Monday, June 22, 2009


I owe all six readers of this blog an apology for a demented prediction I made earlier last week.

At 6 1/2 games out of first place, I predicted the Tribe would win the Central Division.

Within days, the disadvantaged clowns known as the Indians are now 10 games out and describing them at rock bottom would be a generous description.

Friday they blew a 7-0 lead, Saturday they blew a late lead and Sunday, they just blew.

Jeremy Sowers, who I can’t believe I’m still saying this guys name after three horrendous years donning a Cleveland Indians uniform, is simply not a major league pitcher. For starters, he looks like a 12-year-old stuck in a 8-year-old’s body.

The guy has the nerve to tell the media following yesterday’s debacle that he was exhausted from running out a ground ball. Cry me a river, Jeremy. I hope pumping gas isn’t as tiring, because in a few weeks that’s about the only job Jeremy is going to be able to get.

Any other General Manager in the big leagues would make sure that Sowers would not only be out of the league by now, but banned from standing within 100 yards of any sort of baseball equipment.

It is players like him that set major league baseball back decades.

Besides Cliff Lee, who I’m sure has one foot out the door already awaiting that 100+ million dollar contract he’ll get from New York after the 2010 season, the entire pitching staff needs a major makeover.

The entire coaching staff, as well as GM Mark Shapiro, should have been held accountable a long time ago for this discombobulated franchise.

Seriously, how is Eric Wedge still employed? By a baseball team nonetheless?

I’ve been known to stick up for “Wedgie” for the past three or four years, but I’ve got to draw the line somewhere and right now I couldn’t be drawing more lines.

He has had the same core group of players for four or five years now and the Indians have nothing to show for it. Does he have the talent surrounding him? It’s debatable. But it’s a lot harder to change the whole entire roster. The Indians need a new leader, someone who can light a fire underneath them and teach them, dare I say, fundamentals.

Bunting, base-running, patience at the plate (see: Kelly Shoppach, Grady Sizemore, Jhonny Peralta), etc. Those are all foreign practices for our ball club.

Naturally, a change is in order.

In any other division in baseball, the Indians would have been kicked out off the league by now. Fact.

This team has become an eyesore for the whole state of Ohio.

My new prediction: By August, MLB commissioner Bud Selig will say “enough is enough” and disband the team from the league.

Now that is much more believable.

-Nick Carrabine


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