Not Much of a Fan
I’ve never been much of a Cleveland Indians fan, nor have I ever been much of a fan of the city of Cleveland (didn’t Oil Can Boyd call it the mistake on the lake?), but I have to say I’m totally behind what’s happening there under the helm of Terry Francona. I’m a big Tito fan, after all he brought two World Series Championships to the long starved city of Boston.
He had 8 great years with the Red Sox, winning a boatload of games and leading some great players like Manny Ramirez, Pedro Martinez, and of course, David Ortiz who’s still with the team. So now he’s got the Indians winning and sitting atop the AL Central. I love it–I mean I hate it–they’ve passed my hometown Detroit Tigers on their way into the lead, but really, I love it. I think it’s amazing how well they’re playing for Tito. Good for them.
Buzzards Bay Raiders lost a heartbreaker this evening. Well, not exactly a heartbreaker considering it was our defense again that gave the game away. Through 4 innings we had a 6-4 lead, our defense weakened at the same time our long reliever was tiring. Our starter had come out of the game in the second inning having pulled something around his left knee and his replacement had pitched a great couple innings before the other team was finally able to catch up to his fastball.
We still also weren’t exactly hitting. The Orleans Pirates are a very beatable team, sort of the Raiders’ doppelganger in the Cape Cod 40+ Baseball League. Their defense was missing the whole game, with wild throws from the infielders and missed plays in the outfield. They were letting us beat them until we decided to let them beat us. “Raiders’ Baseball”.
I had my own opportunities tonight to contribute to a possible victory but went 0-2 with two groundouts. Very disappointing. I’m just barely hitting above the Mendoza Line and my OBP is suffering. I’ve cut down on my strikeouts and continue to put the bat on the ball, albeit currently right at somebody.
All in all though, the Raiders are having their best season yet. This is our 4th year in the league and we’ve already won 3 games. That’s more than we’ve ever won over the course of a whole season so when you think of it that way it doesn’t feel so bad. We still have two games left in the first half of the season, and then in August we’ll begin the second half. We have a chance to set the bar very high for future Raiders teams.
And the Red Sox after stumbling a bit had won 5 games in a row before their recent losses to the Chicago White Sox, and remain a game and a half behind the hated Yankees. They have a really good chance of hanging in there and making the playoffs, but you’ve got to hand it to Joe Maddon down in Tampa Bay. He’s got the Rays churning away and back in the hunt in the AL East. Toronto, for what it’s worth, may need some incredible magic to salvage their season. As always the AL East is again the most interesting division in baseball.