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Frozen Diamond Faceoff Recap: Michigan 4, Ohio State 1

January 17, 2012 | | One Comment

By Matthew Van Wormer

The Michigan Wolverines proved to be too much for the Ohio State Buckeyes to handle on the ice at Progressive Field on Sunday night.  U of M skated out of Cleveland with a 4-1 victory over the #2 team in the nation.  Chris Brown was a thorn in the Buckeyes side as he scored the Wolverines first goal and assisted on two others for the three point day.

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Ray Chapman: An Indians Legend, Part 2

January 15, 2012 | | One Comment

By Matthew Van Wormer

January 15th marks the birthday of a great Indian; Raymond Johnson Chapman.  Born in 1891, Ray played for the Indians until August 16, 1920, when a ball pitched by Carl Mays struck him in the left side of the head.  He died just 12 hours later and inspired the team to win the World Series, the first of two Championships for the Cleveland Indians.  This two part series will cover Ray Chapman from a fan’s perspective and also look at the career of two men, Chapman and Mays, who couldn’t have been more different.

Ray Chapman’s career was supposed to end in 1920, just not the way it did.  Before the season started, Chapman married Kathleen Daly who was the daughter of wealthy Cleveland businessman, Martin B. Daly.  It was insinuated by Chapman and a few people close to him that he would be retiring after the season to take a job within Daly’s successful business.  He had played nine seasons in the Major’s and was ready to be a business and family man.  Not a lot of people knew this, especially not the man who threw the pitch that killed Chapman, Carl Mays.

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Ray Chapman: An Indians Legend

January 14, 2012 | | One Comment

 

By Matthew Van Wormer

January 15 marks the birthday of a great Indian; Raymond Johnson Chapman.  Born in 1891, Ray played for the Indians until August 16, 1920, when a ball pitched by Carl Mays struck him in the left side of the head.  He died just 12 hours later and inspired the team to win the World Series, the first of two championships for the Cleveland Indians.  This two part series will cover Ray Chapman from a fan’s perspective and also look at the career of two men, Chapman and Mays, who couldn’t have been more different.

Everyone has certain rituals at baseball games.  People park in the same garage, enter through the same gate, purchase food and beer from the same vendors.  Call it superstitious, call it obsessive compulsive.  I call it being a fan.  My game day ritual varies slightly from game to game, except for one thing.  As soon as I enter the ballpark (through Gate C by the Bob Feller statue), I head down to the lower level of Heritage Park where a plaque hangs in honor of the only batter to ever die due to injuries sustained from a pitched ball, Ray Chapman.

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Thoughts From The Bottom of Jobu’s Rum

January 13, 2012 | | One Comment

Today is our second installment on Did The Tribe Win Last Night? with Jobu. He has agreed to give us his thoughts about the Indians, Cleveland sports and life on a bi-weekly basis, in a way that only he can.

By Jobu

We are getting closer to baseball everyday.  While this excite Jobu very much, talking it about it daily make it seem further and further away.  This week, Jobu would like to share some enthusiasm for up and coming Cavs team and also talk about some things that concern Jobu.

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Ohio State vs. Michigan: Hockey Series Preview

January 13, 2012 | | One Comment

By Matthew Van Wormer

Tonight, at the Schottenstein Center in Columbus, the #2 ranked Ohio State Buckeyes and #16 ranked Michigan Wolverines start a two game series that has a bit of a twist involved.  While the first game will take place in Columbus, the second game, to be played on Sunday, will take place on the Frozen Diamond at Progressive Field.  It will be the first collegiate hockey game played outdoors in the state of Ohio, but it won’t be a first for the Buckeyes or the Wolverines.

Thoughts From The Bottom Of Jobu’s Rum

December 28, 2011 |

Today begins what we think will become a regular installment on Did The Tribe Win Last Night? Jobu has agreed to give us his thoughts about the Indians, Cleveland sports and life on a bi-weekly basis, in a way that only he can.

By Jobu

Baseball season getting close, but the offseason been tiresome for Jobu. Tracking down trade rumors and calculating salary space in hopes of landing big name 1st baseman.  This week Jobu would like to talk about anything other than baseball. Here are things 3 that have been on Jobu mind.

