My ACL reconstruction surgery went well, but then…

Medical websites are to the world of health care what Donald Trump is to the world of politics – a source of mostly alternative facts and hyperbole that are far too often used to scare rather than to help.

ACL surgery picAnd yet, I still referred to a couple of those sites when I found out that I would need to have ACL reconstruction surgery to repair a torn ACL I suffered while playing basketball. Just as one would expect, the risks were first to pop up when I googled “ACL reconstruction surgery.” Things such as loss of motion, continuous knee pain, infection, and worst of all, blood clots.

My ACL reconstruction surgery was scheduled to take place on Friday, May 5, 2017 at 7:30 a.m. at the Cleveland Clinic Akron General Health & Wellness Center in Montrose with Dr. Jeffrey Yang performing the procedure. The surgery center called me on Thursday to ask me a few medical history questions and to go over some instructions for the following day.

One of the things they covered was that they wanted to give me a nerve block, which would keep the nerve in my leg numb and minimize the pain I felt as I came out of the anesthesia during the recovery process. Or at least that’s how it was supposed to work.

But for me? Yeah, that’s not what happened.

When I woke up after the surgery, I immediately felt an immense pain in my knee. The nurse told me that I did well throughout the surgery and then asked how bad the pain was on a scale of 1 to 10. I responded with “2,000.” She repeated it quizzically. “2,000?” I confirmed the answer with a nod and “yes, 2,000. It hurts a lot.”

She immediately had pain meds administered through my IV, which didn’t really seem to do the trick. After asking me again about my level of pain, she had them give me more pain meds. She was giving orders like one of those medical TV dramas where they are just spewing out names of meds and dosages. It was all happening so fast that something seemed wrong.

I asked when I would be able to see my wife, who along with my in-laws, had accompanied me to the surgery center that morning. I was told I could see her once they were able to get my pain under control. That seemed pretty normal, I thought.

And then it felt more serious.

Next thing I knew, the nurse was taking out an oxygen mask and putting it over my nose and mouth. I had still not 100% come out of the anesthesia so my mind was in a million different places, which made me start to freak me out a little bit over this latest development. While the nurse tried to keep me calm and explain that the oxygen mask was being used to counter all of the pain meds I had been given, my mind started to wander back to those risks I mentioned earlier, specifically the blot clots.

It started to hit me that I could not feel my right foot and I also couldn’t see it because of the blankets that were covering my body. That sent my mind into a dark place and I started wondering if maybe I had experienced blood clots during the surgery and the extent of them forced the surgery team to amputate my foot. I know it sounds crazy, but when you understand the history of blood clots that my father had, it seemed like a fair concern to me at the time.

Once I was convinced that my foot was indeed still attached, I wasn’t quite out of the woods. At the end of the day, it was a simple risk that is associated with anesthesia that made my day miserable, not one that came from the ACL surgery.

Three hours after telling my wife that I had come through the surgery without issues, they finally went out to get her and let her come see me. Once she got back to where I was in recovery, my heart had started racing and now I wasn’t feeling so good. I started to shake and sweat, while also feeling light-headed and dizzy. A few minutes later, I was throwing up.

I continued to throw up for about the next hour before they released me to go home. Despite still showing signs of not getting any better, I was granted my release from the surgery center. Once we returned home, I sat on a chair near the entrance of our bathroom, where I was still shaking and sweating. After throwing up a couple more times, I broke down and started crying. It was a couple of hours before I was finally back to some sort of normal where it didn’t feel like I was going to throw up every five minutes.

The entire ordeal was more than I was expecting and honestly, a little more than I was emotionally ready to handle. I have since tried to remind myself that those side effects were normal and have begun to wrap my mind around the upcoming obstacles I will face.

Now it’s on to what is supposed to be the most difficult part of the ACL reconstruction surgery – the physical therapy. I won’t be looking that one up online.

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A-Rod’s 600th Home Run Not Special

By Ryan Isley (Originally posted 7/27/2010)

It is time for Major League Baseball to stop catering to the players that have cheated and therefore turned baseball into a dirty sport.

Someone needs to show Major League Baseball commissioner Bud Selig that baseball’s power numbers do not mean what they once did and it is not necessary to celebrate them as if they do.

New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez is on the verge of making history this week, possibly at Progressive Field in Cleveland, which it is a true shame and a slap in the face to some of the greats that have played the game.

Rodriguez is just one home run away from 600 in his career, a number that has been reached by only six other men in the history of Major League Baseball.

