The Baseball Roundup (6/12/15)
I know this is going to get Cavs hijacked, so I am going to throw a couple things out there before tonight’s game that we can chew on at some point.
I got to say I love what the Tribe did in the draft. I wrote earlier that Aiken scared me, but that I thought it was a great first day, and day two intrigued me even more. Obviously I know near to nothing about these prospects, but that doesn’t stop me from having thoughts…
First of all, they went hard drafting “bloodlines,” which this blog is all about (that NFL Defensive Draft Manifesto is still forthcoming…). It’s not just that we like the Netflix show, it just makes sense: the kid has a support structure that knows the biz, they have great genes, and they grew up with the game. Beyond drafting “Flash” Gordon’s ward day 1, the Tribe picked up 3 prospects with big league pops:
1. Luke Wakamatsu
2. A.J. Graffanino
3. Cade Tremie
Graffanino’s father played 9 games with the Tribe in 2009, Tremie’s father currently manages the Tribe’s AAA squad, and Wakamatsu’s dad is currently the Royals’ bench coach.
In addition, amidst the Venditte craze, the Tribe took an ambidextrous pitcher! Ryan Perez pitched at Judson University. He has started a game with one arm and then come back later that week to relieve with the other. He also started going full Venditte and switching off mid at bat:
He is capable of throwing a 94 MPH fastball left-handed, and a 92 MPH fastball right-handed. He did both at the Cape Cod League All-Star game in his 18-pitch outing on his way to becoming the game’s MVP.
The Tribe beat the Mariners yesterday 6 – 0 and the Urshella call-up looks good early. Giovanny his his first big league homer in the 5th. He finished the game 2/4 with 2 RBIs. The other call-up, Zach Walters, was 1/4 with an RBI of his own. Jason Kipnis took the day off. Surprisingly, the week of junk ball brilliance continues. After Young and Heston had great outings Wednesday, Shaun Marcum took a no hitter into the 5th. He went 7 innings, allowing 2 hits, and striking out 5.
Check this out, Lebron is playing for the Browns this fall!
OK, just kidding. That’s rookie wide receiver Vince Mayle. He did get Lebron’s autograph at the ESPYs when he was a kid and has been a big fan ever since though. Apparently people called him “Little Lebron.”
Finally, in anticipation for tonight, apparently Delli is breaking the internet! I got to be honest, I think we are getting liberal with our use of “breaking the internet.” It’s not like twitter went down. Dude is just getting a lot of love.
• The Onion explained Delly’s popularity in a hilarious graphic.
• Buzzfeed posted a story with the headline “Everyone Has Gone Bat**** Insane Over Matthew Dellavedova”
• USA Today.com featured four stories about him on its sports page, including a video entitled “Matthew Dellavedova: Where did this guy come from?”
• ESPN’s Sage Steele went on Good Morning America to tease her exclusive, one-on-one interview with Delly. That’s a Diane Sawyer or Katie Couric move.
• Dellavedova was a punchline to a joke in Jimmy Fallon’s opening monologue on “The Tonight Show.”
• The Borowitz Report satirically wrote about him in The New Yorker.
• His hometown of Maryborough in Australia is renaming its sports arena to “The Dellavedova Dome.”
• Of course, there are the memes. Lots of them.
So as Game 4 approaches tonight, the question becomes, “What will Dellavedova do for an encore?”
The @tencentbeers twitter handle has had plenty of Delli meems as well because… well, Sam is the King of Memes.