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The Indians and Tigers
May 20, 2014 - Al Stephenson
I watched the Cleveland Indians take on the Detroit Tigers last night. I had no reason to think that my beloved Tribe would win the game. The Indians had been pounded in a three game series by he Oakland A's getting outscored 30-6. The Tigers were on a road trip that could be considered successful if their 6-0 record going into the game meant anything at all. So no expectations, but a fan will watch his team and hope for the best.
So it is a little surprising that I was amazed last night. How so, you ask? Well let's start with the second inning. Cleveland managed to scrape across a run in the first, but all season long the opposing team has come right back. Last night was no exception. Cory Klueber has been good all year, but it doesn't seem to matter who is pitching for the Tribe. Indians score, the pitcher gives it right back and it didn't take long last night. The first batter in the second for the Tigers was former Indian Victor Martinez and he homers. It's amazing to me that this keeps happening over and over.
The Indians manage to take a 4-3 lead into the ninth. Demoted closer John Axford will watch from the bullpen. He has given up too many ninth inning home runs so it's time to try someone else. Enter Cody Allen and he promptly gives up a game tying homer. Amazing I tell you. Different pitcher, same result.
The game goes to extra innings and Michael Brantley hits a walk off homer. Amazing? You bet. The Indians don't hit a lot of home runs - actually they haven't hit much of anything - let alone a walk off.
The most amazing thing that took place all evening was the comment from the ESPN broadcaster about Miguel Cabrera's eight year contract extension signed this off season. He calculated that based on Cabrera getting 607 at bats per season for the course of the contract he would make - get ready for this - $50,000 per at bat. You heard that correctly - $50,000 PER AT BAT!!!!
The view from my seat suggests that a statistic like that is incredible. Miguel Cabrera is the best hitter in baseball and should be paid accordingly. But no one deserves that kind of pay for playing a game. On a night when I sat in amazement at what was happening, that dollar figure was the most amazing thing of all!
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