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Offseason Swap Series: Oakland Athletics

December 26, 2011 | | 2 Comments

By Matthew Van Wormer

Of all the teams in Major League Baseball, one team reminds me of the Indians more than any other; the Oakland Athletics.  They put a premium on having a great farm system and building a team through the draft rather than signing high priced free agents and players with questionable character.  This, however, also puts competing at a premium and usually opens up windows for a year or two at a time.  I had the chance to ask some questions of David Wishinsky over at the Todd Van Poppel Rookie Card Retirement Plan to get his thoughts on the Indians western twin.

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Offseason Swap Series: Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

December 19, 2011 |

By Matthew Van Wormer

The Los Angeles Angels were one of the busiest teams during the annual Winter Meetings and took the baseball world by storm by adding two marquee names to their roster; Albert Pujols and C.J. Wilson.  They quickly became one of the team’s on DTTWLN? writer, Mike Brandyberry’s “Can’t Miss” list for the teams that come into town that you have to see live.  I hooked up with Garrett Wilson from Monkey With a Halo to ask him about the Angels in this edition of the Offseason Swap Series.

DTTWLN? 1 – The Angels were neck and neck with the eventual American League Champs right until the end of the season but ended up 10 games behind the Rangers, missing the post-season for the second straight year.  Were the Rangers just too much to keep that pace with for 162 games?

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Offseason Swap Series: New York Yankees

December 12, 2011 |

 

By Matthew Van Wormer

Today, we finish off the American League East in our Offseason Swap Series as I spoke with Mike D from Yankees Fans Unite and got his take on the end of 2011 and what to look for from the Yankees in 2012.  When you are a team like the Yankees, expectations are always high and not meeting those expectations is always a disappointment.  So, without further ado, here is my blog swap with Mike D.

DTTWLN? 1 – The Yankees came short of their ultimate goal for 2011, and every year, winning the World Series.  What could New York have done better to move forward in the post season?

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Offseason Swap Series: Tampa Bay Rays

December 5, 2011 | | One Comment

By Matthew Van Wormer

As we continue our tour of the American League East, I caught up with Yossi from The Rays Rant and got him to answer some questions about the team that had the unenviable task of taking on the Texas Rangers in the last two postseasons.  I was very impressed by what Yossi had to say, especially after learning that this guy is just 14 years old.  His knowledge is well beyond his years and I hope I get to work with him this season whenever the Rays and Indians get together.  So, without further ado, here are the questions I had for Yossi.

DTTWLN? 1 – The Rays had a great September but couldn’t keep it going in the playoffs.  Do you think the energy they used to get into the playoffs was just too much for the rotation and team to handle?

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Melt Bar and Grilled: Cleveland Sandwiches for Cleveland Fans

December 2, 2011 | | One Comment

By Matthew Van Wormer

Matt Fish can be an intimidating man.  Standing around 6’5” with arms full of tattoos, he doesn’t look like someone you’d want to mess with.  As soon as he introduces himself and smiles though, you know this is a guy who loves baseball, food and Cleveland.  Matt’s memories of Indians baseball go back to the late 70’s as he grew up with the mediocre to downright awful years at Municipal Stadium.  It’s his love of Cleveland, and wanting everyone to know just what this great city has to offer, that inspired him to open his now famous restaurant that has been featured on the Food Network and the Travel Channel a number of times.

While Matt can’t specifically remember his very first trip to Municipal Stadium, he can remember going quite often with church groups and working the concession stands.  While the adults got things prepared for the game, Matt and his brother would run around the stadium, taking in all the sights and sounds of the great game of baseball.  They loved shagging balls, standing out in the bleachers and in the upper deck, trying to get the players on the field to hit balls to them.  He was trained to be an Indians fan by his father who is a huge fan of all Cleveland sports.

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Offseason Swap Series: Boston Red Sox

November 28, 2011 | | 2 Comments

 

By Matt Van Wormer

At the beginning of September, the Red Sox looked they were going to be able to coast into the playoffs as either the AL East Champion or, at the very least, the Wild Card.  We know now that neither of those opportunities materialized as the Sox had one of the worst collapses of all time.  How can they put that ending out of their mind and focus on 2012?  That’s just one of the five questions I asked Chip Buck from Fire Brand of the American League, a Boston Red Sox blog and fellow member of the Baseball Blogger’s Alliance.  Chip gave me some great insight to his team, so let’s get to it!

DTTWLN? 1 – I hate to start things off on a sour note but really, it’s the only first question that can be asked.  What happened???
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