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Yesterday in Baseball History

October 1, 2009

Good day everyone, and happy October. The baseball season is getting ready to wrap up, with final playoff jockeying taking shape. Powerhouses like the Yankees, Red Sox, Angels, Phillies, and Dodgers are setting their rotations for the playoffs. Meanwhile, disappointments like the Indians, Cubs, Mets, Royals and many other clubs are trying to determine what exactly went wrong in 2009, and how they can get back into contention in 2010. With the playoffs set to begin, and baseball playoff previews sure to follow this weekend, I just wanted to highlight a couple points in baseball history as we wrap up the month of September.

1927 – Babe Ruth hit his 60th home run of the season in the eighth inning off Tom Zachary to lead the New York Yankees to a 4-2 victory over the Washington Senators.

1956 – White Sox hurler Jim Derrington becomes the youngest pitcher in modern history to start a game. He loses to Kansas City 7-6 at the age of 16 years and 10 months.

1980 – A’s outfielder Rickey Henderson sets the American League single-season stolen base record with his 98th in a 5-1 win over the White Sox, breaking Ty Cobb’s record of 96 set in 1915. Henderson ended up finishing the season with 100 stolen bases!

1984 – California Angels pitcher Mike Witt hurled a 1-0 perfect game against the Texas Rangers.

1988 – Orel Hershiser of the Los Angeles Dodgers broke Don Drysdale’s record of 58 consecutive scoreless innings by shutting out San Diego for 10 innings. The Padres won in the 16th inning, 2-1.

1992 – George Brett became the 18th player to get 3,000 hits in the Kansas City Royals’ 4-0 win over the California Angels.

1995 – There were many players that I loved on the dynamic ’95 Indians team that went to the World Series, but at the time, nothing was more exciting than a plate appearance by Albert “Joey” Belle. On this day in 1995, Albert became the first player in MLB history to post 50 homers and 50 doubles in the same season. I actually vividly remember that game, as I was lucky enough to be in attendance at Jacobs Field that day (and still have the ticket stub to prove it). It was a tremendous atmosphere as the postseason was about to begin, and Belle’s unique achievement was the icing on the cake. What made the feat all the more impressive was that Belle only played in 143 games that season due to the season being shortended by the previous season’s players’ strike. To this day, no other player has joined Belle in this unique club. Whether by steroids or corked bats, Belle was one of the most feared hitters in all of baseball throughout the mid-1990’s. However, it should also be noted that Belle was also the first player in baseball history to chase down and run over a trick-or-treater in his car after a group of vandals were throwing eggs at his house on Halloween.

2009 – The Indians fire manager Eric Wedge after seven seasons at the helm. With only one postseason on his resume, the “Grinder” became the fall guy for a team that spent most of 2009 in the AL Central’s cellar after being in the ALCS only two years prior. A mostly mild-mannered, soft-spoken manager, Wedge was never overly passionate in the dugout and generally let his team’s play on the field speak for him. The early favorites to replace him are former Tribe pitcher and current Red Sox pitching coach John Farrell, former Tribe manager Mike Hargrove, former manager Buck Showalter, and current Indians triple-A manager Torey Lovullo.

Here’s hoping that this year’s MLB playoffs are as exciting as some of those in recent memory. There are a lot of great teams ready to do battle, and it should make for an exciting month of October. Also, a quick shout out must be given to Jack Potts for inspiration on this post.

July 30, 2009

These Links bring the Thunder…

Women in Love with a Roller Coaster. Literally. [Blog of Hilarity]
Listomania [Friends of the Program]
Megan Fox is a Genius [Manofest]
Name to Know: Fu-Te Nu [More Hardball]
No Triple Crown for Pittsburgh [Sharapova’s Thigh]
Martinez to Red Sox or Rays? [Fan Nation]
Hey! Move that F’in Thing: A Gallery [Holy Taco]
The Bakers NFL Preview: The Cleveland Browns [Rumors and Rants]
Two Odd Couple Mash Ups for Your Listening Entertainment [Bro Bible]
I Never Knew That the Phillies and Indians Were the Same Team [No Guts, No Glory]
Jay Mariotti Makes Kids Cry [Awful Announcing]
Braylon Update (And More Brown Bitches!) [Cleveland Frowns]

I’ll Have a Bag of Peanuts and Some Lipo…

July 7, 2009

Well, I have seen some pretty sweet promotions by baseball teams (i.e. Rick Vaughn Glasses Night) but this one is just off the wall. The Mahoning Valley Scrappers are the single A short season affiliate of the Cleveland Indians and tomorrow night, July 8th will be giving away something sure intrigue some women in the valley. One lucky woman will be the recipient of free liposuction. Yes, that’s right, liposuction.

