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In Tito We Trust: While We’re Waiting

Happy Friday WFNY. Sorry for my late start to the day, but it was a fun and late night last night. Let’s talk about the Browns… JUST KIDDING. Let’s talk about the Tribe.

Terry Francona has no relationship with fear

Everyone has some sort of relationship with fear. Some people are friends with it, and it fuels them positively. Others are enemies with it, and it makes them smaller or worse. Some people claim to not have any fear at all, which is likely little more than a defense mechanism. After this week and Game 1 of the ALDS, I might be convinced that Terry Francona actually has no fear, at least as it pertains to baseball. He is to baseball what Bill Belichick is to football, what Gregg Popovich is to basketball.

Terry Francona chose to pitch Trevor Bauer over Corey Kluber, and he didn’t care if it blew up in his face. The bravery doesn’t come because he ended up being right and because Trevor Bauer ended up pitching a no-hitter deep into the game. The real bravery comes from the fact that I honestly don’t think Terry Francona cared if people ended up thinking he was wrong. Terry Francona was convicted in his decision even if Trevor Bauer had gotten knocked around and only lasted an inning. That’s what makes Terry Francona so special. That’s what makes this Cleveland Indians team so special because it goes beyond their manager.

Francisco Lindor, Jose Ramirez, Corey Kluber and even Jason Kipnis give you a sense that there’s just no care in the world if they’re wrong or if they fail. It’s easy to see that in Kluber, Lindor, and Ramirez because they have incendiary talent. Jason Kipnis has obvious talent as well, but the way he’s put himself out there to play center field for this team after being the starting second baseman for so long is a talent unto itself. The catch he made in center field was incredible by any measure, but even more incredible because he almost shouldn’t be playing there. But for a guy like Jason Kipnis “should“ has nothing to do with it.

These Cleveland Indians are something special. Nothing guarantees that they’re going to win it all and raise the World Series trophy at the end of the season. You could try and design a team to put it on the line for your city and your sports culture. It’s hard to imagine that you could ever design one better than this. It takes many special and talented people, but it’s impossible to untie it from Terry Francona as the leader and catalyst. That doesn’t mean I won’t question him again in the future, but I probably shouldn’t if I’m being honest.

  • CBiscuit

    Ok, I’m ready to field any questions you had about my game 1 decisions…

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/3198208d376c172478e2f52810e369a942fba00e00d1d144bb3ec8e0eed5943a.jpg

  • JM85

    3 Tribe columns to 1 Browns column. Awesome.

  • Chris
  • CBiscuit

    Indeed. And Augustus Baeur gave the Yanks a good kick in the snozzberries last night.

  • mgbode

    OK, I have one for Tito.

    You said that you pitched Kluber in Game 2 to put him on regular rest for Game 5 and that it was something Kluber wanted to do. However, Kluber said he didn’t care and he would pitch where ever the team wanted him to pitch. Also, pitching Kluber in Game 1 means you he was on regular rest then an extra day for Game 5. Pitching him in Game 2 is risking a rainout giving him short rest for Game 5. Why do you talk in circles?

    (just sweep and it doesn’t matter)

  • Chris

    No music section Craig? Some thrash metal would have been appropriate…

  • mgbode

    I like to say 4 because the recap column posted so late last night.

  • MartyDaVille

    Why do you hate Francona?

  • mgbode

    He destroys me at pop-a-shot.

  • Chris

    Yeah… you’ve got a point there.

  • JM85
  • CBiscuit

    Objection. As to form, impermissble compound question. Also, misstates testimony. It calls for speculation as to Mr. Kluber’s statement. Argumentative. Vague and ambiguous. Improper hypothetical. And objectionable salty discharges emitting from the question. I instruct my client not to answer but instead drop the mic.

  • Anyone else down at the game last night feel like it was more “alive” than last year’s ALDS? I saw a small smattering of Yankees fans, probably less than 5%. Last year against the Red Sox it seemed like it was 10-20%.

  • mgbode

    Nothing speculative about Kluber’s statement. He specifically says he was told (not asked) and said he’d pitch whenever they wanted him to pitch.

    https://twitter.com/MLBastian/status/915692250637770753

  • mgbode

    “We felt this was the best way to put it together,” said Chris Antonetti

    But…
    “The biggest thing was keeping him on his five-day. That was really important to Kluber.” said Francona

    Look. I’m happy it worked out so far. I hope it doesn’t rain tonight (looking good to be dry now). But, that doesn’t mean Tito didn’t talk out of both sides of his mouth about this decision.