The problem with Rodriguez reaching the milestone is that he is a proven cheater, testing positive for two anabolic steroids in a test that was conducted in 2003.

This makes Rodriguez the third player out of what will be seven on the 600-home run list that truly do not belong, joining Barry Bonds and Sammy Sosa.

The only four members of the once-elusive club should be Hank Aaron, Babe Ruth, Willie Mays and Ken Griffey, Jr.

Major League Baseball does not see it that way, however, as they have put special baseballs into play every time Rodriguez has stepped up to the plate since belting number 599 last Thursday against Kansas City.

The numbers that once meant something in the game of baseball are now just a joke, as smaller ballparks, watered-down pitching and more importantly, cheating, has diminished what players like Aaron, Ruth and Mays had established.

Fans and even players of past generations looked at numbers such as 755 and 61 with reverence as they were numbers they thought would never be topped.

Now, those numbers mean very little, if anything, as Bonds has topped Aaron’s career home run mark of 755 and Roger Maris’ one-time single-season home run record of 61 was topped six times in a four season span after standing for 37 years, with Ruth’s one-time record of 60 standing for 34 seasons before Maris broke it.

Fans of this new generation have little, if any, knowledge of what the players in years past have done because all they have seen are players who look like they should be WWE wrestlers launching baseballs to places where they have never been hit before.

They associate history with the home run chase between Sosa and Mark McGwire in 1998 when McGwire outslugged Sosa 70 to 66, or Bonds following that up with 73 home runs in 2001 or Bonds’ pursuit of Aaron’s 755 career home runs that he took down on August 7, 2007.

Today’s fans are never taught what the true greats of the game did and how remarkable the numbers they put up really were because those numbers are so easily passed in today’s game.

The lack of history being taught to the younger generations can be traced right back to Park Avenue in New York, the home of the office of the commissioner of Major League Baseball.

Commissioner Selig and the rest of Major League Baseball have seemed to decide once again that they just simply do not care about records anymore and if a player has cheated, so be it.

The reason that fans do not care anymore whether or not a player is clean is because the office of the commissioner does not care, nor does the so-called ‘Worldwide Leader in Sports’, as ESPN broke into coverage of their own game Monday night to show Rodriguez’s at-bats.

No matter what number Rodriguez hits before he is done, the bottom line will still be that he is a cheat and this pathetic display of appreciation for a player who has cheated is just one more act in an already played out production put on by Selig and his people.

Ianello Gives Birth To New Analogy After Latest Loss

By Ryan Isley (Originally posted 11/18/2010)

Shortly after the University of Akron’s football team fell to 0-11 on the season with a 19-14 loss to Miami (OH) on Wednesday night, head coach Rob Ianello was scheduled to join the media to talk about the game.

One would expect that an 0-11 season in the first season as a head coach would be tough on the 45-year-old from Port Chester, New York, but the man who sat at the table seemed anything but stressed.

Ianello walked in with a smile on his face and even found the time to crack a joke before addressing what had just happened on the field at InfoCision Stadium. Once the recorders were on and the words starting flowing from his mouth, it was still as if Ianello was at peace with a team that had yet to win a game.

“I am certainly proud of our team, I am certainly proud of how they competed, I am proud of how they played,” Ianello started off in his opening statement. “We fought our butts off right to the very end tonight but we came up short.

“I don’t think anybody can look at our team and say we haven’t improved. I don’t think anybody can look at our team and say our kids aren’t playing with great effort, I don’t think anybody can look at our team and say that our kids don’t believe they can win. We have gotten good, we just haven’t gotten good enough.”

The opening statement was almost something that you would expect to find in a book entitled “How To Address The Media And Say The Right Things When Going Winless.” It is the same kind of spiel that was the basis of most press conferences last season given by Cleveland Browns head coach Eric Mangini, whose team started 1-11.

While it is fair and good to be happy that the team has shown improvement, the fact of the matter is that the team is still winless, and was something that needed to be addressed so I did just that with the next question.

“You say the team has gotten better,” I started out as Ianello looked at me. “What is the next step, what do you have to do to get over that hump?”

Before the question was even finished, Ianello was answering.

“Well, we’ve got to score one more point than they do,” Ianello said. “I don’t think there is any magic (button) to put your (finger) on other than we have to make a key play at a key time in the game and then we’ll make that and we’ll come out and we’ll have that win.”

So far, so good, but that is when the answer got a little strange.