“The Mahoning Valley Scrappers and Valley Surgical Arts will be giving away a liposuction treatment to one lucky lady during the July 8th Scrappers game against the Auburn Doubledays.
Fans can register for the promotion by stopping by the Anthem Fan Assistance Center and filling out an entry form. The Scrappers will select five finalists that will be invited to the July 8th Ladies Night Celebration, sponsored by Valley Surgical Arts. During the game, the five finalists will be invited down to the field, where the Scrappers will announce the grand prize winner.”

I know the Tribe is hurting this year, but I didn’t know that it was trickling down this far. Ironically, Wednesday nights at the ballpark are “All you can eat Wednesdays” and “Wendy’s Wednesdays”. This sounds like the organization and the Valley Surgical Arts are working together on this one.

Noodle Arm Night

June 19, 2009

One of the many things I love about living in Las Vegas and being from Ohio is finding Midwest deals. Let me define. A Midwest deal is a “special” that a bar or venue has that would resemble something you would find somewhere in the midwest. A popular Midwest “special” would be something along the lines of dollar night. To date, there are 6 “Dollar Beer” nights left at the Las Vegas 51’s games. The 51’s are the triple A affiliate of the Toronto Blue Jays, formerly the Los Angeles Dodgers. It is $9 for a ticket and then all the goodness of Bud and Budlight (Diesel and Unleaded to the college person) you can drink for $1 a beer. I don’t even care if your like baseball, a dollar is a dollar any way you cut it. There isn’t much more you can ask for except for an exceptional ending. For your information I have yet to remember exactly how a game has ended. With that being said, what, you might ask, could make this better? Please let me elaborate…

Last night, I was able to see the 51’s play a great game (I think). The best thing I heard all night was the #3 hitter coming up to bat…a Mr. David Dellucci. The noodle arm himself. Being a Cleveland Indians fan, I found this to be amazing. I thought it unbelievable that I didn’t see on ESPN’s Bottom Line that David Dellucci had been picked up by the Canadian birds of the north (ha). I have always believed that Dellucci’s arm had gone “bye bye” a long time ago, but now I think I know for sure. I saw Dellucci one hop a ball from left field to third base. Third Base! Maybe his bats could redeem him right? Wrong. His 0-4 plate appearance with 2 strike outs was less than stellar to say the least. I was never a fan of David Dellucci’s and now I have to sit through my $1 beer nights and watch him play? That seems a little unfair. If Dellucci loves baseball as much as I do or as much as the surfer in the Red Sox hat that thought he was at a rave does, he has to know its time to hang them up. I don’t see him being more than a liability for any team.

SIDE NOTE: I called Jack Potts, a fellow Fan of the Feather, to tell him of the debacle and his response was “throw something at him, anything you can find, throw it”. I knew I should have done it because there is no way Dellucci could throw back any foriegn object hard enough to hurt someone. Also, I respect the sanctity of the game and all I ask is that he do the same…

