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“But what also stands out about the Indians is the way that profound production has come not necessarily in a steady flow but in a series of flamboyant bursts. “If you look at our games,” Reynolds said, “we’ve either been getting blown out or blowing people out.”
If we define a “blowout” as a game decided by five or more runs, as Baseball Reference does, then the Indians have been involved in 12 of them — seven wins and five losses — in 29 games played. It’s made for somewhat erratic work for the back-end relievers, and it’s also ensured that the Indians are either as entertaining and enticing an offense as exists in the game today or, well, a bit on the dull side, depending on when you happen to tune in. They’ve scored 7.8 runs per game in their wins and 2.29 runs per game in their losses.” [Castrovince/MLB.com]
“Cribbs was expected to sign with the Arizona Cardinals this offseason, but he hasn’t fully recovered from surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his knee. The Cardinals then used a third-round pick on Tyrann Mathieu, who has big-play ability as a returner.
Asked if Cribbs was off the Cardinals’ radar, general manager Steve Keim told the team’s official website: “That’s something we have already explored. At this point, I really can’t get any further into it, so I will leave it at that.”
That doesn’t sound like Cribbs is on the Cardinals’ priority list. Early in free agency, it was reported that Cribbs was deciding between the Cardinals and the New England Patriots. But the Patriots are no longer an option after they signed return man Leon Washington.” [Hensley/AFC North Blog]
“The growth of spending on athletics overall is unsustainable. It’s climbing at a rate that’s double what it costs to fund a normal student, which coincides with tuition costs that are already skyrocketing at their own unsustainable rates. I personally don’t care enough about creating a strategy to knock of an SEC team in a single January football game, largely because I’m not one of the consumers that college football has to fight to keep engaged. I also can’t get too worked up over paying players who garner seven times the investment (or in SEC athletes’ cases, 12 times) that a regular college student does.
They should be be paid, but it shouldn’t be the financial priority.That should be holding publicly-funded schools with booming athletic departments in power conferences that have the means to be sustainable exclusively through non-tuition and non-tax dollars accountable for doing exactly that.” [Ramzy/Eleven Warriors]
“What about the word ‘uniform’ is confusing? Since this is a Clearing the Decks, I wish to voice my long-held pique at the decades-long problem of: why do sports uniforms stop at the knee? I got into this with Dambrot’s Akron Basketball team and their expressions of individuality with their sock selections. But you see it in pro-hoops, NFL… and it’s really apparent in baseball. (See jpg above.) It looks plain that the apparel makers call the shots. I’ve got a frosty Bud Light waiting for the first coach who has the balls to say: Your uniform includes proper wearing of socks and shoes.” [Kanick]
Not Cleveland related at all, but well done Matt Kemp. Watch the video- “Here’s the backstory, as well as we can piece together via YouTube descriptions and comments: The fan in the video, Joshua Jones, is fighting “a tough battle,” says his friend Tommy Schultz, who filmed and uploaded the video. Jones’ family “put money together” to get great seats to see the Dodgers play the Giants in San Francisco. The group, including dad Steve Jones and brother Ryan Jones, was able to get the attention of Dodgers third-base coach Tim Wallach. Wallach said he’d try to get Kemp to come by after the game. Not only did Kemp come by, he made this fan’s year by giving him half of his uniform — and he surely brought a smile to the face of anybody watching.” [Oz/Big League Stew]
And one more. “About 20 people lost limbs in the Boston Marathon bombings. Now they’re swimming in that soup of phantom pain and real fear of what their future holds. Boy, do I have a kid for them.
His name is Josh Ruchotzke. He’s 18. And he’s one of the better hitters on the Farmington (Ill.) High School varsity baseball team. Why does Josh matter? Because he’s basically doing it all without legs or hands.” [Reilly/ESPN]