After last night’s game I wonder if Tino Martinez, the 2005 version, could steal a base off of Victor Martinez. Constantino is my gold standard for slow. I guess it really should be Bengie Molina or Edgar Martinez (especially when he played without quad muscles his last season) but there was something about Tino on the basepaths. His admirable determination, as shown in the huffing and puffing of his cheeks, contrasted starkly with the actual result of his struggles. I miss Tino’s fielding, his occasional lined homers against the upper deck facade, but I don’t miss his running. And yet I’d bet decent money that if Tino played tonight he’d get a steal off of Victor.
Of course, the Indians have the southpaw Cliff Lee pitching tonight, and that probably means it will be harder to put on the speedster show that characterized last night’s splendid victory (sans the Damon injury. I refuse to talk about that right now.). Lefties have a way of taking away steals. That brings us to our lefty, the enigmatic Randy Johnson. I’ve given up trying to predict his performances this year. He was awful against the Mets (the rumored reason for his futility is that he was tipping pitches, although I’m more inclined to believe the rumor that he’s 43 as an explanation for his crappiness), and he’s been bad most of the time. Sometimes, however, he looks like Randy of 2005’s 2nd half. But against this potent Cleveland line-up I’m none too optimistic. Still, you never know. Tonight’s gamer is sponsored by Ned Flander’s Leftorium. Comment away!