Last Night's Game
The good news about last night's loss was that if you had plans, you wouldn't have to worry about the outcome of the game, as it was essentially over by the time the Indians got to bat. This weekend's series may end up being one of the best-attended series of the year, and could go down as one of the worst series of the year. Not exactly a good way to keep fan interest. Carlos Carrasco was blitzed early, and only lasted four innings.
Before tonight's game the Indians unveiled a statue honoring Larry Doby, the man who broke the American League color barrier. He dealt with the same trials that Jackie Robinson faced with the Dodgers, whether it was opposing pitchers throwing at him, or visiting fans yelling racial epithets at him. Doby thrived despite that adversity; he was a key reason why the Indians won the 1948 World Series, and led them back to the World Series in 1954. He was one of the best center fielders of the era, an era that included Willie Mays and Mickey Mantle. He entered the Hall of Fame in 1998, and now his likeness will greet fans entering Progressive Field for years to come.
Speaking of the Hall of Fame, the Hall will officially welcome four new members this afternoon. Randy Johnson, Pedro Martinez, Craig Biggio and John Smoltz will be inducted today, one of the biggest (and most talented) classes in recent years. Here's hoping that next year's class is as large.
Hamels might be traded this week, and if he is, that would be one heck of a finale as a Phillie. Hamels no-hit a talented lineup, striking out 13 and walking just two while throwing 129 pitches.
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Jesus Aguilar was called in place of a reliever on Thursday, and I have a feeling that that move may be reversed shortly. Carrasco's short outing meant that both Jeff Manship and Austin Adams had to go multiple innings.