  • CBiscuit

    The two aren’t mutually exclusive, and both can be true. You have to read between the lines here. Yes, Kluber said that he was willing to pitch anytime (and I believe it…and he doesn’t want to be seen as a prima donna). And they all did talk about what was optimal for them all. And I think he did prefer more rest patterns mapping out the rest of the series. And Tito and company did ultimately make the call. And a big one, and the right one.

    Yesterday, I chose to be positive and believe to trust in Tito, and I’m still choosing to be positive knowing he knows more than we do. He knows the people in that clubhouse beyond the stats. He knew Bauer wouldn’t shrink in the spotlight. Chris Sale and Sonny Gray…not so much. Where’s conventional wisdom second guessing there? Ess happens. And look: Being married guys, we’re used to not always being right, correct?! I kid. At least it turned out great right? We’re up 1-0 buddy…with a coupla stud SPs charged up and ready to roll! Rejoice and get ready for game 2 soon…

  • mgbode

    First, refer to the original post in this thread that indicates there was no change in rest patterns for G1-G5 starts or G2-G5 starts. One would be regular reset, the other an extra day.

    Now…

    misstates testimony. It calls for speculation
    and
    have to read between the lines

    Terry Francona, is that you? But, yes, it worked out so far. I’m glad as long as it doesn’t get delayed until tomorrow. Looks like it won’t be.

  • CBiscuit
  • CBiscuit

    lol. You’re like a Japanese soldier found on an island in the 1950s still fighting the war. But I always love your fighting spirit!

  • CBiscuit

    PS. A “calls for speculation” objection is not whether the statement itself is speculative…but asking someone a question about something they don’t have first hand knowledge of is in itself speculative. (whether a third party said something to a fourth party or not, what it meant, what they felt, etc). Ex: Why did Bode say that he was really upset that someone made fun of his jWAR analysis?

  • MartyDaVille

    Why is anyone arguing about this? What difference does it make?

    What is this, “First Take”? “The Aaron Goldhammer Show”?

  • mgbode

    No one started a pun or haiku thread, we had to do SOMETHING.

  • Steve

    “The biggest thing was keeping him on his five-day. ”

    He was either going to pitch on four days rest before game one, then five days before gave five or five days before game two and four days before game three. It was all pretty much the same.

    Methinks that Francona is just trying to be coy, and knows that our media will eat up anything he says without question.

  • Steve

    It is possible to get a Jay Bruce defensive sub every once in a while?

  • CBiscuit

    That’s legit. I had the same thought last night (when Castro or someone hit that double in the seventh I believe?). Then again, perhaps he didn’t want to rain on Jay’s big night.

  • MartyDaVille

    Can you believe Skinner held up Lofton at third? God, what was he thinking? We would have lost only 11-3 instead of 11-2. What a bonehead.

  • MartyDaVille

    The Yanks’ catcher Sanchez makes Bruce look like a Gold Glover. He is fun to watch.

  • Steve

    “and the right one”

    Hold on a second here. Regardless of the Bauer or Kluber decision, or who played CF, or Diaz versus Gonzalez, or just about any roster or in-game move, we had about a 60% chance to win last night.

    We don’t know for sure if it was the right decision. We do know that we have such a talented roster that it may not even matter what he gets right or wrong.

  • Chris

    If Bruce was right handed, he probably makes that catch. Totally useless observation to throw out there, but I did it anyway

  • Chris

    Hey Bridge! It’s me, Water! I’m down here!!

    Can we move on from this already?

  • CBiscuit

    haha amen! “When tears are in your eyes. I’ll dry them all. I’m on your side.” Saw Art G. sing this live w Simon about 10 years back…such am amazing voice.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ho92k2CKNh0

  • Chris

    Make it stop dammit
    The game is friggin over
    Bauer lit it up

  • CBiscuit

    haha yep, he was not good behind the plate…but man, at the same time, the Yanks’ pitchers were really making him work, spiking their breaking balls left and right. Nerves were high on their part I think…not throwing the pitches for strikes confidently and not pitching ahead….which bodes well for us. I expect CC to be more poised, having the experience he does though. Hope I’m wrong.

  • Steve

    I’m not sure he actually is that bad, but he looks like Frankenstein’s monster moving around out there.

    I’m in favor of Jackson pinch hitting/fielding for him in situations like last night where we are up 4-0 just strictly for my mental health.

  • JM85

    I wish I could up vote this again.

  • Chris

    Is Kluber’s performance relevant to this conversation?

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  • mgbode

    It is as much as Bauer’s. Kluber got that extra day and was off. Did that matter? Maybe, maybe not.

    More important- to me at least- is the thought process and why of the decision though. They just talked circles around the decision w/o really stating much and I’m not sure what they gained by being coy.

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