A Wahoo welcome from Harry Doyle
“Good evening and welcome to Teepee Talk! Hey, in case you haven’t
noticed, and judging by the attendance you haven’t … the Indians have
managed to scrape together a few wins and are threatening to climb out
of the cellar!”
I can never pass up an opportunity to quote Bob Uecker or Major League. Here in Cleveland, the Yankees are a little bit reconfigured, having placed Brian Bruney on the 15-day disabled list with a potentially season-ending Lisfranc injury and adding pitchers Jonathan Albaladejo and Chris Britton. Catcher Chad Moeller has been sent out into baseball limbo, where he’ll reside for the next 72 hours to see if a team claims him. If not, he’ll report to Triple-A. In the meantime, Moeller gets to fly home to Arizona and see his 2-year-old and 4-year-old children for the first time in a month.
The Progressive Field (still getting used to that name) visiting clubhouse has to be one of the coolest in baseball. I walked in today around 3:30 p.m. ET and saw Kyle Farnsworth sitting in a chair, cocking a shotgun and blasting various woodland animals on the arcade version of Big Buck Hunter Pro. We all crowded around and watched Farnsworth really give it to all of these poor virtual animals. Joe Girardi checked in and said, “A four pointer? That’s not even worth it. That’s like shooting Bambi!”
For those not inclined to violent guns and ammo games, the Indians also provided an arcade standup of Golden Tee, the golf game. The high score belongs to “VER.” Could that be the Tigers’ Justin Verlander?
For me, though, the kicker was seeing the original Nintendo Entertainment System sitting on the floor below a flat-screen HDTV. The 8-bit Bases Loaded cartridge was there, begging to be played, but I guess the guys just aren’t that old school anymore.