It’s 2:45, I turned my radio and first thing I heard, “THIS TEAM IS INCREDIBLE!” in the familiar, exciting and quality voice that is Tom Hamilton. Now, I’m ready for some Cleveland Indian baseball. All I need is my hot dogs (will be eating them shortly) and to hear Tommy H yell his classic “A swing and a drive… way back… GONE!”
This should, and I stress should, be a great season for the Tribe. For the first time in a long, the Indians open the season with such high expectations. Yes, there was some last year and in 2006, but this year is different. This is a team that was one out away from a World Series title (have I mentioned that). If you believe in omens, how about the weather somehow getting nice and becoming a perfect day for baseball in March, 54 degrees.
> C.C. Sabathia vs. Mark Buehrle. They have faced each other nine times. C.C is 5-0 and Buehrle is 0-5. I like those numbers.
> First pitch a strike. Second pitch strike. Ground ball, out one. C.C. is perfect. Anyone else smell a perfect game.
> Never mind, four pitch walk to Orlando Cabrera.
> Damn, Thome, two-run home run. Who said something about a good year for the Indians and C.C.? Let’s go Tigers!!!
> Good offensive start for the Indians – flyout, groundout, strikeout looking. Solid.
> Since I have to work during the game, a can of Dr. Pepper, snack bag of Rold Gold tiny twist pretzels and Hebrew National hot dogs cooked on a Foreman have to do the job of a draft beer, box of popcorn and ballpark dogs. FYI, Hebrew National hot dogs are the great thing this side of a footlong chilli dog. You wonder how a hot dog can have so much flavor. Just splendid.
> First hit of the year, Victor Martinez.
> Franklin Gutierrez 3-run blast. I’m back on the band wagon. Now Grady does it. Just like last year (he hit the first pitch of the year for a home run). Tommy H didn’t use famous home run call on the Gutierrez homer, but he did for the Sizemore dong. (Mmmm, Sizemore dong.) That’s what I needed (the Hamilton call, not the Sizemore dong reference).
> How much do you think Chicago hates playing Cleveland in the first game of the year? Well, I know Buehrle hates it. Here we go 0-6, here we go.
> This rally started after I finished my hot dogs. I think I’ll go eat two more just to continue the rout.
> Buehrle gone. Hamilton keeps saying Buehrle pitching the opener last year, but I looked it up and it was Jose Contreras. Some better tell him soon.
> Oh no. Vic hurt. Hope he is OK. At least we have the best backup catcher in baseball. This what we get for me not eating a hot dog when I say I’m going to.
> Jim Thome is killing C.C. What’s up with that? I thought he didn’t have a back anymore.
> The two pitches to Thome are the only mistakes C.C. made. He’ll be fine. I’m saying about 6.2 innings giving up no more runs. Then we’ll see how good the bullpen is again this year.
> Vic, will be listed as day-to-day with tightness in the hammy. Better than a pull.
> C.C. bare hands a grounder. Nice play I’m sure but C.C., remember that scene in Bull Durham when Kevin Costner gets Tim Robbins to hit him with his non-pitching hand? That’s like you on the mound. You use your bare hand too much. You have a glove. Use it please before you break a finger.
> Kansas City has took the lead on Detroit. Glad I’m not on the Tigers band wagon any more.
> Now, 7-5 thanks to C.C.’s two walks and Casey Blake’s stellar defensive plays.
> Sugardale really couldn’t get a new commercial for a new season? They have the same, “what am I going to do with the left over hot dog, don’t worry about it, they come in re-sealable bags now” commercial. First, this is a horrible commercial. Second, is that really a reason to buy hot dogs. A re-sealable bag? Third, you couldn’t think of a new marketing concept over the winter?
> C.C. done. Now it’s up on to the bullpen to show their stuff and hold the win for C.C. First up, Jensen Lewis. He should go six and seven then Rafael Perez then Joe-Bo. At least that’s how it should work on paper.
> KC wins. Cleveland has to take advantage of the loss and take a one-game lead for first place.
> Lewis is great. Two strikeouts.
> OK, after 5:00 now. I’m out. What a productive day of work.