Monday, September 24, 2007

More Tribe Celebration Links

I'll talk about the abomination that is the Cleveland Browns defense tomorrow. I'm actually at a trade show that is slower than slow, so I am able to put this post into action for my loyal subjects. What a day to read the internet articles about the Tribe. I leafed through them all. There is some great stuff out there. Click below and enjoy.

WATCH the Plain Dealer Video of the celebration here

A Feel-Better Story - Bill Livingston, Cleveland Plain Dealer

Shapiro's Work to Rebuild Rewarded With Central Crown - Jim Ingraham, Lorain Morning Journal

Indians Return to Postseason - Sheldon Ocker, Akron Beacon-Journal

October Baseball Returns to Cleveland - Paul Hoynes, Cleveland Plain Dealer

Cleveland Secures AL Central Crown - Tom Withers, AP (this has great quotes in it).

How about Tribe foe Curtis Granderson coming out with this gem on his insider blog:

Those of you who are fans of the American League Central just saw that Cleveland clinched the division last night. The Indians had our number this year, and they are really playing well at this time. As the Indians move into the playoffs, they will be a tough team to beat for a number of reasons.

First off, they have really good starting pitching. C.C. Sabathia, Fausto Carmona and Paul Byrd have been very good in their rotation for the entire season. They bring power from both sides of the mound with Sabathia (a lefty) and Carmona (a righty), and then follow it up with the finesse and experience of Byrd.

Coming out of the bullpen, they have one of the best setup guys in the game in Rafael Betancourt, who has a 1.41 ERA. Following Betancourt is closer Joe Borowski, who leads the American League with 43 saves. The Indians' pitching is only a half of the puzzle that gives them a good shot to make a run for the championship.

Their offense is very balanced as they have speed, power and players who can get on base. At the top of the lineup they can use Grady Sizemore or Kenny Lofton, who both have on-base percentages higher than .370 and have combined to steal 56 bases. In the middle of their lineup, they have Victor Martinez, Travis Hafner and Jhonny Peralta, all of whom can drive the ball to the gaps and also out of the ballpark. Ryan Garko and Franklin Gutierrez can also hit for average as well as hit for power.

Trying to tame both the Indians' offense and pitching staff was a very difficult task for us this season. The team that faces them in the ALDS will find it just as difficult.

Oh it's a Tribe LOVE FEST right now...I cannot wait fot the playoffs to start.

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