Thursday, October 4, 2007

It's Tribe time in Game 1!!

How could it have been any better? So many contributions from people all over the lineup.

And while the Tribe's talent and their resolve to play their game was a key factor in the win tonight, there was one other - kind of old and sort of fat -factor that set up a roadblock for both teams - at least their pitchers.

For those of you who were at the stadium or listening on the radio you can't appreciate what Bruce Froemming was offering up as a strike zone. It was smaller than George Castanza after a dip in the pool.

The difference is CC Sabathia, though clearly frustrated, was able to cope and get himself out of the mini-stike-zone-induced jams he found himself in. Chien-Ming Wang wasn't able to ride it out with Froemming long enough.

I mean, when was the last time you saw CC walk six batters? But he only gve up four hits and three runs.

Most importantly, CC came up huge when he had to, getting out of jams in the first and the fifth. He was particularly gritty in the fifth, when - after already giving up one run to cut the Tribe's lead to 4-3 - CC got Jorge Posada to strike out and Hideki Matsui to pop to short. He was already over 100 pitches, huffing and puffing, and still managed to get off the mound with the lead. Were those last two batters faced by Sabathia the momentum sealer?

Or was it Victor Martinez' two-run bomb in the bottom of the fifth to answer the Yankees uprising. In all Victor was 3 for 5, including that big two-run shot.

Maybe the credit should go to Kenny Lofton, who had three two-out hits with runners in scoring position to knock in four runs, two coming in the bottom of the first to give the Tribe a 3-1 lead and grab the momentum for the first time in the game.

How about Ryan Garko with three hits of his own, including an RBI single to tie the game 1-1 in the bottom of the first. That was an imprtant moment, more important than his eighth inning homer with the game in the bag.

Asdrubal Cabrera had only one hit, but it was a third inning dinger that gave the Tribe it's widest lead to that point at 4-1. He also walked to start the key five-run fifth inning.

They all played a key role in a huge Tribe win.

We'll talk about tomorrow tomorrow. For now, lets pump our fist one last time and get a good night's sleep. I can't wait to get up and read the New York tabloids in the morning!!!
(Photo credits: The Associated Press)


moose said...

so who will the NY bash today - the home pate ump!!!

please include some NY stories in the blog

I think it may be a GREAT weekend in Cleveland

I dont believe the yankees knew what hit them

look for a pitchers game tonight

froemming should join that ump who did the rockies / padres play in game

looks lke the cream rises to the top in the NL - rockies / dbacks
making quick work

sure the networks will be happy with the small market teams
and cleveland and they probably arent too happy

bobbydb19 said...

Awesome! Right after the game ended, I switched right over to the YES Network so I could watch the Yankee perspective. That is so much fun to watch after they lose. Nothing better.

I was up bright and early this morning. Had a nice victory breakfast. Have the Tribe jersey on here at work. My Yankee fans friends are already backing out for tonite. "I don't think I can make it tonite".

Fausto needs to be on tonite. The 5:00 start time means there will be alot of shadows. Expect alot of K's early.

Go Tribe! I want to have a nice relaxing Saturday.

Ron Vallo said...

Bobby @ Moose (also known as Bobby to some):

What a night. I didn't fall asleep until nearly 1;00, which makes a 4:45 wake-up call a bit tough. But, no matter.

I wore my tribe T-shirt on the train and to the office. Got some pretty good looks. Nice to greet my fellow New Yorkers with my Tribe shirt on at 5:15 am.

Bobby. Surprising that your Yankee fan friends don't wont to go out with you tonight.

Moose. Good point on the networks. It would be great for the next round to be 3 out of 4 "small-market" teams.

I only heard a couple of NY sports radio calls in my car on the way to the train this morning. The upshot - the whole thing boils down to Wang stunk up the place and all will be right with the world again tonight when Pettitte pitches.

Whatever they need to do to get themselves through the day, you know?

Moose: I'm actually working at work today, but will try to post something from the New York papers when I can.

I'm looking for a nice relaxing Saturday as well. Going to an Army game, where the only suspense usually is not will they lose, but by how much.

Anonymous said...

Rise in Red Cleveland