Loads of Etcetera
Carroll raised his average to .295 and his OBP to .387 on the season. I am a certified, 100% heterosexual male with a wife of 20 years and three kids. But Jamey Carroll makes my life better every day he wakes up.
God bless ‘The Midget'.
Once again I will say that the Tribe benefits more from giving Andy Marte all the rope he needs to hang himself and by bringing Matt LaPorta to Cleveland for an extended look. I'm not going to rail on about it again. It's just clear to everyone but the people making the decisions for the Indians.
As to Marte specifically, I implore the Indians to stop playing ‘Lineup Roulette' with the kid and pencil him in every day in the same spot in the lineup. The last thing I need is for Marte to be unceremoniously dumped this off-season, go to a shitty team, have a couple of hit two hit games in a season in which he hits .233 with 11 HRs and 52 RBI and hear the same sorry lot of people cry about him (after each of those rare two hit games) not getting his opportunity here.
He's here. Let him do what he's going to do. He'll make the decision a lot easier to make one way or the other if you just give him those consistent at-bats.
I don't know.
Less than 10 wins as an Indian, an ERA of well above 5.00 and a few missed starts because he was fatigued was pretty much exactly what I expected from Carl Pavano. I feel a bit cheated in that he wasn't here long enough to be hated by a large number of his teammates or the fan base. I thought there was a solid chance of that happening at some point. It would have been entertaining if nothing else.
Who the hell is going to step up now and make up for that one catch per game that Steptoe delivered?
Yes, I had to look up his 2008 stats. Because I honestly don't recall any of his catches and none of them produced any points. I was actually surprised to he had 19 receptions to tell the truth.
Steptoe's agent, Jerome Stanley, blamed Browns coach Eric Mangini for his client's injury because Mangini had the Browns practicing in a driving rain. At the time I'm writing this it doesn't look like Mangini will consider moving training camp to San Diego to eliminate such potential dangers.
Messing with a team's offensive line is jacking around with a car's engine. Those guys make the offense go and having to move people around is not the ideal way to build familiarity and a cohesive, effective unit. They Browns may still need to do that with Hadnot missing up to six weeks. But it beats losing the guy for the year.
Jerome Stanley, who is not Rex Hadnot's agent, blamed the Hadnot injury on Mangini drafting a hard-charging Hawaiian and for not conducting basically 40 walk-throughs in training camp like Romeo Crennel did.
Okay, he didn't actually do that but Jerome Stanley should shut up and work harder in trying to secure a higher class of clientele.
From a common sense perspective, LBJ should keep his options open. He has leverage right now. He can apply organizational pressure right now in terms of making sure the Cavs are doing everything they can to get him a coveted championship ring.
Throw in the fact that the kid is the world's biggest diva and what else did you expect him to do? I had put the odds at 9-1 against him signing that extension earlier in the summer. I'll put the odds at the same 9-1 that LBJ is a Cavalier 4 years from now.
You can argue that he makes the organization's job easier in bringing in talent of he signs that extension. But it doesn't matter today. The free agents the Cavs could acquire they did acquire. This is a better basketball team today than it was after the Game 6 loss to Orlando a couple months back. Players are all about money and playing time. If you can't guarantee them more of each than another team does then you're just not getting them if they have a choice.
And if that one in ten chance hits and LBJ goes somewhere else, well, then he deserves what shit he gets from Cavalier fans. Dan Gilbert has done just about everything humanly possible to cater to James and build this team around him. Gilbert has done nearly everything humanly possible to increase James's status as a global icon and entrepreneur as well. From taking LeBron to millionaire business meetings to opening up the Chinese market to LBJ with a partial sale (about 15%) of the team to Chinese investors, Gilbert can't do much more than bring in exceptional complementary talent and increase James's exposure world-wide. As distinguished TCF columnist John Hnat said to me, "Gilbert didn't sell 15% of the club to the Chinese in order to open the Asian market up for Darnell Jackson".
If LBJ wants to walk away from that like an ungrateful punk then so be it. I don't think he will. But until the hour comes that he has to sign that contract extension you can bet that Team LeBron will be wringing every breath of life and publicity out of the situation.