Friday, June 1, 2012

The Kids Are All Right

We are all Kipnises!

What a game! I'm a little peeved I didn't end up going...I was going to go with a friend, then he flaked and I was going to go by myself. But then I saw there'd be fireworks and a promotional giveaway and thought "nah, they don't need my ass in the seats today." But my other friend was there and she said it was sparse so I don't know (it was actually 19k so that's "good" for the Tribe this year). I know I missed a bomb by Lonnie and the season's first grand slam!

But instead I stayed home and got to not only hear Candy Maldonado (!!) and Carlos Baerga chat with the radio guys, but also none other than Albert Belle who drank a cup of Grown Up Juice and is now a swell guy with lots of things to say. It was pretty much a life-changing radio event for those of us who were around in the 90s! It almost made me want to take up golf so I can spend a day on the links with Belle and Maldonado and Rosie. But not really, because ugh -golf.

One thing I did do today is sign me and my friends up for Cleveland Indians Photo Day on June 18. We already have 4 sweet behind-the-plate tickets for that day that I got at auction, and 4 batting practice tickets that I got at a different auction. And it's Asdrubal bobblehead day, and now we're going to get our photo taken with one of the players. How cool is that? I had no idea it existed and all you have to do is sign up to get in. I signed up and got a confirmation of my registration right away! I wonder who the player will be? I'll pretty much take anyone! Hmm except the two guys with the initials JD, how about that? Sandy or Manny would be cool too.

Jeez, I don't think I'm going to sleep until June 18 now. This will be almost as cool as our game at the Hargrove Suite. But really nothing can be as cool as the Hargrove Suite.

Anyway, also exciting today was that it was Derek's Lowe's 39th birthday and he got his 7th win and went 6 2/3 innings to boot! This is the team he pitched a shutout to last time around. He actually struck 2 out this time (NONE last time!) and "only" had 9 groundball outs. Just 5 hits and 1 walk, and he only gave up 1 earned run. He's got the Lowe-st (HA!) ERA on the team now, 3.06 and he's tied for wins in the AL with 7. He did get hit by a ball in the calf early on and damn right we all went "EEP!" but he shook it off - literally - and told everyone he was fine. And he was.

Hagadone and Accardo came in to finish it up and did just fine. They gave up 1 hit between them and struck out 2. Glad I didn't miss the Firestarter tonight.

Choo was out there Choo-in it up, finally with his first multi-hit game in a week. And of course he turned those 2 hits into 2 runs!

Yeah, I'm pretty sold on the Kipnis. I just remembered the other day that he signed my ball this winter, along with Shelley Duncan and the other Jason guy. I've got the Shelley side face up on my display...maybe it's time to show that I am a Kipnis?

Anyway, @TheJK_Kid went 2 for 5 today and got himself the team's first GRAND SLAM of the season! So he ended up with 4 RBI and a run, and his 12th stolen base. And he got plonked in the head with a ball while on the bases, but apparently since he's a "dirtbag" his head was all right. Carlos Baerga was in the booth for the grand slam and he was just beside himself. Kipnis is Baerga's dude. If Kipnis wasn't convincing you on his own, well now you've heard it from Baerga. Believe!

Asdrubal wasn't totally on fire tonight (no doubt he was missing me and OMG ASDRUBAL!!!), only going 1 for 5. But he's only been back a short while. I expect him to rock out this weekend.

LOPEZ! I don't know what I was talking about Wednesday saying his welcome is wearing out. Cuz he's working his way back up to deserving DH status by going 2 for 5 tonight.

Don't forget Cousin Michael, tho! He's got a TEN GAME HITTING STREAK. His average is painstakingly moving towards .300. Just 60 points to go before he's where I told you he'd be!

Casey Kotchman is the only guy who didn't get a hit today, and yes, that is surprising. Because Old Man Whatshisface went 2 for 4 and scored a run. You wouldn't believe how hard it is to dislike an Indians player while loving the Indians team. It's like having to hate one of your own children. Except not because this is just a game.

The other "kid" who knocked our collective socks off tonight is Lonnie Chisenhall who got his 2nd home run in 4 games right there in the 2nd. A "no doubt about it" homer, even. He ended up going 3 for 4 with 2 runs and 2 RBI!!! Not to be outdone by Kipnis, he also stole a base. FUCKIN' A, LONNIE! I wonder if Hannahan comes back they'll put Lonnie in at DH? If he came back tomorrow I'd totally do that (sorry Lopez).

Tough Guy Lou Marson was back today after getting beaned in his beautiful mouth on Sunday. They said Lonnie Soloff had to "take him to the dentist" which just sounds so weird cuz they're both grown men. But to the dentist he went and his mouth was all stitched up and they joked that they weren't sure if the ball was ok yuk yuk. The stitches came out and Sweet Lou geared up and ended up going 1 for 3 tonight with a walk. That does in fact make a 3-game hitting streak for Lou, which is notable when you're hitting .185.
Still shiny!
In the middle of all this, KSU is playing Kentucky in the NCAA Div I baseball playoffs. It's in the 21st inning right now. That's pretty wild, considering our game only went 2:30. Also going on tonight is Johan Santana threw the first no-hitter for the Mets. Seriously, Mets? I guess you'll have that with those "expansion teams" heh.

Anyway, if you were thinking about going to a game, you should go tomorrow because it's gonna be on Fox and we don't want it to look sparse. Of course, once again, I am being dragged out to do things out of the house and I'll miss the entire damn thing and have to catch it on the radio. Not that I don't love radio but seeing a game on TV is a rare treat for me and missing it makes me grrrr...

Maybe I'll go to the game Sunday, then.

Tomorrow's game is 7:15 against the Twins again. And we gotta mop up these Twins because they suck. Boston sucks too and they mopped US up so we've got to keep this shit going so we can swing in to Detroit on Tuesday and kick some more kitty ass.

I'll be late, of course, but I hope you enjoy the game. See you there!

Radio Chatter:
"Mike, I'd say the chances of Tom, Wendy and the kids listening to us right now is slim-to-none. [...] Their son is in a nail-biter against one of the top teams in the country. This game is of no consequence to them right now."
- Jim Rosenhaus on Tom Hamilton's family watching his son Nick and the Golden Flashes play in the NCAA tournament

"I know it's gonna be a bullet. He's gonna hit a line drive. [...] I called it! This guy's gonna be a big guy!"
- Carlos Baerga on Jason Kipnis before he hit a grand slam

"Jim Rosenhaus has a smile like a cheshire cat right now..."
- Mike Hegan brings up golf, which leads in to the story of Rosie's 65 foot putt

"That's why you can never count on spring training. They always say 'Barring injury...'"
- Mike Hegan

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