Akron and Lake County lost. Franciso Lindor and Tyler Naquin each had three hits for the Mudcats, while Jeremy Hermida homered for the Clippers, with Corey Kulber allowing 3 runs over 6 innings.
Something I really enjoyed looking at this week was Graham Womack's work at The Hardball Times on the salaries for Hall of Fame players throughout history, as adjusted to the modern dollar. What it makes clear is that not only have salaries climbed (duh), they've greatly outpaced overall inflation during the last century. Rickey Henderson's richest single season salary was equivalent to $7.5M in 2012 dollars. He'd make two to three times that if he were in his prime now. Willie Mays' biggest payday was equivalent to $1.3M, Bob Feller's to just $514,000, and Nap Lajoie's to only $310,000. This may not be news to most of you, but until the middle of the 20th century, non-stars usually worked second jobs in the offseason, a far cry from today's Major League minimum of almost $500,000. Click the link and take a look at the other players.
For this week's non-baseball entry, I'll return to movies and continue what I started a few weeks ago, looking at my favorite movies from different eras. After covering the pre-WWII era (as determined by U.S. entry, because... because it was my list dammit!), today I'll look at the rest of the 1940s.
My favorite movies from 1942-1949:
6) The Third Man (1949) - Joseph Cotton seems awfully underrated to me. You never seem to hear about him, but he was in a lot of great movies, including this one.
5) The Best Years of Our Lives (1946) - Harold Russell lost his hands in an army training exercise, was cast in this film, won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor, and then basically never acted again.
4) Notorious (1946) - At some point I'll probably do a favorite Hitchcock list, and this will likely land on it (and/or a Cary Grant list). Also, 1946 was a very good year for movies.
3) Double Indemnity (1944) - I would guess most of you are familiar with the two films ahead of this one, even if you've never seen them. If you're not familiar with this one, it's fantastic film noir that holds up well.
2) Casablanca (1942) - My stepmom's favorite movie, one I saw in bits in pieces as a kid and came to appreciate once I was older. I wonder if any movie has more well known lines than this one.
1) It's a Wonderful Life (1946) - For years and years I watched this on Christmas Eve with my dad every year, giving me a connection to this film that no other movie will ever be able to match.
There aren't really any deep cuts on this list, if you're even a mild film buff (or can recall a time when the Indians were World Series winners) you're probably familiar with them. I look forward to seeing others' choices, and hearing about some of the lesser known gems of that era.