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Right or Wrong
July 29, 2010 - Al Stephenson
A couple of incidents took place involving the Cleveland Indians in the last two days that deserve at least a look. One involved a trade. The other had to do with apparel worn by a fan at an Indians game. Let's play the game of right or wrong.
The Tribe dealt third baseman Jhonny Peralta to the Detroit Tigers for a Class A left handed pitching prospect. For the Indians - was this the right move or the wrong one?
I have never been a big Peralta fan. His biggest claim to fame is the spelling of his first name. If that's the best he has to offer, well I say good bye. I did however, manage to say JUH-Honny many more times in my life than I ever thought possible. I guess I still can, though I don't watch a lot of Tiger games.
His biggest weakness was his propensity to swing at pitches that landed in the left handers batting box. That aspect of his game won't be missed.
I must admit that the trade left me with a big ho hum feeling. Perhaps that is because the Tribe has traded away anyone with a little age that would cost them a bit of money to retain. I suppose I have become immune to losing players, though my inclination is to think that this is a who cares deal.
If the kid we get becomes a star (and if we keep him when he is good) then the Tribe did the right thing. If the kid is a bust and Peralta matures into a great player then it was the wrong thing. It will take years to find out about the pitcher. My prediction is that Peralta will change teams several times in the next five years and then be out of baseball.
The fan showed up at Progressive Field wearing a LeBron James Miami Heat jersey. Police officers escorted the young man from the stadium presumably for his own safety. Was the fan right or wrong to wear the jersey or just plain stupid? I would say the latter.
The fan's feisty girlfriend (who by the way was wearing an Indians jersey) took exception to something a male spectator said as the couple was leaving and managed to throw a few punches at the fan before exiting waving her middle finger at the crowd as she left. If she thought her boyfriend was not going to run into trouble with his attire, then she is about as smart as he is.
The view from my seat would suggest that he had the right to wear the jersey of his choice. I would also suggest that he would have been better off wearing the shirt I saw at Progressive Field a short time ago. That one had a picture of LeBron with the mane flowing around his face with the take off on Disney caption reading - The Lying King.
One last thought. The fan had the right to wear the jersey. One also has the right to run out in the street in front of a speeding semi truck.
That also seems wrong to me.
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