Indians: 51-34, first place in the AL Central. That's right, I said FIRST.
So the Tigers took two of three from the Tribe and the world didn't end. We're still in first place, and if the season ended today, both teams would be in the postseason. Isn't it so much more fun when teams like Cleveland and Detroit are vying for a playoff spot and not New York? 200 million dollar payroll and no playoffs? That's exactly what they deserve. May they never win another title.
Isn't it hilarious how much better the Yankees were when Scott Brosius was their third baseman? I think it's hilarious.
That left field fence in Detroit looks really bush league. It’s because every new ballpark has to be a bandbox that a 4.50 ERA is considered acceptable in today’s game. Oh, and steroids. Stupid home runs.
Back when the home run was a really exciting play, back when hitting 35 was a big deal, I was a huge fan of the longball hitter. Andre Thornton, Joe Carter, Candy Maldonado (yes, I know this is slumming, but his 22 homers in '90 were all we had)...those were my favorite players. To me the sexiest stat has become ERA. If you can keep it below 3.00, you have to be one hell of a pitcher.
C.C. Sabathia took a loss yesterday, and his record stands at 12-3. Still a good chance to be the first twenty game winner for the Tribe since Gaylord Perry did it in 1974.
Speaking of Joe Carter, he belongs in the Hall of Fame. Just an RBI machine, a champion and a class act. The anti-Bonds. He was also the only reason to watch the Indians for many years. If his career started a decade later, he would have hit 500 homers.
You can add Dale Murphy to that class too.
I'm pretty sure the Indians won't do anything before the trade deadline. Why? Because they never do.
Still not a peep out of the Cavs since the finals. I really have no clue at this point as to how they plan on getting themselves a point guard. I just know the are going to get one. I know it. They have to, right? Reading the offseason gossip columns is a colossal waste of time.
They guy I'm most excited about this year is Shannon Brown. I hope he begins to fill the role that Larry Hughes was supposed to play.
I have a very strong feeling that we've seen the last of Anderson Varejao in Cleveland. Remember when the Cavs overpaid for another backup big man about 15 years ago? I'll give you a hint: his name was Hot Rod Williams. That was a disaster that I hope they don't repeat. I love Anderson. He is not worth 7 million a year.
Forget Zydrunas Ilguaskas' contract already. He is a valuable player that most any team would love to have. Donyell Marshall's contract, however, gets uglier every time I look at it.
On that note, please no Derek Fisher. Please no Morris Peterson. Please, please no Brevin Knight. No more junking up the team with bad contracts for marginal players.
Nets pay Vince Carter 60 million over four years? Great news for the rest of the league. I loved seeing Vince get completely handled by Sasha Pavlovic in round two of the playoffs. Give Sasha a raise now. But not too much of one. He's probably gone too, actually.
Just guess what teams Kevin Garnett and Kobe Bryant are going to play for next year. The media has been trading Garnett for the past 4 years. The Timberwolves haven't.
We at McBone are pleased that LeCharles Bentley might be ready for the season opener this year. We are overjoyed that he is still alive. Talk about a freak injury. Jesus. This guy has been through it, that's for sure.
Nate's unreasonable prediction of the week:
The media will shut up about the fabulously uninteresting Kobe Bryant for five minutes.