GOODYEAR, Ariz. — A long line of Indians players made their way through the team’s spring complex on Monday morning, receiving strange looks and creating some laughs because of their costumes.
There was a bear, a mummy, a parrot and a penguin. Iron Man and Spider-Man strolled by, too. Then came a [THE] Ohio State University football player. The Buckeye — wearing a uniform sent to Arizona from the Big Ten school — was Indians first baseman Nick Swisher.
“What?” Swisher said to reporters. “You’ve never heard of ‘Costume Monday?’”
(Yes, I corrected Jordan Bastian about this.)
Okay baseball and babe fans, are you ready for this one? We here at Sports Babe of the Day are VERY pleased and proud to bring you Cleveland Indians’ pitcher Vinnie Pestano! Doesn’t his name just roll off the tongue like gelato on a hot summer’s day? If you aren’t familiar with this…
CLEVELAND — The Cleveland Indians have signed veteran outfielder Johnny Damon to help awaken their struggling offense.
Damon told ESPN Insider Jim Bowden on Thursday that a deal has been finalized. Terms of the contract were not immediately known.
The club had been in talks to finalize a deal with the 38-year-old Damon, who is 277 hits shy of 3,000.
Damon played with Tampa Bay — his sixth AL team — last season, batting .261 with 16 home runs and 73 RBIs in 150 games. Damon would probably need some time to get ready after not being in a spring training camp. If Damon signs, the Indians would be his fourth team in four years.
Cleveland is off to a 1-4 start and entered Thursday batting .178, the majors’ lowest average. The Indians begin a three-game series in Kansas City on Friday.
A career .286 hitter, Damon has also played for Kansas City, Oakland, Boston, the Yankees and Detroit.
- ESPN.com News Source
Manager Manny Acta called Santana and Cabrera, both 26, “cornerstone players,” but Santana could be here much longer. Cabrera can be a free agent after 2014. Santana could be a fixture in Cleveland for the next six years.
“This is my second home,” said Santana, echoing Cabrera’s message from last week. “I’d like to spend my whole career here.”
Oh, dear, giving up on a 162 game season after 4 games? Look, I tried to watch last night’s game and was bored out of my mind waiting for the Indians to get something going on offense. But the other two losses were extra innings losses to what I think is a very good Blue Jays team. We got good starts out of Masterson, Ubaldo (who I’m very negative on, but will reserve judgment till the All Star break), and Lowe. Tomlin started rocky last night but settled in and gave the team a chance to win…if only they could get some offense.
The Tigers look like they’ll win the division, but you never know what will happen in a baseball season. Detroit’s #2 pitcher is already on the DL I think? If the Tigers should stumble the division is wide open.
Carlos Santana, if he stays healthy, has tons of talent and huge potential and this extension is good news.
sosfromcleveland @ cleveland.com
If you know what this is/where its from I think we can be friends, it’ll mean your childhood was as dope as mine lol!
We all knew a snow delay would happen sooner or later.
My phone looks just like this too :(