Though the Tribe’s 8 game winning streak is in jeopardy today — Cleveland trails Jose Contreras and the White Sox, 3-0, after 3 1/2, the Indians broadcast team were still giddy enough to invite former manager Lou Brown (above, left) into the booth.
In Atlanta today, the Mets are primed for a sweep of the Braves, with David Wright hitting a 2-run HR off John Smoltz in the 5th. New York’s up, 3-1, and perhaps this rare display of Mets strength at Turner Field will make it a bit tougher for the Post’s Joel Sherman to hand in another column suggesting Willie Randolph might get fired. Unless Sherman has some inside info on Joe Benigno becoming the new GM, I suspect Randolph will stick around for a while.
The New York Yankees remain the classiest of all big league clubs. Not content with employing the apologetic former AL Comeback Player Of The Year, rocket scientist Kyle Farnsworth or the Philandering Third Baseman, the Bombers’ week has been marked by Joba Chamberlain mistaking Kevin Youkilis’ skull for a bullseye, and Joe Torre trying to play head games with the Devil Rays.
The Yanks and Tampa are tied at 1 in the last of the 5th, and presumably we can look forward to an inspection of Jason Hammel’s glove, cap and pockets any minute now.