Indians

Jose Ramirez, Indians shine in All-Star Game

With only a handful of nationally televised games in the first half of the season (two of them this past weekend), the world hasn’t been able to see the Cleveland Indians play much since the 2016 World Series. On the MLB’s biggest stage of the summer, however, the Cleveland players in the All-Star Game shined bright and allowed the everyone to get a sneak peak of a team many expect to content again in October.

Latin American-born members of the Baseball Hall of Fame threw out the first pitch. That led to a special moment that allowed former Indians second baseman Roberto Alomar to throw his first pitch to Francisco Lindor. It was Roberto Alomar who served as Lindor’s idol growing up, and the reason why the Tribe shortstop wears No. 12.

The best Indians hitter has been Jose Ramirez, the lone starter for the club. Against one of the best pitchers in baseball, the third baseman wasted no time against Max Scherzer, hitting a single on the first pitch he saw. Then, on the second pitch he saw in the fourth inning, he hit another single to right field and followed it up with a stolen base to finish off his evening.

Unfortunately, with three third baseman on the AL roster and Brad Mills wanting to play everyone (who was healthy) on the roster, Ramirez only played three innings, but he made the most of his playing time.

In what has been a remarkable story this season, the fact that Michael Brantley is even an All-Star is incredible to think about. In his second at bat of the night, Dr. Smooth hit a single to right field to continue his bid as a Comeback Player of the Year candidate.

Lindor was 0-for-2 at the plate with two strikeouts, but his bright smile was what mattered most. In this day and age, it’s sometimes hard to realize how much professional athletes enjoy playing the sport they love, but Lindor allows the world to see his emotions every time he steps on the field. He even added a little gem defensively in the 10th inning to help secure the win for the American League.

Andrew Miller finished off the game with not only a save, but by striking out Los Angeles Dodgers young phenom Cody Bellinger, making it look easy against one of the best young hitters in the game.

Due to starting Sunday night’s game against the Tigers, Corey Kluber was ruled out of the All-Star Game. The world will just have to wait until the postseason, hopefully, to see Kluber pitch on as big of a national stage.

  • Eric G

    Fun to watch them all enjoying themselves. That last AB by Lindor was atrocious, however.

  • MartyDaVille

    Yeah, Ramirez had a really good game. Too bad Fox and the babbling Buck missed it — first by interviewing Sale (he’s from Boston!) in the dugout during Jose’s first AB and then by doing that ridiculous outfield interview with Harper while Jose singled and then stole second.

    These hokey stunts are making sports unwatchable.

    But yeah, great to see the Tribe do so well. Also great to see the only Cub on the team blow the game.

  • mgbode

    More on Lindor later today at WFNY.

  • Garry_Owen

    Anyone else find themselves completely mentally blocking out Joe Buck? On more than one occasion, I had to ask my wife, “What did he just say?” (not because I couldn’t believe it, but because I actually didn’t hear it). Or she would make some comment about him and I would say, “I didn’t hear him.” It is seriously just like a droning noise in the background. I’m actually thankful. Sometimes defense mechanisms are good.

  • Garry_Owen

    Re Fox: I really like A-Rod as a commentator, but that segment with him on the field was the worst thing ever. He’s really good behind the desk, analyzing baseball. I just wish they had done that, instead of the childish dog and pony show.

  • tsm

    Not to steal your thunder, but he seems to chase a lot of bad pitches, especially low.

  • tsm

    Buck seemed to overly hype the entire evening. I do miss the pros like Gowdy and Costas who just let the game flow.

  • mgbode

    I thought so too but the numbers don’t back it up quite the way I thought they would.

  • mgbode

    Same. Though I don’t hear anything because I have this button on my remote marked “mute”

  • MartyDaVille

    This is why I think Rick Manning is so good. When it’s his turn to talk, he doesn’t say anything if he doesn’t have anything interesting or intelligent to say. No babbling on and on about minutiae, or the unprecedented greatness of a play or player, or the regurgitation of endlessly boring stats. If he doesn’t have anything to add, he just says, “Yes, it is.”

    And when he does talk, he’s insightful and honest.

    I love that man.

  • Garry_Owen

    But my mute button has somehow been implanted in my brain! Yay evolution!

  • Garry_Owen

    Totally agree on the over hype, but in my opinion, Costas has always been one of the chief over hype offenders, if not the originator.

  • Garry_Owen

    I love Manning, too. In fact, this year I’ve discovered a significant Indians conundrum: Thanks to MLB.TV (can’t believe I finally just stumbled on this magic), I can choose whether to listen to the STO audio feed or the WTAM feed while watching the game. Lately, I’ve found that even though I get to listen to the greatest MLB radio announcer currently broadcasting, I miss hearing Manning. (And I’m also on record as actually enjoying and appreciating Underwood, too – except for the home run calls.) Some games, I really don’t know what to do. We’re pretty spoiled.

  • MartyDaVille

    Yeah, we’ve been very blessed with the quality of the play-by-play announcers and color analysts over many years across all sports.

    I like Underwood as well. He’s real easy on the ears. One minor peeve about Hamilton is when he disagrees with a ball or strike call. Once in a while is okay if you do it quickly, but he makes more of it than I want to hear. So I’ll give him a grade of only 99%.

  • Eric G

    Found it!

  • JNeids

    Listen to Hammy innings 1-3, and then flip to STO the second Rosey comes on air.

  • mgbode
  • tsm

    My friend, I disagree on Costas. I have found him to be measured and intelligent in his broadcasts. Very little screaming. As for our current local guys, they are a big improvement over some of our past guys – Drennan, Harry Jones, Bob Neal, Joe Tait (baseball only) etc. Manning never hustled as a player after his first few years, but he is an easy listen.

  • Harv

    agree on Costas. He can be a little precious sometimes but so intelligent and aware of how not to block game flow.

  • Garry_Owen

    I’ve done this (indeed, I won’t listen to Rosey at all). Now, however, I find myself watching the entire broadcast with the STO audio, but then rewind for the major plays to listen to Hammy call them. This adds the benefit of not having to sit through the commercial breaks.

  • Garry_Owen

    It has been years since I’ve heard Costas call an actual game, but I distinctly remember laughing about it years ago when he would add so much artificial gravitas to every pitch sign, sidelong glance, or spit of a sunflower seed during the World Series. It’s not so much about being unintelligent or unmeasured so much as being a little too self-important. But, I get the draw, and understand why he is appreciated. (And it really was more comical to me than anything. Not like Buck. But then again, I once thought he was pretty good, until my team found itself on the business end of his unfettered love affair with the other team.)

  • Harv

    I’m sensing we’re in the middle of a sea change in how networks view the role of booth guys and what they think viewers want. The broadcasters made the Tribe’s ESPN game Monday night almost unwatchable, and the extended booth shots during during their interminable yukking of unfunnies tell us it was a production plan. Something like: “These kids watching can’t pay attention, so be funny! Tease each other like in the locker room, ya know”?

  • tigersbrowns2

    i didn’t care much for the interviews … having Springer & Harper mic’d was pretty cool … i was kinda hoping one of them would have to make a diving catch while being mic’d.

    i also liked when Nelson Cruz had Yadier Molina take a pic of him & homeplate umpire Joe West during the game.

  • JM85

    I love seeing Miller close out the game, knowing he’s our pitcher this year.

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