“It’s like that couple that can’t have a baby and then they adopt a child,” Ianello said as the reporters looked at him quizzically. “The minute they adopt a child, the wife gets pregnant because the pressure is off. The minute we get our first win, that’s when we are going to start following through and getting more wins and we’re going to see this growing.”

Go ahead, read that quote again. Losing 11 football games in a row is similar to a couple who is struggling to bring a newborn baby into the world.

At what point does that comparison even become logical? The answer – it never does.

But then again, logic has not played a major role in the building of this football team under athletic director Tom Wistrcill, right down to the hiring of Ianello, so why should we expect anything less in the press conferences?

One of the main problems with the Akron football team is that they are spinning their wheels. The men’s soccer team and basketball teams have found success but the football team has floundered.

They have wasted the opportunity they have with the new stadium, as very few showed up Wednesday night even though the school announced a crowd of 7,671. The actual butt-in-seat attendance was nowhere near that number. The low attendance, especially for a game being shown on ESPNU, shows that the fans are almost at an apathetic state with this team, if they are not there already.

Couple apathy with poor play and guess what happens?

That’s right – you get a head coach comparing the plight of his football team to a couple who are struggling to get pregnant.

Ianello Era Continues With Another Painful Loss

By Ryan Isley (Originally posted 10/9/2010)

Thankfully for the University of Akron, basketball season is right around the corner.

The Zips played another game and suffered another loss to start the Rob Ianello era with a 28-17 loss at the hands of Kent State on Saturday, sending Ianello to an 0-6 start.

“Obviously, it is a heck of a rivalry, everything that they say it was it is,” Ianello said. “Two teams slugging it out, good crowd, great atmosphere. And they just made a few more plays than we did.”

The contingent of Akron fans who were already starting to grow weary of Ianello will not take losing to Kent State lightly, as the Zips had won three in a row, five of the last six and 11 of the previous 13 meetings between the rivals.

The Akron offense stalled time after time as quarterback Patrick Nicely had one of the worst days a quarterback could dream of having, completing just 16-for-33 for 133 yards, zero touchdowns, three interceptions and three fumbles, two recovered by Kent State.

“I can’t tell if it all decision-making (with Nicely) until I watch the video,” Ianello said. “I can’t sit here and pin it all on Patrick. We had some protection issues and we had some things not go well at times. I can’t doubt anybody’s effort, we just need to execute a little better.”

Akron actually took a 7-0 lead after a seven-play, 89-yard drive resulted in a two-yard touchdown run by Alex Allen the second time they had the ball but then disaster struck on the next possession.

With the offense backed up at their own one-yard-line on third-and-11, Nicely tossed an errant pass that landed in the hands of Kent State safety Dan Hartman, who returned it 12 yards for a touchdown that got Kent State on the board despite having just 20 yards of total offense at the time.

The numbers look bad enough, but Nicely was actually worse than they suggest, missing receivers all over the field and never really even getting close to being in a rhythm until the final drive of the first half when he was 3-for-4 for 25 yards.

Just when it looked like Akron was going to make something happen, the offense stalled again due to play-calling and then Nicely took a sack with six seconds left and kicker Igor Iveljic nailed a 41-yard field goal attempt to cut the lead to 21-10 at half.

“When you get into the two-minute offense before the half, you are trying to get a field goal for sure and if you can get close enough to get greedy, you go for a touchdown,” Ianello said. “They had just gone up 21-7 and with that type of momentum I just wanted to make sure we could get ourselves in a position to kick a field goal.”

While the offense was not able to maintain anything, the defense was not able to hold Kent State and the Golden Flashes did their offensive damage in the second quarter, scoring two touchdowns while racking up 140 yards and held Akron to just 26 yards of total offense in the quarter before that final drive.

The Zips looked like they were going to make a ballgame of it on a fake field goal turned into a touchdown by wide receiver Jeremy LaFrance with 5:47 left in the third quarter to make it 21-17 following what may have been the ugliest few minutes in the history of football.

“We have had that in for a couple weeks,” Ianello said. “We felt that they presented us with a good look to run that so there is no reason to leave it on the call sheet.”

With the ball at their own 49-yard-line, Nicely completed a seven-yard pass to Gary Pride, which coupled with a roughing the passer penalty on Kent State gave the Zips the ball at the Kent State 29-yard-line. Following a holding penalty, Nicley was then sacked for 14 yards and topped that off with an intentional grounding penalty.

On third-and-27, Nicely was again sacked but a facemask penalty on Kent State gave Akron a first down, leading to the touchdown.

