It Could Be Worse…At Least We Aren’t Cleveland
Last night, the Twins got pounded by the Blue Jays…plain and simple:
They homered us right out of their stadium, beating up on Scott Baker in the process. Besides a solo shot from Michael Cuddyer, we couldn’t do squat against their pitchers and ended up in third place in the standings because of it.
However, as I lamented that fact, I happened to flip over to Lebron James TV (oh, sorry, aka ESPN) to hear “The Big Decision”. After hearing the outcome (James to the Heat), I’m just glad I’m not a sports fan in Cleveland. Consider:
The Cavaliers just lost (arguably) the best player in the NBA and, despite what their owner says, will likely not win a championship before he does. I don’t follow professional basketball closely enough to say that with impunity, but without King James they will be a worse team…plain and simple.
The Browns are just as exciting as their pure orange logo, having one decent season (which only proved to be a few lucky passes from Derek Anderson to Braylon Edwards) since their franchise resurrection in the 1990s.
The saddest case, though, is probably that of the Cleveland Indians. Three seasons ago, they were on the verge of a World Series berth, what with CC Sabathia and Cliff Lee in the rotation and Travis Hafner looking like the natural version of Mark McGwire. Now, they are battling the KC Royals for the AL Central cellar.
So, perhaps I should just be thankful for a competitive ballclub…although I still want an SP and a closer!
Preview (45-40, 3rd, 1.5 GB CWS): Francisco Liriano (6-6, 3.32) vs. Justin Verlander (10-5, 3.85). Ace vs. Ace. Never has a team needed the All-Star break more than the Twins do right now, but they need to keep the fire burning for three more crucial division games.