Posted by disappointmentzone on 12 August 2006
After today’s day-night double header, the Indians have won five games in a row.
No, really. It’s true. Look at the schedule. Not only that, they have done so in atypical Indians fashion, what with all of these late-inning comebacks—Sizemore hitting homers and base-clearing triples and Hafner singling and doubling in go-ahead runs. The Indians have made the Kansas City Royals look like the Cleveland Indians, if that makes any sense. If only ever day started with the promise that comes from seeing the Royals on the schedule.
The AAA Squad has done surprisingly well in the last week. Raise your had if you expected a lineup featuring Choo, Inglett, and Garko would drop 14 runs on the Angels? Or what about a lineup of Inglett, Choo, Marte, Garko, and Luna getting to John Lackey for three runs on nine hits in six innings? Yes, Hafner, Sizemore, and Martinez are still in the lineup, but in Wednesday’s game only Choo, Garko, and Inglett drove in runs. And then tonight Tom Mastny, a recent AAA call-up, did a yoeman’s job tonight in relief of another AAA call-up, Jeremy Guthrie, going three innings and allowing one run on two hits. The paid attendence at tonight’s game was over 28,000–considering that the Indians have no chance to make the playoffs and were playing the Royals, this is a nice little figure (being a Saturday night helped, of course; good weather, too). It’s nice of the Indians to move spring training to Cleveland and reschedule it for August.
A quick piece of absolutely inconsequential trivia: Ramon Vazquez, who was recalled to play in the first game of the double header, was designated for assignment between games to make room on the roster for Guthrie, thus bringing the likely end to his career as an Indian. Needless to say, he wasn’t happy with how things went down. Said Vazquez after the game, “There’s no reason for me to go back to Triple-A for an organization in which I have no future.” It is a pretty crappy way to lose one’s job.
Who was the last player to lose his job between games of a double header after being called up to play in the first game?
I don’t know the answer. But if you do then please share.