I'm developing a deep-seated hatred of the Cleveland Indians. I'm damn sure not the only one. Plenty of Seattle Mariners fans are coming to dread games against the Indians - not because the Indians have the Mariners' number in any meaningful way, but because the Indians have built a track record of devastation. The Indians just keep generating dramatic moments at the Mariners' expense. I resent them for it. Other people resent them for it. Indians fans don't care. Indians fans don't hate the Mariners back. Indians fans are probably rather fond of the Mariners, on account of all the losing.
To me, you have to maximize at bats. Your better hitters should have a shot at getting that extra at bat.
Beltre's three-run homer in the 11th inning Saturday was the first allowed by a Cleveland pitcher to a pinch-hitter in extra innings since Hall of Famer Brooks Robinson connected it for Baltimore off LHP Dave LaRoche on April 19, 1977. It was the first pinch-hit homer given up in extra innings by an Indians pitcher at home since RHP Frank Funk served one up to Kansas City's Leo Posada on June 12, 1961.
Every single game is big. When you're supposed to win the game, you need to, because at the very end of the season, making the playoffs or not comes down a couple games here and there. So every game's important, and we're here to play to win every single night.
Source: #Indians on verge of two-year, $16.5 million extension with Asdrubal Cabrera. That would cover 2013 and 2014 -- one free agent year.
We traded Paul Hoynes for cash considerations, so this will be Paul's last day in camp. We actually paid cash.
We're gonna give this guy an extra million, he really moves the runner over and gets his bunts down. #thingsyouneverhere
-Trevor Crowe, seemingly making the dumbest player complaint on Twitter in baseball history
"I heard all of the rumors about how Seattle almost took him with the second pick in the draft," said an American League scout. "Now I understand why. What a player. He can do it all and he could come very quickly. There's a quiet confidence in his game that goes with all five tools, and that's a rare combination."