April 20, 2024

Hey, Cleveland!

Anyone else old enough to remember when this was the tune of the Tribe?

Well, I am and it sure brings back many memories of summer evenings on the porch with my dad, radio playing – watching fireflies blinking and listening to Herbie Score calling the Indians game from the old stadium. I get nostalgic thinking about it. Funny thing is, I don’t remember what the team’s standing was then, no clue who pitched, can’t even tell you who won most of those games.

My point is that sports unite us in unique ways that nothing else can. Anyone else hug and high-five complete strangers during the Cavs playoff run – or weep publicly when you were getting your last look at the old Cleveland stadium and again with joy when for the new one ? Did you join a party with a few thousand of your closest friends when the Tribe went to the World Series, then commiserate with anyone and everyone about Jose Mesa’s pitching? If so, then you know what I’m talking about here.

This is a great time to catch Indian Fever. The Tribe sits atop the American League Central Division and shows no signs of slowing down as we head towards July and the All-Star break. They have put together an impressive 11-game winning streak. That’s the longest in all of Major League Baseball right now and the longest winning streak for the Tribe since May 23 – June 4, 1982.

Need more than a stellar winning streak to convince you to watch? The Indians have a roster full of pennant-hungry players. A few names to keep in mind:

Francisco Lindor is a sure-handed shortstop who’s a serious threat at the plate. This guy got a thumbs up from Indians legend Omar Vizquel – talk about a stamp of approval.

Corey Kluber is the 2014 Cy Young award winning pitcher. He is settling into a pattern of getting in a little trouble early and pitching his way out. Someone has to keep it interesting.

Mike Napoli is the first baseman who has made his presence known at the plate. He is also the inspiration behind the “Party at Napoli’s” signs and hashtags.

Jose Ramirez is arguably the best hitter on the team – he plays left field and third base. His nickname is Angry Hamster – how do you not love that?

The Tribe has more great players and they need our support. Together they will not allow their next door neighbors to upstage them. (They are doing a little keeping up with the James’.)

It’s a new day in Cleveland. Cavaliers broke the curse and the Monsters ran it over with a Zamboni. Now it’s time for the Tribe to bury its remains in left field – then they can invite Chomps and the Browns players over to ‘Water’ it. Don’t miss this wonderful time to be a fan – catch a Tribe game soon. The memories will last a lifetime.

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