They called it a farce. They called it cheating. They called it an injustice in minor league baseball.
But no matter how Erie fans and officials see it, it appears Jeremy Sowers will be pitching for the Aeros come Game Three of the Eastern League Southern Division Playoffs when the series shifts to Akron Friday.
After initially being blocked from sending the left-hander to Akron Wednesday, the parent-club Indians circumvented minor league rules by using a major league transaction to get Sowers on the roster.
I'll have a story in the Beacon tomorrow about Sowers and there is a real good in-depth story on the situation on milb.com by my good friend, Jonathan Mayo. So I won't bore you with all the details here.
Just know that after snubbing the Aeros practically all season in terms of the Indians brass not sending Kinston's top players to replace the ones the Aeros lost to Triple-A Buffalo, suddenly the Tribe is making up for lost time by sending the team the services of both the crafty Sowers and hard-throwing right-hander Adam Miller.
Even if they had to ruffle a few feathers to do it.