“I would have to go check the record books to see if I have ever been in a game with that many penalties,” Ianello said, referring to the 23 accepted penalties in the game. “I was disappointed in our discipline today, no question.”

The offenses both went stagnant from there and Kent State’s defense salted the game away with 3:08 to play when Nicely fumbled the ball in his own end zone, recovered by Luke Batton for a Kent State touchdown to make it 28-17 and then Nicely’s second interception on the next possession sent the Akron fans for the exits. Just for good measure, Nicely tossed another interception with 54 seconds left, sending Kent State into victory formation.

“It’s a great rivalry,” Ianello said. “I thought Kent State played really well today and (head coach) Doug Martin and his staff did a heck of a job. I congratulate them and wish them the best of luck the rest of the year.”

At this point, it may be Akron, and not Kent State, that needs the luck.

Hiring Ianello Was A Mistake for Akron

By Ryan Isley (Originally posted on 10/7/2010)

University of Akron athletic director Tom Wistrcill and his entire staff are learning an important lesson the hard way that you cannot judge a book by the cover.

Last football season, the Zips were a woefully underachieving 3-9 (2-6 in the MAC), bringing to an end the six-year tenure of head coach J.D. Brookhart.

During the hiring process to replace Brookhart, Wistrcill and his staff were hoodwinked and bamboozled by Touchdown Jesus into hiring then-Notre Dame interim head coach Rob Ianello.

Wistrcill was out to make a splash with this hiring, knowing that the football team was falling behind in popularity to the men’s basketball team, which had been to three straight MAC championship games (they made it four this past seasonafter Ianello was hired) and the men’s soccer team, which had just advanced to the NCAA semi-finals five days before Akron announced Ianello as their new head coach.

What better way to make a splash than to steal away the guy that Notre Dame had tabbed to run their program when they fired Charlie Weis? Or so Wisctrill thought.

Ianello sold himself to Wistrcill the way he sold his former teams to recruits, and Wistrcill fell hook, line and sinker for everything the 45-year-old Port Chester, New York native was selling.

Wistrcill did the equivalent of going through a drive-thru and ordering a gourmet cheeseburger only to drive away and unwrap it to find a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, as the Zips are now 0-5 with no end to the misery in sight.

Looking at the bio that Akron has distributed about Ianello, they will tell you that Ianello is the only coach to be named one of the 25 best recruiters nationally from 2005-09 by Rivals.com and that he directed three straight top-10 recruiting classes at Notre Dame from 2006-08.

What Akron has either failed to realize, or has decided to completely ignore, is the fact that Ianello has been an assistant recruiting coordinator or a recruiting coordinator at Alabama, Wisconsin, Arizona and Notre Dame, schools that are a lot easier to sell to recruits than is Akron.

What Akron will also tell you is that Ianello served as the offensive coordinator at Notre Dame in 2009, when the Fighting Irish had the sixth-best passing unit in the country in and were ninth-best overall offensively in the nation.

What they neglect to tell you is that the offense was led by quarterback Jimmy Clausen (now the starting quarterback for the NFL’s Carolina Panthers), wide receivers Golden Tate (an AP All-American) and Michael Floyd (one of the best sophomores in the country despite missing five games to injury) and tight end Kyle Rudolph (the top-rated tight end in the country this season).

Those caliber of players are just simply not going to commit to Akron.

Need proof?

Of the top 150 recruits listed at ESPN.com, seven of them are verbally committed to Notre Dame, even with Ianello not there, while Akron will not be mentioned in the top-150 at all.

What Wistrcill and Akron did was make a hire based on Ianello’s recruiting past and completely ignored the fact that he had been no higher than a position coach until last season at Notre Dame.

Wistrcill needed to get a name, not a resume.

He knew that he needed to be able to put fans in the seats of their new $61.6 million stadium, as their failure last season resulted in less than 10,000 people filing through the gates for the season finale.

Unfortunately for Wistcrill, the fans were not as easy to trick as he was, which was evident when less than 16,000 fans showed up for this season’s opener against Syracuse. Those who did show up left shaking their heads in disgust after watching the Zips get dominated by one of the worst teams in the six BCS conferences.

Akron had scheduled their second game of the season against FCS opponent Gardner-Webb and just over 10,000 fans showed up for that. To make matters worse, the Zips found a way to lose that game before heading on the road for two weeks.

After losses at Kentucky and Indiana, two more BCS non-powerhouses, Akron returned home where they were thumped 50-14 by Northern Illinois in front of just over 12,000 fans.

