The Indians fell 8-1 to Boston Friday night. The less said the better, I think. But for the masochists out there, here are some pertinent links:
Paul Hoynes' recap from the Plain Dealer, where you can read Justin Masterson saying "I didn't feel the greatest out there." I guess that's good, because it'd be a shame if last night was his greatest.
Other Tribe tidbits:
In Bastian's Friday evening notes, you get Francona talking about how awesome Carlos Santana is, and word on the official unveiling of the Bob Feller Medal of Valor, for which finalists will be announced in Cleveland on the 4th of July.
Dayn Perry at CBS Sports looks at video of Terry Francona possibly trying to kill a man... or maybe just give him a wedgie.
Other baseball news from last night:
Detroit's Anibal Sanchez took a no hitter into the 9th inning before Minnesota's Joe Mauer broke it up with one out. Sanchez pitched a no hitter in 2006, and was looking to join Justin Verlander and Mark Buehrle as the only active pitchers with multiple no hitters in the regular season (Roy Halladay has one, along with his playoff no-no).
Curtis Granderson, playing in just his 8th game of the season because of a broken forearm caused by a HBP in Spring Training, was hit by a pitch last night, breaking his pinkie. He's likely to miss another 4-6 weeks.
Bill Baer at Hardball Talk looks at a pair of articles on Cincinnati's Joey Votto, one of which is authored by a man who understands just how good Votto is, while the other writer believe Votto is having a disappointing season due to his RBI total. Sigh...
Speaking of Cincinnati, at NotGraphs (Fangraphs' redheaded stepchild), Mike Bates examines some goofy fun being had by the UC Bearcats baseball team. It's easy to picture a team with Nick Swisher getting into this.
NPR's Nina Totenberg reports on the Supreme Court Historical Society, which hosted a re-enactment of Flood v. Kuhn, which you might recognize as former Major League great Curt Flood's legal challenge of the reserve clause, (which for decades kept players from having any real freedom to negotiate a fair contract or seek a different team). In 1972, the Supreme Court ruled 5-3 against Flood, but the case was a major step in the creation of free agency. The re-enactment looks more lively than your typical afternoon at the Supreme Court.
For this week's pop culture list, I move into the late sixties (1965-1969, specifically). Depending on who you're talking to and how old they are, the country was either coming to life in those years, or going to hell in a handbasket.
6) Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid - Paul Newman and Robert Redford are often linked, so it may surprise you to know they only made two movies together.
5) Flight of the Phoenix - Jimmy Stewart's last great movie (not counting "An American Tail: Fievel Goes West," because that was just voice work)
4) Cool Hand Luke - More Newman, in one of his best roles here, playing a man who eats a huge number of eggs (and does some other stuff too).
3) The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly - Clint Eastwood and one of the coolest and most iconic musical scores in movie history.
2) Once Upon a Time in the West - Sergio Leone is best known for the trilogy of 'Spaghetti Westerns' he made with Eastwood, but for me, this one (by a slim margin, as you can see) is his best.
1) 2001: A Space Odyssey - Kubrick's masterpiece is beautifully shot, at times glacially paced, and certainly not for everyone, but I think it's one of the most captivating films ever made.
Today also marks the 30th anniversary of the theatrical release of "Return of the Jedi." If you need me, I'll be trying to talk my girlfriend into wearing a metal bikini to commemorate the occasion.