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Umpire Jim Joyce makes call that propels Indians
The Indians took advantage of a controversial bases-loaded wild pitch in their 10-7 victory over the Astros on Thursday.        
-1 points by The Detroit News | Baseball statistics Baseball Baseball rules Baseball terminology Base on balls Cleveland Indians Major League Baseball Terry Francona
Bobblecon attracts dozens of bobblehead enthusiasts for swap and sell show (video, photos)
A bobblecon Saturday, Feb. 18, in Akron attracted dozens of bobblehead enthusiasts. Watch video AKRON, Ohio - A bobblecon in Akron attracted about 60 people to swap, sell and buy the nodding collectibles, with hundreds of the smiling and shaking figures sharing table space Saturday afternoon. As expected, Cleveland athletes dominated, from current (Tyler Naquin, LeBron James, Carlos Santana) and former (C.C. Sabathia in a disco pose, Brad Daugherty of the Cavs, Hall of Famer Bob Feller). Others stood their ground, from UFC fighter Holly Holm in action to a miniature NASCAR racer Jeff Kenseth. Anyone in the sports arena is fair game for their image to be captured in a bobblehead. Mascots rooted, announcers remained silent, characters stared (remember Jobu from "Major League?"). Even Indians manager Terry Francona is caught zipping along in his scooter. The hobby is fueled by team giveaways and the secondary market, which includes shows, flea markets and online vendors. More info Pedro Avalos of Akron is the man behind the national group Bobblehead Addicts. He organized Saturday's show at the Ancient Order of Hibernians hall. Email him for details on future shows. He's also on Twitter. Avalos works with the National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum, which is receiving its largest donation of bobbleheads from collector Bob Manak of Cleveland.
69 points by The Plain Dealer | Cleveland Indians Cleveland Cavaliers Akron Ohio LeBron James Brad Daugherty Terry Francona Johan Santana 2009 NBA Playoffs
Buckley: Bruins drop the puck with timing of Claude Julien’s firing
Among the guidelines put in place by the Boston Police for yesterday’s Patriots victory parade were: No boozing, no climbing on mailboxes and please don’t step on the battered remains of deposed Bruins coach Claude Julien.
32 points by Boston Herald | Boston Red Sox Boston Bruins World Series Fenway Park Chicago White Sox Terry Francona 2004 World Series Dick Williams
Indians announcer Matt Underwood addresses SABR group, talks 2016, '17 season
Cleveland Indians play-by-play announcer Matt Underwood addressed a recent gathering of the Society for American Baseball Research. CLEVELAND, Ohio - Fans know Matt Underwood from his role as Indians play-by-play announcer - he's in his 18th year with the team and the 11th paired with analyst Rick Manning - but he's also a baseball historian, and someone who respects the game's past as well as its present. Underwood is working on a documentary on Addie Joss, the first Cleveland pitcher to throw a perfect game. Joss - a Hall of Famer - died during his prime in 1911. Underwood spoke to a gathering of more than 60 SABR - Society for American Baseball Research - enthusiasts this past weekend at the Baseball Heritage Museum at League Park on Lexington Avenue. He likened the excitement of going to the park each day by saying you never know what you're going to see. Who knew, he said, that Tyler Naquin would belt an inside-the-park walk-off home run in August? "For me as an announcer," Underwood told the crowd "the journey is more fun than the end. It's the day-to-day grind, the stories that evolve. I try to enjoy the season as it unfolds." Here's Underwood on the 2016 season, what to expect in 2017, the game and his observations: On a pivotal moment leading to the post-season: While many Clevelanders remember, and will continue to recall for years, the World Series against Chicago, Underwood points to a key moment being the last game of the season, when the Indians defeated Kansas City, helped by Yan Gomes' home run after the catcher returned from a wrist injury. "You can see how much his teammates appreciated him; it was like the World Series." The Indians avoided playing the next day at Detroit, since the game had no bearing on post-season home-field advantage. Not having to play that game allowed the team to rest before the divisional series against Boston days later. On being more of a front-runner/target in '17: "Once you get to the World Series, you don't sneak in anywhere." On Michael Brantley: "The shoulder is so much different from a knee or elbow. You don't know how it's going to react. The injury he had was not his throwing shoulder. I remember seeing him the day they shut him down. He was devastated. He worked his tail off. (Note: Indians manager Terry Francona said last month at a City Club forum that Brantley did not miss a day of working out at the ballpark). I think that's why they signed Austin Jackson - to be cautious." On Francona's success: "In football it's the 'head coach.' In basketball it's the 'head coach.' In baseball it's the 'manager'. That encompasses the job. You're leaning on guys. What separates them is how you manage them on a daily basis. ... This guy's wife is sick, you have the flu - it doesn't matter. He'll look at a guy and say 'it's not a good day for him.' Terry is very astute, very aware. And on top of that he's an excellent communicator. One thing Terry doesn't do is destroy a guy in the media." Underwood described a moment in 2013 - Francona's first year with Cleveland - saying players were in the clubhouse, heads down, cautious about Francona after another loss during a slide. "He said 'Relax, you're fine, we're playing hard. We're fine.' " He gained the respect of the team, which started to win again. On his catchphrase 'Gone to Souvenir City': It dates to his days with WEWS sports when he would watch the likes of Manny Ramirez and Albert Belle spray the stands with home-run shots. On his game analysis: "I'm not exactly Mr. Critical. I remember when we first started, Rick Manning said 'Don't ever forget forget how hard this game is to play.' If it's a lazy play, we'll call it. But if it's a physical mistake, well, ok. I've never once been asked by anyone in the organization to dial it back. (But) if you lose six in a row you've lost six in a row. I'm not going to say you won four out of 10. I think Rick is very good at calling it what it is - we have a pretty good balance." On memorable moments from the post-season: "I definitely remember Ryan Merritt." (Note: The left-hander allowed two hits in 4 1/3 innings against the Blue Jays in Game 5 of the ALCS, his second Major League start. The win clinched the pennant). Underwood said he was in the corridor tucked behind the visiting team's dugout. "I'm looking at this little sliver of the field," he said, and on the last out what he noticed and remembers is the sound. Everything in the stadium went quiet. There was a slight pause - "then our dugout goes 'yeah!' " On going to Wrigley Field: "I was on the bus sitting behind Michael Brantley, going to Wrigley Field. It's a neighborhood, like here, Lexington (Avenue). And there's 50,000 people on the streets. They've been drinking beer. They know who it (Indians team bus) is. I remember Brantley going 'Wow, look at all those people'."
-2 points by The Plain Dealer | Cleveland Indians Major League Baseball Baseball Terry Francona World Series Home run Society for American Baseball Research SportsTime Ohio