You can’t win as a broadcaster. If you heap praise on a player from one team, fans of the opposing team claim you’re biased in his and the player’s team’s favor. If you don’t heap enough praise, fans of the player’s team think you hate him and their team.
Joe Buck knows this well, so he’s likely not surprised to learn that his many, many laudatory words of Kyle Schwarber over the course of the Series’ first five games — mostly deserved, by the way, as Schwarber is doing something that has not been done before — has caused some folks to poke fun at him.
How? In the form of a Bed Bath and Beyond wedding registry!
Someone already bought Buck and Schwarber a $10 sugar bowl. You can still get them flatware or some Riedel wine glasses. Both the tumblers AND the tumblers.
Schwarber strikes me as more of a beer guy than a wine guy, but hey, sometimes you have company over.
The Indians activated shortstop Francisco Lindor in advance of their doubleheader against the Braves, the club announced Saturday. Veteran DH Hanley Ramírez has been designated for assignment in a subsequent roster move.
It’s a welcome change for the Indians, who lost Lindor to a right calf strain at the outset of spring training and saw his recovery timetable extended by a left ankle sprain during one of his rehab games. When healthy, however, the 25-year-old has been nothing short of spectacular. During his 2018 campaign, he received his third consecutive All-Star nomination and finished the season batting .277/.352/.519 with 38 home runs, 25 stolen bases, and a career-best 7.6 fWAR through 745 plate appearances.
Things haven’t gone nearly as well for Ramírez since he inked a minor-league deal with the club in late February. Although he managed to stay relatively injury-free during his first few weeks of the 2019 season, the 35-year-old infielder slashed an underwhelming .184/.298/.327 with three extra bases and eight RBI in 57 PA. Whether or not he’ll find another major-league gig this year remains to be seen.