I guess that rules out Carl Pavano and Shelley Duncan.
ESPN reports today that Roger Clemens’ trainer is ratting him out. He spoke to the Mitchell investigation and reportedly gave Clemens steroids while Clemens was in New York and before. He went on to say that there will be several prominent Yankees named in the report.
Perhaps it is only a coincidence that Alex Rodriguez saw his contract finalized yesterday. Maybe A-Rod was nervous about being named, and wanted his deal done quickly, so he went around Boras to get the deal done. Then again, if this Yankee trainer was looking to cash in this morning, and he had supplied A-Rod, that would be the bigger bombshell.
So far, in all the guessing games and lists floating around the internet there have been no Indians aside from Betancourt and Byrd, who both had tested positive before. Rafael served his suspension, and for the record denies that what he took was any type of steroid. We’ll have to wait and see like the rest of the country.
Here is an excellent recap of players that have already been linked, tested positive, or admitted to using steroids or HGH. That list totals 64 players. If the Mitchell report contains only these names… what a waste of everybody’s time.
If you’re like me about ten minutes of Bonds coverage and 2 minutes of A-Rod news is about all you can take. So after the indictment and contract news yesterday, you may have turned your tv off, or at least your sports radar down to keep your sanity. What you might have missed was an Oregon upset at the hands of Arizona. That’s right, #2 went down again. Yeah, star QB Dixon was injured. But regardless the Ducks lost to a 4-6 team. Thanks for playing Ducks, pick up your consolation prize at the door.
Do I think the Buckeyes have a shot at climbing into one of the top 2 spots? Probably not. I think that LSU would have to lose for that to happen. Kansas and Missouri play each other, with the winner likely facing Oklahoma in the Big 12 Championship. One of those teams will make it to the BCS Championship. West Virginia is ahead of the Buckeyes, but plays Cincinnati, UConn and Pitt. Certainly the Bearcats or the Huskies have a shot at upending the Mountaineers. If West Virginia runs the table they would get in before the Buckeyes easily. Arizona State is one spot behind OSU in the BCS rankings, and plays USC and Arizona. Both are home games. Should they beat USC look for them to leapfrog Ohio State in the polls.
So that means LSU would have to lose another game, West Virginia would have to lose to Cincy or UConn, Arizona State would need to lose one of its remaining games, and the Big 12 games simply need to play themselves out.
Possible? Sure anything’s possible, especially this year. But realistic? Probably not. Let’s enjoy this game Saturday and look forward to the Rose Bowl. If the perfect storm comes along, then we’ll talk about something better.
Sometimes a moment, or a game can define a season or a team. Friday night the 2007 Indians might have had that moment. By now you know the story. You watched as 23 year old Fausto Carmona pitched the playoff game of a lifetime. You saw him strike out 5 Yankees, including soon to be AL MVP Alex Rodriguez 3 times. You watched him limit baseball’s most potent offense to 3 hits. One lone home run accounting for the only Yankee to get past second base. And yet it almost wasn’t enough.
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Bases loaded, 2 outs, bottom of the 11th with a 3-2 count and in steps Travis Hafner. Every kid dreams of this situation as he plays whiffle ball in the back yard. Travis was 2-6 on the night but saved the biggest at bat for last. Travis singled to left to drive home Lofton and take a 2 games to none lead over the Yankees in the ALDS.
The Tribe got an amazing performance from Carmona. He pitched 9 super innings giving up 1 run on only 3 hits and striking out 5 including A-Rod 3 times. Continue reading
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Indians 12 Yankees 3!
Just like we thought it would be! Alright not exactly. C.C. Sabathia struggled a little, but not the Tribe offense. Pumped up from the log wait, C.C. didn’t have his best command tonight. He was high in the strike zone an awful lot. He threw an ungodly amount of pitches. And I might add that the strike zone was pretty small tonight. But what he did was keep the Yankees in check. Though he went only 5 innings, he left the game with the lead, and pitched his way out of a couple of serious jams. Obviously, the 5th inning was the big one. With the bases loaded and one out, and a 3-0 count on Jorge Posada, Sabathia struck him out on high fastballs. Now, a Yankee fan would be quick to point out that the pitches Jorge swung at were more than likely balls. Yep. I’ll agree to that, with the exception of the first one. So what? Your guy swung at them. After a weak pop up by Matsui, the Tribe and C.C. had held strong.
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There is little doubt that Alex Rodriguez will win this year’s AL MVP award. He has the best stats of any hitter in baseball this year. 54 home runs. 156 RBI. A batting average of .314. A slugging percentage of .645. Yep, he’s the best this year.
Funny thing about that MVP award, it sure doesn’t mean much when it comes to the playoffs. At least recently. In fact, if you look at the last 25 years, the MVP of either league has lead their team to a World Series victory a grand total of 3 times. Out of 50 regular season MVP’s only 3 of them went on to win the whole thing. Continue reading
The Yankees came to town and took it to the Tribe 6-1. The only offense the Indians could muster was a solo home run by Barfield. I will admit that Hughes’ curve ball looked tough to handle. It has tremendous action to it- not a big sweeping curve like Shuey would throw, but a quick snapping drop. Meanwhile, A-Rod hit his 501st home run, 37th of the season, and the Indians have now dropped every game we have played against the Yankees this season.
Fausto wasn’t terrible, but he wasn’t as sharp as we have seen him. He seemed rattled when Rodriguez hit the bomb off of him, giving up consecutive hits to Matsui and Cano. He did get 3 double play grounders in the game, and kept us in it through 6. The Indians honored Larry Doby by wearing number 14. A great gesture- and by the way thank you for removing the nameplates for the game as well. Larry Doby Jr. threw out the first pitch. Having been to the Hall of Fame this past week I have a renewed respect for Doby, something I’ll post about at a later time. More after the break. Continue reading