Kentucky Fans…

August 20, 2009

Are you worried yet? John Calipari just had his second team put under investigation and penalized. Sorry Memphis and UMass. Is your great program next? Or is it all about winning?

I guess we’ll find out in a few years.


He’s Baaack…In the Fletch Returns to Glory

August 8, 2009

The Return! It’s been a very long time since I graced these hallowed pages. To start I want to once again congratulate my brother and friend, Jon, and his wife on the birth of their beautiful baby girl. (Thank God she looks like Sara). As a new father of a five-month old baby boy, I know that Jon and Sara are about to experience one of the greatest joys in life. Maddie is lucky to have such a great dad and I know that he will be great. P.S….Nap when you can, because she doesn’t care about your schedule AT ALL.

 Now on to the world of sports…as a devoted and sometimes ultra-critical fan of the Cleveland Indians I thought it would be wrong of me to not comment on the state of the team. WHAT THE HELL?!? I am a realistic fan, most of the time. I understand that there are times when a player is out-pricing themselves for their team, i.e. CC Sabathia. There was no way the Indians were going to be able to compete in the salary the Yankees were offering. He was going to get his 25 million and that was far too high a price for 99% of the league. However, when you hold a $9 million option on a Cy Young winner who has been the only positive in a terrible pitching staff, it’s hard to fathom the desperation shown by this front office to move him. First, they made the deal before it needed be done. If it was absolutely essential to move Cliff Lee, why not wait it out and make the Phillies sweat? They weren’t going to get Roy Halliday, because the Jays weren’t really that devoted to trading him. Yes, Roy Halliday is the best pitcher in the league and demands a huge price tag if traded, but unless the Phillies offered the prospects the Jays asked for, he wasn’t going anywhere. He wasn’t going to the Yankees or Red Sox, because…they are all in the same division and you just don’t do that. So, if you know (as the Genius Shaprio should have) that you hold the biggest pitching name on the block, make Philly overpay! They were desperate to add an arm and they weren’t going to give away talent for Jarrod Washburn or Ian Snell. Not getting JA Happ or Drabek in this deal was appalling.

Second, trading Victor when he was also sitting on a very reasonable option after this year was the dumbest move I have ever seen. The man cried for Pete’s sake! He wanted to stay here, because he was committed to this team. He liked playing here. He very well could have given us a hometown discount! But, then again, that would assume Mr. Dolan has any desire to spend his money. Granted, I think Justin Masterson is a good pitcher that will step into our rotation and pitch well. He’s a young talented kid who may develop into an ace. Notice I said MAY. What gets me the most with all this is the audacity of the front office to allude to this “cost cutting” as necessary because Dolan is worried about the gate receipts. GATE? If you want people to fill your “Insurance Sales Named Baseball Field” you have to put talent on it! I love going to JACOB’S FIELD to watch games in the summer. I was so excited to take Max (that’s my boy) to a game later this year for his first Tribe game, but I’ll be damned if I spend major league ticket prices and concessions to watch a field full of guys I’ve never heard of. Outside of Grady, Asdrubal and Jhonny…this is a minor league team. I’d rather spend half the money to see the Aeroes or Clippers or the Scrappers here in my backyard. If he wants more ticket sales, invest in the product. Cleveland isn’t Los Angeles. These people have limited income, work extremely hard for it and are hesitant to thrown money at such a poor product. The fans are there, Mr. Dolan. Witness the Cavaliers. Dan Gilbert is throwing around his Quicken Loans money likes its Monopoly money, and for it his team was one of the top grossing teams in the NBA. People pay to see LaBron, Shaq and 66 wins. People stay home to watch Tomo Ohka pitch a crappy game so they can turn it off in the 4th inning. This front office needs to be overhauled, the coach (who is the dumbest baseball mind in the game) and the owner needs to realize he has to spend to succeed and if he isn’t willing to do that, sell the team to someone who is. You can say all you want about the Yankees, Red Sox and Dodgers, but they spend more than anyone does else does, and make more than anyone else. Just think, two years ago we were one game away from the World Series.