Last season under Brookhart, the offense averaged almost 301 yards per game and gave up 367 yards per game defensively.

So far this season, the Zips are worse in each category, averaging just 267 yards per game on offense and allowing 462 yards per game on defense.

Quarterback Patrick Nicely has regressed under the eye of Ianello, completing just 46% of his passes and has just three touchdown passes to two interceptions.

This does not bode well for a program that the returned 17 starters from a year ago, a team that many thought would compete for the top spot in the MAC East before collapsing.

Then again, maybe Wistrcill should have just checked out the book from the library instead of committing to it and buying it because of the cover, because so far the story inside has been less than uplifting.

Of course, Ianello could write a new chapter in that book with a win against Kent State this Saturday, but so far there is nothing to suggest that this story is that type of fairytale.

Braxton Miller Could Be The Next Big Thing In Columbus

By Ryan Isley (Originally posted on 9/19/2010)

When a player is ranked by ESPN as the second-highest rated overall quarterback in his recruiting class and then by Rivals.com as the top-ranked quarterback in the class, there has to be something special about him.

Ohio State’s top verbal recruit for the class of 2011, quarterback Braxton Miller of Huber Heights Wayne High School, is no exception.

Imagine Michael Vick at Virginia Tech, if only Vick had a better knowledge of the offense, a more accurate arm and no pit bulls.

Imagine Reggie Bush at USC, if only Bush could have combined his speed and elusiveness with the arm of 2006 Rose Bowl opponent Vince Young, and if he had not received improper benefits.

Imagine Ohio State’s 2006 Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Troy Smith, if only Smith were a couple inches taller and had the skills as a college freshman that he developed as a junior and a senior.

Those are the kinds of comparisons that the 6-foot-2, 200-lb senior from Huber Heights Wayne High School is facing.

“The comparisons are an honor, but I just gotta keep improving and get better,” Miller said.

Lately though, it has been more of his arm than his athletic ability that has Miller looking more like Young and wowing those in attendance.

“Running is an example of being an athlete, but I only run if I have to,” Miller said. “I always like to stay in the pocket and pass.”

Miller showed his running ability in Wayne’s season-opening loss to Cincinnati Moeller, running a 27-yard touchdown and then an electrifying 75-yard run for a touchdown that made the comparisons to Vick and Bush seem legit.

After missing the Warriors’ loss to Canton McKinley two weeks ago with an ankle injury, Miller returned last week to lead Wayne to a 31-7 win over Seneca as he was 10-for-23 for 92 yards and did not have any rushing plays called for him as they tried to rest his ankle.

Friday night, Miller proved to all doubters that he can indeed be more than just an athlete playing quarterback, as he was 9-for-21 for 133 yards with one touchdown and one interception in a 21-7 win over Trotwood-Madison at Heidkamp Stadium on the campus of Wayne High School.

While the numbers may not look like those of a quarterback who was in control, most of his damage came in the first half as he was 8-for-14 for 130 yards and the touchdown. Miller’s second half numbers are skewed by at least four dropped passes, including one to a wide-open receiver in the third quarter that would have been a long touchdown pass.

Despite being more of a pocket passer Friday night, it was Miller’s legs that provided the backdrop for the play of the night in the second quarter.

With the ball at their own 36-yard-line, Miller took the snap and was chased immediately. He scrambled around and stopped just short of the line of scrimmage on the dead run and fired a 40-yard strike to Armani Miller, leading to a 45-yard gain and eventually a Warriors touchdown.

“They were coming hard from the backside and blitzing, so I just rolled out to my left and looked downfield,” Miller said. “I did (think about running) but my ankle said no so I let my arm do the work.”

One of the other impressive things about Miller at such an early stage in his career is his maturity to bounce back when a receiver drops an easy catch, as happened a few times Friday night.

Even though Miller is just a verbal commit right now, there is no worry that he will back out of that commitment and sign elsewhere on signing day, as he went out and got an Ohio State tattoo on his left bicep.

“I have always been committed to my team,” Miller said. “Right now I am committed to Ohio State.”

Once he is on campus and wearing the scarlet and gray. Fans will be just as committed to Miller as he is to the Buckeyes.

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Kipnis Working Out The Kinks In Akron

By Ryan Isley (Originally posted on 6/23/2010)

The top of the Cleveland Indians draft class of 2009 keeps making their way through the organization as second-round pick Jason Kipnis has been in Double-A Akron for the past two weeks, joining first-round pick Alex White.

