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Talking rivals and realignment- “In what would be the Central Division within the American Conference, the Indians would still go to battle against the Tigers and Minnesota Twins, but in addition to the other team from Ohio – the Cincinnati Reds – the Wahoos would have a new division rival in the Bucs. A fellow mid-market team that has been handcuffed by salary constraints, Pirate fans have also seen their fair share of big-name players move on to have successes while donning a different jersey.
Only two hours east, the Pirates’ home facility of PNC Park is widely considered one of the best in the game. Nestled along the infamous three rivers, the scenic surroundings coupled with excellent amenities all within walking distance provides Clevelanders with a worthwhile Plan B when it comes to catching a baseball game. If the two teams were to play more often than twice per season, PNC Park would be the closest “rival” stadium; Neil Zurcher’s dream come true.” [Scott/Still WFNY]
“The Cavs have four draft picks, and for anybody that may have forgotten this isn’t the NFL. Teams don’t bring in “draft classes” in the NBA, they bring in one guy usually. The first round pick makes the team in most cases, and if you happen to hit on a second round pick like Carlos Boozer Daniel Gibson, then he makes the team too. The Cavaliers will be bringing in two rookies already with Kyrie Irving and whoever they end up taking at four – assuming they are unable to deal that fourth pick – and I really don’t see how both second rounders will also make the team along with those two first round picks. Chances are neither second round pick will make it, but hopefully one of them does.” [Brendan/Stepien Rules]
Talking about Alomar’s All-Star game homer? Pretty much a guaranteed link- “My vote, naturally, would for the only All-Star Game I’ve ever been to in person. I was lucky enough to get tickets to the 1997 All-Star Game through Ticketmaster over the phone. (Also landed 1994 Opening Day tickets that way too–something that basically never happens now…) We scalped second row tickets for the home run contest the day before for peanuts, and sat right behind someone sporting a giant 1996 World Series championship Yankee ring. (If you ever think about buying tickets for those HR derby days, don’t spend a lot of money–it is incredibly boring.)” [Cleveland Sports Torture]
“In the 10th inning, with the Pirates and Indians knotted 2-2, Brandon Wood hit pitch from reliever Joe Smith for a low liner toward the hole to Cabrera’s right. The ball one-hopped in the dirt in front of the shortstop, and looked destined to be a single to left.
Then, in the blink of an eye, Cabrera snared the ball with his bare hand, took a step and threw across his body to first baseman Carlos Santana. The catch was amazing and the subsequent relay was as incredible. Manager Manny Acta said “half the dugout” was screaming, “Best play ever!” The question is whether it was even Cabrera’s best so far in 2011.” [Major League Bastian]