I guess all I have to do is call out the Indians and they respond. In yesterday’s post I questioned whether Indians fans should be happy they are only two games out of first place when they offense has been awful or worried. I called out Travis Hafner and Ryan Garko saying they need to get going for the offense to get going. Well guess who comes up big for the Tribe last night? That’s right, Hafner and Garko. It’s about time. Hopefully Hafner’s HR and Garko’s what turned out to be the game winning double gets them back on track.
If it wasn’t for them, then the Tribe could have wasted another Cy Young worthy performance by C.C. Sabathia. Sabathia through his second complete game of the month. And that’s not including his 9 innings in the game the Indians lost in extra innings. C.C.’s a beast. Like Sabathia, Josh Beckett has 11 wins with a slightly lower ERA, 3.04 to 3.24. Dan Haren, who Cleveland faces tonight, is 9-2 with a 1.78 ERA but it’s C.C. who should start the All-Star game. C.C. has the most innings pitched, has more strikeouts than both of them, has throw two complete games to none for both of them including one shutout. C.C. has been more dominate and if a little more run support he could easily be 13-1 or even 14-1. He still has two more starts before the All-Star Game and if he gets to 13 wins he deserves to start. Beckett can still get to 13 wins too, but we’ve already went over why C.C. gets the nod above him. I think it helps that Jim Leyland is the manager of the AL. Being in the same division he should stick with C.C. out of respect.
More on the who should make the All-Star Game probably tomorrow but for now I need to talk about something that’s been bothering me for some time.
It’s the new Die Hard movie, Live Free or Die Hard. I can’t believe this movie comes out tomorrow. I’m so confused by that. Doesn’t it seem like it’s been out for a month now? When I saw the preview for the 538th time this morning during my SportsCenter hour, I honestly thought I must be watching something I DVR’d. There’s no way this movie hasn’t opened yet. It might be the most promoted, hyped movie of all time. I swear they’ll been showing the trailer since January. Any desire I had to see it (which I had only a little in the first place) was killed off with all the previews. As soon as I saw a car jump a toll booth to take out a helicopter, I knew the movie had no chance. If that wasn’t enough, how about the scene were the car is flip towards Bruce Willis and then miraculously two car pull up right next to him and stop the other car from landing on him. Even Bruce Willis from Unbreakable thinks that is ridiculous. I know I’ll eventually see the movie, either on DVD or when it finally makes its way on to TV and there are Die Hard marathons like the Rocky marathons (how much is Spike TV, TNT and USA going to love running those), but until then, I don’t need to hear detective John McClane say “yippee kai-yay mother fucker.”
While I’m on the subject of sequels that come out way to late after the pervious movie and by action stars that well past their prime, I need to mention something about Rocky Balboa. I enjoyed the movie just because I wanted to since I’m a big Rocky fan but one scene always makes me laugh and I had to share it. It was right before Rocky started training for his fight with Antonio Tarver. Here’s how it went. Just sit back and enjoy. A classic movie moment.
Duke: You know all there is to know about fighting, so there’s no sense us going down that same old road again. To beat this guy, you need speed – you don’t have it. And your knees can’t take the pounding, so hard running is out. And you got arthritis in your neck, and you’ve got calcium deposits on most of your joints, so sparring is out.
Paulie: I had that problem.
Duke: So, what we’ll be calling on is good ol’ fashion blunt force trauma. Horsepower. Heavy-duty, cast-iron, piledriving punches that will have to hurt so much they’ll rattle his ancestors. Every time you hit him with a shot, it’s gotta feel like he tried kissing the express train. Yeah! Let’s start building some hurtin’ bombs!
Yeah! Got to love them hurtin’ bombs!