Monday, August 20, 2012

Aquatic Maintenance Uniforms

Man, I'm tired. I'm not tired of baseball or anything. I'm just really tired as of this moment and ready for bed - even though I took a little nap after work and didn't do anything exciting enough to make one tired. I even had an extra Pepsi MAX for lunch. MAX!

I almost got woken up at the end of this one, but poor ol' Sad Jason Kipnis couldn't capitalize on one out and bases loaded in the 9th.

Don't be too sad, bro - most of the other guys on the team would choke in that situation too.

Ubaldo was the starter and he was markedly better than Bad Ubaldo but not exactly Good Ubaldo. He went 5 2/3 and only gave up 3 earned runs, but it was in the form of two 2-out homers. Basically everyone hung on to the edge of their seats waiting for things to get much, much worse but thankfully they never did. He did strike out 8.

Joe Smith came in to finish up the 6th and suddenly Joe Smith isn't consistently good and in fact he is consistently not so good having given up 3 runs in his last 2 OUTS of work. Yeah man, just 2 outs, 3 runs. He gave up 1 tonight but granted it was after getting the last out of the 6th and then walking a guy in the 7th who then came in thanks to a homer from a guy Sipp pitched to. You follow? Well follow this - Smith got the loss.

Sipp finished that inning with no more runs and started the 8th. He pitched one out then they brought in Cody Allen who still fucking rocks, and he still gave up zero runs and is a total stud!

Quick thing about Chris Perez - he got into a shouting/swearing match with an Oakland fan which didn't seem cool. But today we find out that the fan had been heckling him for 4 years and Perez was trying to avoid the guy but it didn't happen. His nickname is Pure Rage, anyway. So, after a morning of being slightly disappointed with Perez I am now back on his side. I mean, heckling the Indians Oakland...for FOUR years? Who does that?!?! Probably the same dickhead who puffs away at a vuvuzuela at all the A's games.

Send him a positive tweet if you think he's cool. I did.

Sad Kipnis shouldn't be too sad - he DID start the game off with a homer! And he went 2 for 5 on the night with 2 RBI. His first multi-hit game since August 3 and his first multi-RBI game since July 18! Boy do I hope it's an upswing for the Kid...

Asdrubal is back in his upswing, after being shut out last night he went 2 for 4 tonight. He's gone 2 for 4 in 4 of his last 5 games!

Oh, but it's apparently lonely at the top as Choo was shut out again and Santana only managed a hit and a walk, again. His hit was a double and everything but he is just not getting any RBIs lately. Is it Choo? Is it Asdrubal? I guess he does need someone to hit in and stuff.

Brantley didn't get a hit today but he did walk, so he went 0 for 3. Phil Dawson got himself a Fresh Brewed Tee today. Surely Brantley is the Tribe's version of Dawson (however short-lived his tenure thus far) - his tee must be on the horizon!

Casey Kotchman went 1 for 3 with a walk today. Yeah buddy!

Zeke got on base in the 5th with a bunt, then came around to score. Just like we planned! But later in the 9th, he got an almost-home-run-BROKEN-BAT-double off the wall! Off the wall! They don't want him swingin' for power, though. How do you even deal with that? He has power, except when he doesn't. No reason to swing for the fences when you can guide it 20 feet down the line and easily reach first. But...broken bat double off the wall! Bother...

Jason Donald's hitting streak ended. Sucks.

So after all that, I'm pretty tired. I think I'm coming down with a case of last-minute allergies, now that we suddenly have rain and grass. Only one more late night game then we're done with that for the SEASON! Tomorrow we're back in Seattle versus...uhm...well it's Hernandez versus Hernandez. We're gonna need a bigger boat.

I highly recommend tuning in on the radio tomorrow night if you can. It's the last night game of a long west coast trip and maybe, I'm thinking, it just might be a blowout. Hammy and Rosie were starting to lose their noodles today, it can only get worse tomorrow. So put on the radio behind the TV, I think you'll end up hearing something good.

It's at 10:05 - see you there!

Radio Chatter:
"You never know what you're going to get with Ubaldo Jiminez. Lately, a lot of those chocolates have no filling."
- Tom Hamilton channels Forrest Gump

"John Rocker [...] was getting heckled by a group of fans during warm-up, and he threw a cup of lemonade at them. Only it wasn't lemonade. [...] John Rocker is undoubtedly the biggest idiot in baseball."
- Tom Hamilton

"That's not going from the frying pan to the fire. That's going from the frying pan to the furnace."
- Tom Hamilton on the Indians facing Felix Hernandez tomorrow

"Ed Hickox must feel like one of those ducks at the county fair that everybody is shooting at to try to win a prize, and nobody is missing."
- Tom Hamilton on the home plate umpire getting hit a lot

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