A Night to Remember

February 18, 2009

In 1974 the Cleveland Indians were struggling on the field and to get fans in the seats, what a surprise, right? For those of you who remember Municipal Stadium, it was not petite by any means. With profits slumping, The Tribe came up with the great idea of 10-cent beer night. Also, the organization and vendors of the ballpark decided that there should be no restriction on the amount of 10-ounce beers one person could purchase. Prolific!
As the game with the Texas Rangers began so did the trouble in the stands. During the first inning fans were lighting fireworks and smoke bombs. If you were a spectator you may have thought it was firework night at the ballpark due to the consistent explosions heard throughout the evening.
During the second inning a topless woman who was identified as “somewhat large” rumbled and stumbled her way onto the field. The drunken heffer was hunting for some D as she chased around an umpire, unsuccessfully obtaining a kiss from Nestor Chylak.
Things did not stop there. Two innings later, after a Rangers home run, a streaker entered the base path and slid into second base. He must have been torn up in so many ways. 
A father and son greeted Mike Hargrove, the American League’s Rookie of the Year during his first at bat by bending over in the infield and exposing their butt cheeks. The fireworks continued in the sixth inning when Cleveland fans began to throw firecrackers at the Texas Rangers pitchers warming up in the bullpen.
Jeff Burroughs, Rangers right fielder, was no longer able to concentrate in the field due to the unrelenting flow of angry Cleveland fans that wandered onto the field. Whether the fans wanted to talk to him, yell at him or shake his hand the number of fans wandering through the outfield was more than the stadiums security was capable of handling. 
As the sloppy got sloppier, the crowd began to pelt the backs of Rangers players with everything from batteries to Municipal Stadium seating. Mike Hargrove, who would later play for and eventually manage the Indians, stated, “I remember getting spat on a lot and having a lot of hot dogs thrown at me. Somebody threw a gallon jug of Thunderbird wine at me.” 
After all of this, the Indians faced a 5-3 deficit entering the bottom of the ninth, they managed to tie the score up and had the winning run on second base. At that point, an Indians fan ran onto the field and knocked the cap off of Jeff Burroughs head. Burroughs began to chase the fan which forced play to stop. This caused Rangers players, and manger to rush onto the field armed with their Louisville sluggers, to help their teammate. At the same time, fans began to pour into right field. Fans brought glass bottles, broken chairs, metal chains and even knives as weapons.
Due to the melee the umpire decided to give the game to the Rangers, thus ending the Tribe’s comeback and the rare opportunity for a win by the Indians. The umpires didn’t have much of an option. All the bats were broken, the baselines were gone and someone literally had stolen the bases. If this game hadn’t been called by the umpires than Cleveland may have seen it’s first Natural Disaster, not to be mistaken with their annual man made disaster.
All in all, nine people were arrested and seven were sent to the hospital but not until 65,000 cups of beer had been consumed. This game is remembered as the worst example of drunken debauchery in baseball history. 
Oddly enough though, after the riot the Cleveland Indians organization made no plans to put a stop to the two other Ten Cent Beer Nights scheduled for the season. The June 4 promotion turned out to be quite popular, drawing 25,134 people, more than double the average of Cleveland’s crowd that season. However, the league forced the Indians organization to cancel those promotions, pointing out the obvious in stating, “There was no question that beer played a great part in the affair.” 

Facial Hair… There Ain’t Nothin Wrong With That!

February 9, 2009
To some people big messy facial hair is something to laugh and poke fun at; to others it can be considered artwork. As a man who can grow some decent facial hair I understand the time and effort that needs to be put in to grow a respectable cheek rug. After doing some extensive research I have come up with a list of the Picasso’s of facial hair throughout the sports world. Enjoy the pure beauty these men have on their faces.

Best Dick Broom (Moustache)

Rollie Fingers – Oakland A’s, San Diego Padres, Milwaukee Brewers (1968 – 1985)

Lanny McDonald – Toronto Maple Leafs, Colorado Rockies, Calgary Flames (1973 – 1989)

George Parros – Los Angeles Kings, Colorado Avalanche, Anaheim Ducks (2005 – Present)

Greg Maddux – Chicago Cubs, Atlanta Braves, San Diego Padres, Los Angeles Dodgers (1986 – 2008)

Dennis Eckersley – Cleveland Indians, Boston Red Sox, Chicago Cubs, Oakland A’s, St. Louis Cardinals (1975 – 1998)

Best Chin Scarf (Goatee)

Jeff Bagwell – Houston Astros (1991 – 2005)

Jim “The Anvil” Neidhart – The Hart Foundation (1979 – 1996)
Jay Buhner – New York Yankees, Seattle Mariners (1987 – 2001)
Nick Swisher – Oakland A’s, Chicago White Sox, New York Yankees (2004 – Present)
Alexi Lalas – New England Revolution, Kansas City Wizards, Los Angeles Galaxy (1994 – 2003)
Best Ear Handles (Side Burns)
Joe Mauer – Minnesota Twins (2004 – Present)
Walt Frazier – New York Knicks, Cleveland Cavaliers (1967 – 1980)
Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson – Nation of Domination (1995 – 2004)
Artis Gilmore – Chicago Bulls, San Antonio Spurs, Boston Celtics     (1972 – 1989)
Brady Anderson – Boston Red Sox, Baltimore Orioles, Cleveland Indians (1988 – 2002)
Best Flavor Saver (Fu Manchu)
Joe Namath – New York Jets, Los Angeles Rams (1965 – 1977)
Scott Player – Arizona Cardinals, Cleveland Browns (1998 – 2007)

