Indians Mix blog         Write for Indians blog    
Write about the Indians
We believe that you the avid fan, student journalist, and or freelance writer deserve to be heard. Avid fans have a strong desire to hear from the common (or not so common) "man" as well. You are always free to write about the material of your choice, in your own unique style, and on your own schedule. So vent,enlighten and share with us!
Contact us at: writers@sportsmixed.com
Enjoy Indians rumors, news, talk?
Please help us spread the word on the Sports Mixed Network by letting friends, and family know about it. The more we grow our community of avid fans, the more features we can add. So please send a Tweet, Facebook message or better yet tell them in person.

No Room for Apathy

By Jennifer Pignolet

            Up until this point, I’ve been a big fan of Eric Wedge. He’s seemed like a players coach with a drive to win and the managerial skills to make it happen. I no longer see that head coach. I understand we have had injuries and that it is nearly impossible to manage a team as inconsistent as the Cleveland Indians. But the apathy is what bothers me now. If the act doesn’t clean up with quick results, Wedge might have to go.

            Last night’s game was infuriating for many reasons. The first one being on principle – we blew a seven-run lead. Ouch. But it was the coaching decision to bring in, and leave in, Rafael Perez that really steamed me.

When a pitcher is struggling as much as he is, you do not leave him in just because you like the matchup of your pitcher and the guy on deck. It doesn’t matter if that on-deck batter is hitting .150 against lefties, as Alfonso Soriano was. You have to look at the bigger picture: who is struggling less. Matt Herges was up and ready to come in. But, Wedge liked the matchup with Perez better. When a team is struggling this much, you don’t go with matchups. You go with confidence. It’s the pitching equivalent of bunting when you’re down 10 runs.

After the game, I couldn’t wait to hear from Eric Wedge. The “Ask the Manager Show” is always entertaining when it follows a pretty tough loss, as yesterday’s game was. I couldn’t have been more disappointed with what I heard from Wedge. Basically, it sounded like he’d given up. “Yeah, our bullpen has struggled on and off all year.” “Yeah, we have to work on it.” Well, no kidding. The mental strength of this team is severely lacking at this point, and for this, you can absolutely blame the coach.