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Terry Francona joins the Dennis and Callahan Show to discuss his first-place Indians team as well as his time in Boston. The former Boston manager also touches on his recent book co-authored by Dan Shaughnessy and Shaughnessy's recent dust-up with David Ortiz.
Cleveland Indians hottest team in baseball, yet remain last in attendance May 19, 2013 By AJ Kaufman 6 Comments There’s a scene in Major League where Bob Uecker, portraying the radio voice of the Indians, bemoans, “In case you haven’t noticed, and judging by the attendance you haven’t, the Indians have managed to win a few here and there, and are threatening to climb out of the cellar.” Well, that was nearly 25 years ago and fictional, but today’s reality is that Cleveland has won 17 of its last 21, and currently tops the AL Central with a mark of 25-17. No one in the majors is better than the Indians in the past month (20-7). That’s great news. The bad news, however, is the Tribe somehow remain in the MLB cellar when it comes to attendance. How can this be? The fact that I wrote on this same topic almost to the day last year – when only Tampa Bay drew fewer fans than Cleveland - may be even more troubling. Though roughly 34,000 watched a walk-off win Friday night against Seattle, perfect weather and free caps weren’t enough to draw more than 36,000 Saturday and Sunday combined. What did the Indians do in those tilts? They nabbed another walk-off win on Saturday, then the Indians crushed the great Felix Hernandez Sunday behind Justin Masterson, arguably the AL’s best pitcher right now. Fun fact: The Indians have already faced eight Cy Young Award winners in 2013: Bartolo Colon, R.A. Dickey, Roy Halladay, Cliff Lee, Jake Peavy , David Price, Justin Verlander and Hernandez. They have won seven out those eight matchups. Simply astounding. This offseason, the much-maligned Indians front office finally made a legitimate attempt to improve the team through free agency. I’m not talking an Ubaldo Jimenez-like trade, but rather smart acquisitions that brought veterans Mike Aviles, Michael Bourn, Jason Giambi, Scott Kazmir, Brett Myers, Mark Reynolds, Drew Stubbs and Nick Swisher to Cleveland. In addition to being a fantastic place to watch a game due to great egress and ingress, with extremely affordable tickets, the best promo lineup anywhere, Jacobs Field boasts overall, cooler, less muggy summer weather than most Midwestern locales. The team also lowered beer and hot dog prices to $4 and $3 respectively. What other professional stadium in any sport offers that? I have visited 28 of the 30 current Major League Baseball stadia, and few top The Jake when all angles are considered. I say that as a baseball fan, not an Indians fan. As for the putative “economic” angle, these are the same people who spend insane amounts of money to watch terrible football every fall and show up in decent numbers for putrid basketball in the winter. Irrespective of season length, those sports charge up to 10 times the price for a ticket, and the atmosphere isn’t half as fan-friendly as baseball. I understand fans’ lack of willingness to get on board to some degree. A decent recap of Cleveland’s decade of “rebuilding” can be read here and the team suffered a horrific collapse last August. However, in addition to all the benefits of attending games at Jacobs (now Progressive) Field, fans should also realize the team has potential and often exceeds preseason aspirations at any point without warning. Cleveland hosts the rival Detroit Tigers — heavy favorites to repeat as AL Central champs — Tuesday and Wednesday nights before hitting the road. The temperature should be pleasant at first pitch each evening so you’d expect The Jake to be full to watch the best hitter on the planet right now — but don’t count on it.
Buchholz offered the most pointed reminder. "This guy is so talented," Nieves said. "He reminds me of a guy like [ Jake ] Peavy . Guys who have incredible feel that are talented enough they can actually throw a fastball at 95 and throw a curveball at 72. When
includes some stellar names, among them: Don Sutton, Roger Clemens , Dwight Gooden, Kerry, Wood , CC Sabathia , Jake Peavy , Felix Hernandez, Clayton Kershaw and Stephen Strasburg , among others. (For the complete list, click here .) Beyond the
Cleveland to Milwaukee. In 2009, Lee had gone from Cleveland to Philadelphia for a rich prospect haul, while an injured Jake Peavy was traded by the rebuilding Padres to a White Sox club that didn’t expect the former Cy Young winner to contribute until 2010. Over
one roundtripper (0.96, to be exact) per nine innings. In 2007, there was exactly one pitcher in the majors ( Jake Peavy ) who had a sub-3.00 ERA while qualifying for the ERA title. This year, there were 14 pitchers with sub-3.00 marks
Nathan is a HUGE blow. Also, think about playing outside in Minnesota ? They may play 12 doubleheaders in September. Jake Peavy isn't being talked about enough. He is a STUD!! AL West : The Angels still rule the West. I know that Seattle is
Hahn said. The White Sox also announced that they agreed to a $29 million, two-year contract with right-hander Jake Peavy , and they are exercising their $9.5 million option to keep right-handed pitcher Gavin Floyd .
083/.214/.083, 1 RBI, 1 walk, 3 strikeouts Alex Rios (9): .375/.444/.500, 1 double, 1 walk Jake Peavy (7): .167/.286/.333, 1 double, 1 walk, 1 strikeout Alexei Ramirez (6): .400/.500/.600, 1 double
I always respected that.” ♦ White Sox pitcher Jake Peavy allowed three home runs to the Yankees on Saturday, and ..... hit the ball in the air and it’s a home run,” Peavy said. Peavy added that New York’s left-handed hitters
25, breaking down as follows: 1-for-6 against Justin Verlander and 0-for-3 against each of Stephen Strasburg, Jake Peavy , Colby Lewis, Josh Johnson, Gio Gonzalez, and Jason Hammel. Youkilis managed just a .196 average in 2011
giving that statement to our fans and to our team, ‘We’re in this thing to win it.’” – White Sox pitcher Jake Peavy . Young boy reacts to trade: A young White Sox fan wasn’t so happy to see Kevin Youkilis come to town because Brent
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Both Xander Bogaerts and Anthony Ranaudo punctuated their strong 2013 seasons with head-turning events on June 13. On that day, Bogaerts, the Red Sox' top prospect, was promoted from Double-A Portland Pawtucket, with the 20-year-old becoming one of the youngest position players in the affiliate's history. On that same day, right-hander Anthony Ranaudo punched out 13 batters for Double-A Portland, the most strikeouts by a Red Sox minor leaguer since Jon Lester in 2005. They joined Minor Details to discuss both those accomplishments and their seasons to date.More from this show