Al Hrabosky – St. Louis Cardinals, Kansas City Royals, Atlanta Braves (1970 – 1982)
Rod Beck – San Francisco Giants, Chicago Cubs, Boston Red Sox, San Diego Padres (1991 – 2004)
Sal Fasano – Kansas City Royals, Oakland A’s, Colorado Rockies, Anaheim Angels, Baltimore Orioles, Philadelphia Phillies, New York Yankees, Toronto Blue Jays, Cleveland Indians (1996 – Present)
Best Pussy Tickler (Beard)

Bill Lee – Boston Red Sox, Montreal Expos (1962 – 1982)
Glen Hubbard – Atlanta Braves, Oakland A’s (1978 – 1989)
Bruce Sutter – Chicago Cubs, St. Louis Cardinals, Atlanta Braves     (1976 – 1988)
Lyle Alzado – Denver Broncos, Cleveland Browns, Oakland Raiders (1971 – 1985)
Mike Commodore – New Jersey Devils, Carolina Hurricanes, Ottawa Senators, Columbus Blue Jackets (2000 – Present)
I understand that there are countless athletes sporting some chin curtains or even a mouth brow (not to be mistaken with eye brow) that I have forgotten so feel free to comment on anyone who you feel was left out. If this list of masterpieces didn’t tickle your fancy than contact Sahli, a Thunder Treats contributor, his Struthers high school yearbook is dripping with brutal facial hair.

*Thank Dilo for his knowledge of nicknames for facial hair*

Lou Brown in 2010?

January 19, 2009

Is it out of the question to believe that Lou Brown is the right man to bring the Cleveland Indians to their first World Series title in 60 years?
After a disappointing 81-81 season in 2008 the Cleveland Indians have been busy this offseason signing former Chicago Cubs closer Kerry Wood to fill the meteor sized hole in the bullpen. This allows Indians fans to forget about the likes of Joe Borowski and Bob “Two Chipotle Burritos in the Bullpen” Wickman.
The Tribe has also improved their roster via trade. Cleveland found the 3rd baseman they desperately needed in Mark Derosa of the Chicago Cubs. They also received Joe Smith, a  submarine-style reliever and Luis Valbuena, a 2nd base prospect in a 3 team trade involving the NY Mets and Seattle Mariners.
The Indians moves this offseason have not only given them the talent, but the depth to push for the AL Central title again in 2009. This makes the leash on Eric Wedge even shorter, leading me to believe that if the Tribe indeed happen to break our hearts again that Lou Brown is the man in 2010.
Eric Wedge is a career .233 batter with 5 Major League Home Runs and 12 RBI’s. With career numbers such as those you have to believe David Delucci and Eric Wedge have analyzed and compared one another this offseason. Im certain they have a lot in common. 
You may be asking what Lou Brown can bring to the Indians organization that Eric Wedge cannot?
Lou can help “Pronk” from swinging the bat like Pat Thompson in 2009, like he helped Perdo Cerrano handle the breaking ball against “The Duke” in the one game divisional playoff game against the NY Yankees. 
Next, only Lou Brown was wise enough to move Ricky “Wild Thing” Vaughn to the closer role with the Tribe’s bullpen being in schambles, much like the 2008 season in C-Town. 
Finally, after breaking down film and watching Willie “Mays” Hayes score from 2nd base on the “Called Shot” bunt to defeat the Yankees in the bottom of the 9th there is no chance that Kenny Lofton would have been held at 3rd base trailing 3-2 in the top of 7th inning of game 7 in Fenway Park.
Now this is all just speculation but if Lou Brown were to receive a call from the Cleveland Indians before the 2010 season I’m sure he’d hang up the phone with the guy on the other line asking about some white walls.
Opening Day Monday April 6, 2009 (47 days away)
Cleveland Indians vs. Texas Rangers
Cleveland Indians Projected Starting Lineup
1- Grady Sizemore CF
2- Mark Derosa 3B
3- Jhonny Peralta SS
4- Victor Martinez 1B
5- Kelly Shoppach C
6- Shin-Soo Choo RF
7- Travis Hafner DH
8- Ben Francisco LF
9- Asdrubal Cabrera 2B
SP- Cliff Lee