Red Right 88

Cleveland sports fan and sports writer

Location: Cleveland, Ohio, United States

quit my job decided to drive west

Friday, September 19, 2008

Went to a fight and baseball game broke out

I liked it.

Let's start with the fact that Gary Sheffield is a punk. He has always been a punk. He was punk in Milwaukee and San Diego and in all of his seven stops in the majors. He complains about being a designated hitter because he wants to play the outfield but he can't muster the effort when his manager puts him out there.

If you just read the paper tomorrow I am sure they will make it sound like Carmona hit Sheffield because he gave up a homer early in the inning, but that wasn't the case. There was an out in between and he hit him with an 0-1 count. Sheffield stared him down and Carmona gave it back to him. Sheffield carried the bat with him the whole way to first because you know he is a real man. So Carmona did what I would have done. He threw a fast ball to first so a tag could be slapped on Sheffield. And the punk took offense to that. He stepped towards Carmona and frankly Carmona kicked his ass. Then all hell broke loose. Little Asdrubal went in head first and Victor Martinez wasn't going to let anyone intimidate his pitcher.

The Indians got the last laugh as Shin-Soo Choo tied it in the eighth with a three-run blast and the Indians won it in the bottom of the ninth.

The brawl and the win showed the Indians still have fight in them. And I think it is exactly what Fausto Carmona needs going into the off season. Hopefully it will inspire him to a Cliff Lee like rebound season next season. This season was frankly a disaster. But at least the players didn't waive the white flag after it was lost. I think finishing above .500 while a disappointment will still be a positive heading into next season. Hopefully the Indians will return to the good odd year season after a bad even year season.

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Same result

I am not convinced that we weren't the most talented team on the field but they won again. And you can't argue with that.

I do know that all the goodwill built up by Crennel, Anderson and Edwards was used up in this game. Romeo butchering of the clock was stomach turning. He looked amateur. Anderson's decision making was awful. It will be hard to defend him against cries for Quinn. I understand throwing away your pro bowl quarterback for an unproven youngster makes no sense. And while I don't advocate pulling the switch, I have no rebuttal for those that will scream for it. As for Braylon Edwards, I can't think of a Brown player ever, especially one as obviously talented as he is, that I have despised more. Simply put, he is the Browns version of Larry Hughes. I am so tired of watching him flap his lips and drop balls.

The Browns held the other team to 10 points and lost the game. I am speechless at the offense. I am speechless about the coaching. Another lost opportunity.

Being down 0-2 doesn't mean the season is over but the Browns have dug themselves a huge hole. And the blame is on Crennel, Anderson and Edwards. You can't do anything else. All three have a ton to prove in the next few weeks. A ton.