In case you missed it, earlier this week, Branson Wright from Cleveland.com sat down with the owner of XO Prime Steaks for a hard-hitting interview about why athletes love going there.
We don't hang out much at XO (okay, we never hang out there, but for good reason), so we can't say whether athletes have a good time there or not. But we can vouch for the Harbor Inn. So, we decided to get Wally, the owner, on camera and ask him why players should go to the Harbor instead. Enjoy.
If you know and love the first hastily made Cleveland tourism video from Mike Polk, you're gonna love the second. As good as the first was, this was one is better. Infinitely. This time LeBron makes an appearance.
D'Qwell Jackson's blog over at Yard Barker can be entertaining at times. He's got the personality to pull it off — anyone who listened to his interview on ESPN 850 with Rizzo when he ran into his neighbor's mailbox while conducting the interview knows that.
Anyway, he loves movies and has a little contest going. In the comments section of the blog, tell him what movie star he reminds you of and you could win some random newspaper that he autographed in the video below. (Hat tip to Waiting For Next Year)
Ebbets Field Flannels, a tremendous purveyor of vintage jerseys, is going through somewhat of a business transition and a whole bunch of their stuff is on sale this week. Head over to their site to check out the full collection, but if you just want to see the Cleveland related stuff, well, that Cleveland Barons jersey is it. That 1955 sweater is certainly a beaut.
I meant to put this up awhile ago, so this might be completely old news to some of you. ESPN 850's Kenny Roda was talking about this t-shirt a couple of months ago after Mo's love affair of all things gangster led to "The Hitman" nickname. Get the tee from Velocity for only $20, and if you need any more incentive, a portion of the cash goes to the Mo Williams Foundation.
Luis Tiant is probably best known for his time in Boston, but Tiant of course started his career in Cleveland, playing for the Tribe from 1964 to 1969. He also had what was arguably the best season of his career as a Wahoo in 1968, going 21-9, with a 1.60 ERA, a 186 ERA+, a minuscule 0.871 WHIP, 9 shutouts, and 264 strikeouts. He came in fifth in the MVP voting and lost the Cy Young to Denny McLain (who also won the MVP in 1968 for his ridiculous year.)
Anyway, this is all by way of introducing The Lost Son of Havana, a documentary on Luis Tiant that premiered at Tribeca last week, has received gloriously shining reviews, and which was bought by ESPN. The doc will screen on ESPN and ESPN Deportes in August, so make sure you catch it.
The Lost Son of Havana details Tiant's first trip back to Cuba in 46 years to see his family and friends. NPR has a short excerpt of the film on video, and here's just a portion of the review from Newsday, which brings into focus the intertwined realities of U.S/Cuba relations, politics, baseball, and family:
In the film, Tiant listens to long-ago acquaintances and relatives speak of their dead-end existence, of how proud they are of him, of recollections of his parents. Tiant recalls the story of how a friend in Cuba had rigged up a television illegally to a huge antenna early in Tiant's major-league career, and how Tiant's mother watched the fuzzy image "and would go to the TV and try to touch me. She cry."
Not until 1975, as "Lost Son" documents, did then-Senator George McGovern, on a diplomatic trip to Havana, take advantage of Fidel Castro's love of baseball to ask that Tiant's parents be allowed to travel to Boston to see their son. Castro agreed, leading to "Lefty" Tiant's ceremonial first pitch prior to a Red Sox game and to the parents' attendance at the '75 World Series. They remained with Tiant, his wife and three children until both died 15 months later — 15 months that Tiant cherished.
Sounds absolutely riveting. Can't wait to watch it.
Saw this under a "Ugly Tat Showdown, Who Ya Got" post over at Barstool Sports.
Listen, there's no way you're allowed to get a "Witness" tattoo if you are not personally LeBron James. Just not allowed. I don't want to go all crazy on this guy because it looks kind of fake. But if it's not, that is one sad, sad design young man.