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Lee Needs To Forget Squabble And Pitch

Seeing Indians players publicly squabble, which was the case Saturday night when pitcher Cliff Lee and catcher Victor Martinez exchanged some nasty words and stares during a game in Texas, is as common as a Duane Kuiper homer. In other words, it almost never happens. For those too young to remember, `Captain Kuip' hit a grand total of one home run during his eight years (1974-81) with the Tribe.

While we all seem to enjoy the good-guy image the Indians portray, you have to realize that in the locker room there are 25 well-paid professional baseball players, all of whom with some sort of ego who are forced to live together for more than seven months. From the start of spring training in mid to late February until the start of October, they spend far more time with each other than they...