Category Archives: Indians

The Return of 10 Cent Beer Night

The fine folks at ClotureClub.com have shared a pretty good deal the Washington NHL team is putting on. $79 for unlimited beer/wine/food, and a t-shirt.

Not a bad deal if you like hockey. Now, Washington hockey fans are notorious for knowing little about the sport other than that we had a really good Russian guy donning number 8, but they’re not hockey hooligans like in good hockey towns (a dying breed, really.)

But, this town does like to drink. So who knows what could happen.

All I have to say is Cleveland has tried something similar before. It didn’t end well.

Details below:

 

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Nats Fans: I Feel Your Pain

First and foremost, I will always be a Cleveland fan. Indians, Browns, Cavaliers, even the Lake Erie Monsters and the Cleveland Crunch. I’ll never cheer against my hometown. Many people never leave Cleveland.

I did.

My senior year in high school, I debated whether I would “adopt” any additional Saint Louis teams in my sports hierarchy. My mom’s family is from Missouri, after all. I chose to adopt the Cardinals as my second favorite MLB team. The Blues, since Cleveland had no NHL team, had always been my favorite. The Rams, much to the initial consternation of my girlfriend’s family, were not number 2 in my heart for the NFL.

When Cleveland was lacking a NFL Franchise, I cheered for the Washington Redskins because they won the Superbowl during my birth year, had a good tradition, good colors, and a politically incorrect mascot. The Rams had to settle for #3. (Playing in a dome doesn’t help in my book.)

At this point, I’ve been a fan of Saint Louis sports since the mid-1990’s, and a Cardinals fan for over a decade. I was even lucky enough to have a few of the Cardinals as my neighbors for two years. Similarly, I’ve been a fan of Washington sports since the late 1990’s, and a Nationals fan since 2005.

Nearing graduation, I knew I wanted to work in Washington, D.C., and I figured since I would work there, I would adopt the Nationals as my #3 team. In short, I have a hierarchy.

When the Cardinals come to D.C., I cheer for the Cardinals. When the Indians come to D.C., I cheer for the Indians. When the Indians came to Saint Louis, I cheered for the Indians. It’s like a logic question, and when it comes to other games, it becomes mathematically nightmarish to consider who I’d want to win based on this hierarchy. Normally, I just ignore that and cheer for the team I like less to lose.

Though, I’ve always managed to avoid my favored teams playing each other in the playoffs until now. And let me tell you, it’s not the best thing in the world to watch two teams you really like playing each other. But, you have to uphold your hierarchy.

Rewind, for a moment, to the beginning of the season. Our SLU Alumni rep was talking about the availability of tickets for our annual Cards-Nationals game party. I remarked “The Nats will be very good this year, we should buy a lot of tickets just in case.” I was right.

The Nationals will be very good next year, too. I look forward to supporting them.

I remember, as a seventh grader, watching the Cleveland Indians in Game 7 of the World Series. They took an early lead, and slowly it slipped away. Surely, it was not on par of tonight’s game — which was amazing to watch, just along with this series — but it was harder to accept since it was the last game of the season. And my team lost.

Losing sucks. If the Nationals had won, I’d have supported them for the rest of the post season, even though I’d be sad my preferred team lost. Losing the way the Nats did hurts. As a Cleveland native, I know — I’ve been there before.

This was an amazing series to watch. Absolutely amazing. The Nationals should be proud of what they accomplished this year. So should the Cardinals. Here’s to a great off season for the Nats, and a Happy Flight for the Cards.

#12in12.

UPDATE:

Yeah, whoops, David Axelrod.

 

Farewell, Omar Vizquel

Today, October 3rd, is the last game in the 24 year career of shortstop Omar Vizquel. In that career, Vizquel has won 11 Gold Gloves, nine of them won in a row. He has more hits than Babe Ruth, despite being known primarily as a defensive player.

And while he won two less Gold Gloves than Ozzie Smith of the Cardinals, has has 80 career home runs to Ozzie’s 28. He also has more RBIs. In fairness, he has 6 seasons more under his belt.

I know some people will disagree with me, but I think Omar Vizquel should be inducted into the Hall of Fame.

Social Media and the Tribe

The same could be said about most teams. 

 

Thursday Links (Sim City Edition)

Metrobus token

Indians v. Diamondbacks Highlights

FamousDC: Barney Frank Banned From House Floor, Likely Doesn’t Care

Prof. Boudreaux: Open Letter to Rep. Sandy Levin

McSweeney: Hipster logic problems

Heaton: Mobile phone horror

Slate: What Geography Can Teach Us About Basketball

Lifehacker: How to Determine If a Charity Like Kony 2012 Is Worth Your Money

TheHill: Sen. Hatch facing do-or-die caucuses

Dept. of “BOOOO Bicyclists: You are not above the law:” Cyclist Struck by Truck at 11th and U Streets Last Week Won’t Face Ticket for Riding Without a Helmet

What I was doing this AM at 4:51 (it wasn’t sleeping)

538: How would Santorum do without Gingrich?

Payson Roundup: Commend Kyl for alerting the public

Kyl: Morality of the Free Market and Earned Success

Deadspin: Jose Canseco Will Not Play In The Mexican League Because He Can’t Pass A Drug Test

Related: The Mets get shot down by Jake Taylor

Deadspin: Steakhouse Waiter Fired For Showing The World What A Great Tipper Peyton Manning Is

Dept. of Fuck Yeah: Electronic Arts bringing back ‘SimCity’ franchise (h/t Frank)

The new site: http://www.simcity.com | Game overview | PC World write up |

Got $20k? You can own the Capital City Diner (DCist)

The Hill: White House simulates cyber attack for senators in push for more regulation

Where did Congress go to school? (We need more economists)

Kid writes awesome letter to meteorologist (odds are, he’ll hate him as an adult for being wrong)

Example of how East coast elites are plain snobby — Olive Garden = awesome

Examiner: Pat Robertson: Legalize marijuana

NYT: The Gingriches Take to the Dance Floor

Pluto: Peyton Manning to the Cleveland Browns? Here’s why it doesn’t make sense

Ezra Klein: Why Do the Kochs Want to Kill Cato Institute?

This commercial would have been better if it actually starred Jim Bunning

This guy kind of looks like Greg Smith

Rooster!

HuffPo: Rick Santorum at Penn State: ‘Rooster’ Liked To Chug

Washingtonian: The 7 Most Overpriced Dishes in Washington

The Pope loves the Tribe

Pope Benedict isn’t really a Tribe fan (that I know of) but here’s what he’d look like if it were true. Note, this is definitely a photoshop and is not real.

Here is the link to the original.

UPDATE: Thanks to the good folks at Catholic Vote Action for picking up on this. I hope you poke around my site, and if you like/dislike what you see, let me know.