Reporting Matt Loede
CLEVELAND (92.3 The Fan) – You have to admit, Twitter is a wonderful world of fun sometimes. From being able to get into heated arguments with folks you’ve never laid eyes on, to meeting and becoming life long friends with others, it’s always an adventure.
With that said, I also find Twitter to be a place of honesty and brutal truth when it comes to fans feelings about certain players on sports teams, including our own Cleveland Indians.
Name the player, and it usually takes about say, 3-4 seconds after a key strikeout in the 8th inning of a tied game for loyal fans to be calling for the player to be sent to the minors or flat out released.
Taking all those things in mind, I thought now would be a good time to take a look at the players that fans seem to “dislike” (and that’s putting it mildly), the most on this years Indians, and examine if they are right in their potshots and amounts of frustration.
1. Johnny Damon – Ah yes, Mr. Damon pops to the top of the list, and all I can do to examine my point on him is to point to the play on Tuesday night in left field when he allowed a ball to get by him for a double/error that was a homer for former Indian Brandon Phillips.
The tweets came in at a rapid pace, but that’s not all Damon has gotten crushed by on Twitter. Take the tweet of morning show guru Tony Mazur of “Kiley and Booms” who on June 15th threw out this little rant after another soft toss from left field by Damon.
Johnny Damon just threw the ball no more than eight feet in the air. And why is he still on this team?
I’d have to say on a scale of 1 to 10, with of course 10 being the highest, the slams that Damon gets on a nightly basis is a strong 7.
Now with that said, Damon has been recently making quite a case to quiet his critics. He’s hit .298 (14-47) in his last 17 games, and this comes after he hit just .152 (12-79) in his previous 22 games.
We shall see if Mr.Damon can keep Twitter Patrol off of him with his recent strong play.
2. Jeanmar Gomez – What a poor month it’s been for Gomez, who was flying Saturday in Houston for four perfect innings, only to melt and allow the light-hitting Astros to beat on him for a four-run fifth inning, ending any good feelings people were having about him.
Consider this – in his last six starts, Gomez is 1-5 with a 7.92 ERA (27 earned runs in 30 2/3 innings). He has not worked six innings in any of those starts.
Can you say time to start thinking about the minors?
Ryan C @RyaninCLE put it best earlier today on Twitter talking about Gomez – Jeanmar Gomez isn’t fooling anyone anymore. Should go down for some tuning in Columbus. McAllister can hold the fort down.
I’ve personally been calling for this over his last few starts, and now more than ever, the Indians need to do something. Batters are killing the ball off him, and he doesn’t seem to have any answers.
Time for Gomez to get to AAA to work on things, and Twitter Nation is giving him a lot of heat, and rightfully so, with a solid 8 every time he throws for the Tribe.
3. Aaron Cunningham - The curious case of Aaron Cunningham. He was a player the Indians wanted and went after this offseason, grabbing him from the Padres in December for pitcher Cory Burns.
With the Padres, Cunningham hit just .178 with 3 homers and 9 RBI in 52 games. He’s now played in exactly 52 games this season for the Indians (most as a late defensive replacement), and is hitting .191, no homers and 3 RBI.
Last year in 52 games he had 90 at-bats with the Padres, so far with the Indians he has 68 at bats. In other words – ouch.
It appears that Cunningham is never going to be much of a hitter, and there was some shock as to why he made the team in the first place out of spring training.
He’s not getting a lot of love on Twitter these days either, as shown by a tweet a few days back from Tyler Carey @tylercarey94:
Could someone please explain to me how Aaron Cunningham is still on this team?
He has been given shots, and he’s one of the reasons that the Indians will go hard after an outfielder during trade talks that will heat up till the end of July.
Cunningham is earning a strong 7 right now on Twitter Nation when he plays, and most of it is dead on. Would it be a shock to see him getting his release if the team gets an outfielder in a trade deal? Not in the least.
So there you have it, three players that better not check their Twitter timeline after playing, as most of the time – well, let’s just say it – all of the time, they are getting hammered by those that have something to say about the Tribe.