Thursday, July 30, 2009
Wednesday, July 29, 2009
Before I start, let me make one thing perfectly clear: I feel horrible for those in the Indians organization who are first-class and are the best in the business at what they do and have no control over the personnel decisions of the incompetent baseball operations side of the company. Needless to say, the ownership, GM, scouting department and manager are NOT part of that group! If you’ve been following my tweets today (and if you’re on Facebook, you’re forced to, sorry), I like the rest of the world am FURIOUS about this trade. Absolutely furious. What did I tell you a week ago when Betancourt was traded? SALARY DUMP. It’s happened.
And you know what? The Dolan family doesn’t have the spine to face the fans and explain it. Mark Shapiro may not be half the GM that he was hyped up to be, but I guarantee you had Shapiro had more trading leverage (aka had the Dolans not held him at gunpoint and told him “dump the salary”) we would have received more from this horribly lopsided trade. Last season we traded CC Sabathia and we received two supposedly “superstar prospects.” Sabathia was at the end of his contract. Cliff Lee has an entire season left on his contract and we couldn’t receive anything close to what we received for Sabathia! Something stinks here, and I believe the Indians didn’t have the trading leverage they had last season because ownership sabotaged it!
If the Indians dare blame “poor attendance” as the reason why we traded Lee (and eventually Martinez, folks, it’s going to happen), we the City of Cleveland should bring torches to Regressive Field (thank you Bill Livingston, have to give credit where credit is due) and demand the Dolans sell the team. We have traded two Cy Young Award winners, two reasons to come to the ballpark. We’re going to trade our all-star catcher and unquestioned leader of the team. What is there for us to see? Grady Sizemore? I don’t care! I want a WINNING PRODUCT. You have to spend money to make money! If the Indians are too cheap to invest in the payroll, why should we the fans invest our time, energy and money into a subpar product? We shouldn’t! We should BOYCOTT THE CLEVELAND INDIANS.
You can’t call us “fair-weather fans” for jumping off the bandwagon, don’t give me that BS. The Indians can have as many bobblehead and fireworks nights as they want, but unless they have SUPERSTARS on this roster, we won’t, and shouldn’t, attend the games. Why should we pay $10 for parking, outrageous prices for food and $7 for a beer? It’s a joke! Pathetic. We traded players for prospects who will become players who will be traded for prospects who will become players traded for prospects…it’s a never ending cycle and we shouldn’t stand for it! Makes me wonder what “wonderful prospects” we’ll receive for Victor Martinez! Dolans, you've taken a franchise that was one of the top franchises of the '90's and turned it into a laughingstock. I'd tell you where you can go but this is a family blog so I can't.
Thank GOD Browns training camp starts on Saturday! Despite the lack of success, at least the Browns try to win by any means necessary. Go Browns.