“Baseball is a game where a curve is an optical illusion, a screwball can be a pitch or a person, stealing is legal and you can spit anywhere you like except in the umpire’s eye or on the ball.”—Jim Murray
“I love [the boos]. It’s great. Seriously, as a competitor, I really do enjoy it. This is a challenging game for all of us, and it’s a long season and playing in an environment like this is motivating. I wouldn’t say I want it to be like this, if it’s my choice. But I don’t have much of a say in how the fans are going to react. I might as well make the best of it and use it to my advantage as motivation.”
The Indians split their doubleheader in Oakland winning the late game 6-4.
This team reminded me of something very important. They could easily have taken the night off. They could have approached it with the attitude of we’re losing, it’s early April, It’s a long season, let’s just get the game over and get home.
"[Getting swept is] obviously not the way we wanted to come out and open this thing up. They all count, but it’s a long season and we’ll bounce back. There’s a lot of guys in this clubhouse that understand what a baseball season consists of, and sometimes this happens."
At 2-2, the rationalizations start. 2-1, and you still feel pretty good. Two wins every three games the whole year through puts you in play come October. 2-2 and you’re a loss away from dropping below .500, and who knows for long. Then you think about difficulty of opponent, but you have to shake your head and not think about it, because it’s not good for your overall game attitude and let’s face it, it’s a long season.
“We like to compete collectively together. It’s always a pick-up-your-teammate kind of thing when (someone) struggles. It’s a long season. We just have to keep doing what we’re doing and go out there and execute.”
The home squad did not look particularly sound in fundamentals. A player was picked off first base. Cutoff men were missed with throws from the outfield. Another runner was easily pegged out at home trying to tag up on a short fly ball.
It’s a long season. The Nationals are predicted by many to win the National League East, and the organization has provided the Chiefs with many talented players.
Color the day hopeful up there on the north side of Syracuse.
“Don’t tell me about the world. Not today. It’s springtime and they’re knocking baseball around fields where the grass is damp and green in the morning and the kids are trying to hit the curve ball.”—Pete Hamill