A baseball season is a marathon, not a sprint. Funny because that’s been told to me countless times through my youth, yet it’s my belief that it’ll never register with me. Simply put, I treat every game as if it’s a game seven. I don’t want to lose a single one. Because of this, I tend to make extremely early judgements on what’s going on with the Tribe. After watching one game, I’ve got a few.

Justin Masterson – Man, oh man did Indians ace Justin Masterson put on a show for us on opening night. He tossed seven strong innings only giving up three hits to A’s hitters. He also struck out four while only walking one batter. Masterson’s stuff was absolutely nasty. Truthfully, I believe the tall right hander is out to prove he’s worth the 17 million dollars a year he’s asking for in an extension. If the Indians don’t pay the man before the end of the season, he’ll be walking to a bigger market team. In my opinion, the front office has got to cough up the money. We’ve let too many valuable pitchers go in the past, and that’s got to change.

Michael Brantley – Left fielder Michael Brantley simply started where he left off last year. He was the only Indians hitter with multiple hits in the opener, both doubles. He continues smooth and poised at the plate in an amazing fashion. Brantley truly gets the job done and I would expect nothing less of him again this year!

David Murphy – Yep, I’m already picking on the new guy. David Murphy was acquired from the Texas Rangers to be our starting right fielder. After hitting a poor .220 last year, I definitely had my concerns. In his first three at bats, Murphy didn’t reach base and struck out twice. It looked as if he didn’t have a chance out there, thus, it didn’t take long for me to jump off the new bandwagon. However, he must have read some of my disapproving Tweets during the game as he came through with a big single in the 9th inning to help secure an Indians victory. Good job, David! I’ll try to be nice. I promise.

John Axford – It didn’t take long for our new closer to make us all nervous. John Axford, like any Cleveland closer really, did allow the tying run on base in the bottom of the 9th inning. Luckily, he was able to get out of the jam to slate the Indians with their first win of the season. Let’s try to keep the base runners to a minimum this year, John. The anxiety is truly starting to take years off my life.

Ok, so that’s all for now! I’m extremely excited for the team the Indians will be putting out on the field each night. If every player does their part, another postseason run is a no-brainer.

Roll Tribe!

-Zach Shafron

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