Red Right 88

Cleveland sports fan and sports writer

Location: Cleveland, Ohio, United States

quit my job decided to drive west

Saturday, September 08, 2007

This is what I returned home to?

My nephew Marcus was born and both mother and child are doing well.

I have written about being frustrated in Wisconsin and not being able to watch the Tribe games. Maybe it was safer and saner in Cheeseland.

It started on the drive home late Thursday. WTAM claims to be heard in 38 states and half of Canada but I can never pick it up in Wisconsin or Illinois and it is hard to get in Northwest Ohio. But when I finally picked up a signal, I hear Kevin Keane talk about how he never takes anything for granted and to look ahead. And then he did the opposite, he spoke about how Wedge could win manager of the year, CC the Cy Young and looking forward to the playoffs.

Once the game started Tom Hamilton said that speaking the word October was verboten in front of Eric Wedge and then added it would take a historic collapse for the Indians not to make the playoffs.

Are they serious? Have we learned nothing in this town?

Um, correct me if I am wrong but didn't the team build the big lead in just over a week which means the lead could be lost just as fast. The Indians were starting a four game series against the team with the best home record in the league. Then after a Sunday night game they have to travel east lose two hours and play the next day against a White Sox team that would enjoy playing spoiler. Most of the team's games are on the road this month and they haven't been road warriors.

Mark Schwab on WTAM mentioned that the Indians appeared to be a lock because Tigers were running up the White Flag. Schwaby quoted Leyland as basically saying he tipped his hat to the Indians and that the Tigers were playing for the wildcard.

Hmm, one of the best managers in the league says that and you don't think he has other motives. I take it as a challenge to his veterans to step up and a push to his younger players that the season is not lost. The Tigers won thier last two games in Chicago in thier last at bat and then whooped Seattle last night. The lead is already down to five and could easily be within three or less by the time the Tigers come to town. After the Tigers finish the weekend with Seattle then play one against the Blue Jays then outside of our series they only play the Rangers, White Sox, Twins and Royals. It is a cupcake schedule.

The race is not over. The post season is not assured. One game at a time. Take nothing for granted and keep plugging away. This is no time to daydream about October. Let's win September first.