Kipnis was drafted as an outfielder out of Arizona State but after playing at Short-Season Class-A Mahoning Valley following the draft, the Indians decided to move him to second base, a transition that has not been easy.

“It is a work in progress now still,” Kipnis said. “There are still some ground balls that scare the crap out of me, I am not going to lie about that and as soon as one gets hit hard at me I might have the yips or I might question it but I just have to keep my feet moving and stay down on the ball.”

So far this season Kipnis has committed 11 errors in 63 games between Class-A Kinston and Double-A Akron.

While his defense leaves much room for improvement, it is his offense that has Kipnis moving up the organizational ladder.

After hitting .306 with Short-Season Class-A Mahoning Valley last season, Kipnis started this year with Class-A Kinston, where hit .300 with six home runs and 31 runs batted in while playing in 54 games before being called up to Double-A Akron on June 10th.

“I came up here with the glass completely empty and ready to soak up a lot of stuff,” Kipnis said. “There are a lot of guys who can teach you a bunch of things.”

Through his first 11 games for the Aeros, Kipnis is hitting .333 with three home runs and seven runs batted in and started his stint in Double-A with an eight-game hitting streak.

“I am just kind of riding the wave right now,” Kipnis said. “It’s really just been putting my head down and playing. I have been fortunate enough to come on a hot streak.”

Kipnis had to adjust quickly from playing in college to playing in the pros and the biggest adjustment is going from using a metal bat to a wooden one which changes the way pitchers work.

“What I have really concentrated on this year is being fastball efficient,” Kipnis said. “Up here, it’s a smaller strike zone so they are going to try to get ahead with fastballs. You are not going to see your college metal bat curveballs and changeups galore which is all they throw (in college).”

While transitioning through the minors may be tough, it is not unlike the one Kipnis faced in college.

After playing one season at the University of Kentucky, Kipnis transferred to Arizona State to play for head coach Pat Murphy, whom Kipnis calls a big influence on his baseball career.

“Coming from Kentucky, I was still very immature as a person, as a baseball player, everything,” Kipnis said. “(Murphy) really kind of sat me down, taught me the ways about the game, just completely changed my outlook on how to go about the game, how to handle my business in life, how to handle my schoolwork,  handle everything.”

When the San Diego Padres made Kipnis their fourth-round selection in the 2008 draft, it was Murphy who gave him the advice he remembers to this day.

“He was like when you are ready to leave and you are ready to move to the next level you will know,” Kipnis said. “Whether it is college, high or low (Class)- A, Double-A, you will know when you are ready to go on.”

With those words ringing in his head, Kipnis knew what he had to do, returning to Arizona State for one more season, where he hit .384 with 16 home runs and 71 runs batted in for the Sun Devils en route to becoming the Pac-10 player of the year.

“It was a risk,” Kipnis admits. “I looked at my first year at ASU and I looked at how much I matured over that season in just one full season with them and what another year with (Murphy) could do for me. I sat down and thought about it and I still had a lot to learn so I wasn’t ready to move up yet so I gave it a shot and got lucky with it.”

It was during that final season at Arizona State that Kipnis and faced White in the College World Series, a game that White pitched for North Carolina but Arizona State won 6-2.

“We still jaw back and forth now and then,” Kipnis joked. “I got a hit off him in my first at-bat and that is all I needed was one. He struck me out later, so I will give him credit for that. He pitched lights out in Omaha but we were lucky enough to come up with the win in extra innings so I got that on him.”

With the two teammates having so much success so early, the obvious thing everyone wants to know is when Kipnis and White will be playing for the Indians.

“It is something you try not to think about too much,” Kipnis said. “You start to realize how far away you are but how close you are at the same time and the only way you can get there is by not thinking about it, by putting your head down and playing the game.”

As for White, Kipnis is impressed with what he has seen from his one-time foe turned teammate.

“(Alex) has pitched tremendously,” Kipnis said. “He might have had a bad outing but he has rebounded in the next one. It wouldn’t be too long I am sure before we’re going to see him (in Cleveland).”

With the rate Kipnis is going, it would not come as a surprise if he were on the move again soon as well.

He has been so good in his first two weeks with the Aeros that the only negative so far is that he did not win the team’s pool for last weekend’s U.S. Open.

“We drew (golfers) out of a hat,” Kipnis said. “I got Retief Goosen, (Nick) Watney and (Jason) Gore who I think all finished at like plus-14. It didn’t bode well for me.”

Thankfully for the Indians, they were more successful in pulling names in the beginning of the 2009 draft than Kipnis was for the U.S. Open.

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