The Indians lost again last night to Chicago, 7-2, extending their losing streak to 5 games. And although Paul Byrd gave up 5 runs, the story of the game, and the season, is still the abnormally putrid offense. Did you know that its been a week and a half since the Tribe has scored more than 5 runs in a game? Horrible. I don't gamble on sports, but I'm pretty sure that the Indians currently have the best odds in Vegas for getting a no-hitter thrown against them.
The scary thing is that I'm no longer sure if this lineup is in a prolonged slump or if this is really just as productive as they get. The team needs some kind of quick spark and with one game remaining in Chicago I think there is only one thing left for Eric Wedge to do: start a bench clearing brawl.
Its time, we need one. The Grady Sizemores and Casey Blakes of the team need to either a.) roll around on the ground and punch someone in the face or b.) roll around on the ground and get punched in the face. And they need to do it quick. Sometimes a baseball fight will bring a team together in a way nothing else can -- its common baseball knowledge.
And with former Indian and first class a-hole Jim Thome on the opposing team, there is no better person to instigate such a brawl with. During Thome's second at bat tonight Aaron Laffey needs fire a fastball up near his head. If Thome doesn't bite, then Laffey should just charge the batters box. This is a flawless plan, I can't see anything going wrong with it.
In the meantime, here are some classic baseball fights to look at: