Red Right 88

Cleveland sports fan and sports writer

Location: Cleveland, Ohio, United States

quit my job decided to drive west

Saturday, April 11, 2009


Attended the home opener and it brought back memories of my childhood.

On one hand, sitting in large cavernous park with a scattered thousand or two can be very charming. It is sort of fun to be able to hear the distinct voice of every single person in the park. You use the cold and empty seats to inspire your own fun. You bond with the rest of the brave and/or dumb souls.

On the other hand, you watch uninspired baseball. Guys, who don't care a fraction of those in the crowd, go through the motions. And just when you think that things will change, that there is chance for a win. They blow up with bad pitching and lazy defense. And you remember how cold it is and how stupid you are to stick it through with this team.

No one was really immune to the bad baseball yesterday. I am sure some said Sizemore uncharacteristly misplayed a ball before the delay. But I remember not going to the 2005 playoffs because of Sizemore misplaying a ball and game five against Boston in 2007 was changed forever by Sizemore misplaying multiple balls. Peralta lolly-gagged down the line after the rain then biffed one ball and watched other go back. Garko, Cabrera and Choo looked the like Keystone Kops as a ball dropped between and the scooted past them all to allow an extra run to go through. And Garko has to scoop up that ball. He is arguably the worst first baseman in the American League. They are major leaguers-- do your job.

Sure the frustration level is raised when the fans are used as pawns. I have never sat through a longer rain delay where it wasn't raining. Nothing like wasting an evening watching it not friggin rain. And hey it only took them 45 minutes to realize the Cavs could be on the big screen rather than some National League game no one in the crowd cared about. Once the game the started the Indians rewarded the fans who stayed by sending home all of the employees who served food and beer.

It is early in the season. There are 159 games left. But things better change because this team is bad. The pitching is bad. The defense is bad. And right now no one is worth cheering for.