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This is the song by Brad Paisley and LL Cool J that is somehow causing controversy.
Do YOU find anything controversial about this song?
I see a beautiful attempt for members of 2 races to understand and accept one another, despite differenc perceptiosn fueld by past events anc current steretotypes.
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Wednesday, April 10, 2013
By Bob Frantz
"We’re 3 and 5, and people are lining up at the 480 bridge."
That was easily the most profound statement made on my Facebook page after Tuesday night’s 14-1 hammering of the Indians by the New York Yankees.
Two days removed from the euphoria of a Justin Masterson 7-inning 2-hitter, in which the Indians’ new lineup beat reigning Cy Young winner David Price into submission on the way to a 13-0 win in Tampa, fans are already asking when Browns’ camp starts.
If this column were being Tweeted instead of written, I would use my next 4 characters on the letters “smdh”.
You might have to look that one up.
To expound upon my radio listener’s online commentary, yes, the Indians are 3 and 5, with last night’s game having been washed out.
That’s 3 and 5.
Not 30 and 50.
And people are ready to call it quits.
Kim Jong Un has taken more time to think things through than certain Tribe fans.
In the interest of open and honest dialogue about the early start for the Indians, let’s play a game of “Half-Empty, Half-Full”, okay?
If you’re a glass half-empty sort of person, you’ll note that, heading into Wednesday night’s game, the Indians had 8 starts, won only 3 of them, and 2 of them came from the strong work of Justin Masterson. The rest of the rotation, you’ll effectively argue, has stunk.
The performances of Brett Myers, Trevor Bauer, and Carlos Carrasco, you’ll say, have been atrocious, and if the Indians don’t address the rotation soon, the season will be over before it truly begins.
If you’re a glass half-full kind of person, however, you’ll approach things a bit differently. You’ll point out that of the first 8 starts of the season, Indians’ pitchers have turned in quality starts in half of them. With Masterson’s 2 terrific outings, along with Ubaldo Jimenez’s first start of the year against Toronto, and Zach McAllister’s 6-inning, 2 earned runs allowed performance in Tampa, Terry Francona has gotten 4 quality starts in 8 games.
Further, you’ll remind yourself that of the 4 non-quality starts turned in, 2 of them were the responsibility of guys who are supposed to be at Triple-A in Columbus right now — Bauer and Carrasco.
That means, of the guys in the major league rotation, the Indians have gotten quality starts in 4 out of 6 games to begin the season. And if they can turn in quality starts 66 percent of the time, good things are ahead for this developing ballclub.
Now if you’re not buying that scenic view through rose-colored Indians’ glasses, I don’t blame you. I had a hard time selling it. The four out of six quality starts isn’t any more of an indicator than a 3 and 5 record in the first week or two of a season. But that’s kind of the point.
For all of the off-season optimism generated by new manager Terry Francona and the acquisition of a few high-priced free agents, a reality check was inevitable. And for future reference, there will be many more of them.
Let me save you the suspense. This Indians team will be much improved, but it is a long, long road to September and October. There will be bumps and bruises along the way.
As for the present gnashing of the teeth over the starting rotation, deep concern is certainly warranted. But to declare the season a washout based on early April performance is not.
Masterson looks completely prepared to have a 2011-type season, when he had a 3.21 ERA and would have won 18 games with any run support.
Jimenez won’t be as good as he was against Toronto, but he won’t be as bad as he was against the Yankees. He’ll win some games.
Myers is a mess, and he might be one of the first casualties of the rotation, if he is unable to right his personal ship.
McAllister has given no reason to believe he can’t be an effective 4th starter in this league, and Scott Kazmir will be given every opportunity to produce in the spot he earned this spring.
I fully expect Carlos Carrasco to rebound from his disastrous Tuesday night start, in which he was roughed up in his first start since the fall of 2011, and may have earned himself a 2nd suspension for drilling Kevin Youkilis. He appears immature and unprepared right now, but he’s hitting 97 on the gun with ease, and his natural talent will take over once he gets out of his own way.
Bauer is the enigma. He has the potential to be in this rotation by July, but he’s enough of a wild card to earn himself a long-term stay in Columbus.
Bottom line, the Tribe’s rotation looks less than solid right now, but my listener’s comment was right. They’re 3 and 5. Which leaves 154 games to play.
Stay away from the bridge.
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