Cleveland, despite all of my personal efforts is a Browns town. It always has been and it always will be. A lot of people forget that the late 90’s success of the Cleveland Indians was during a time when the Browns did not have a team in Cleveland. It was also a time when the Cavaliers barley had a pulse in this city or the NBA for that matter. I have loved baseball all of my life and when the Indians were really popular in the late 90’s I was between 9 and 14 years old. The late 90’s shaped my love of the Indians forever. Now, don’t get me wrong, I am a Browns fan, but if you asked me what I wanted more between a World Series and a Super Bowl, it wouldn’t even be close.
There is something magical about playoff baseball, especially in Jacobs Field. I know what you are going to say, “It’s called Progressive Field.” I don’t care that Progressive paid 2 million dollars for naming rights. I call it the Jake and I won’t ever stop. There is something about the Indians of the 90’s that has penetrated my soul, which has caused me to never stop believing in the Indians. I’m sure most of the city has already given up on the Tribe and come July all this city will care about is a rookie QB who has done nothing to prove himself in the NFL. However, I will be attending Indians games in September, and I will never say the Indians are out of it. Not until the standings say “Mathematically Eliminated”.
The best part about being a never say die Indians fan is that this season’s team is actually very good and in all reality, this season is just getting started. Today is June 2, 2014 and the Indians are 27-30. They are 6 games behind Detroit in the Central Division. For all of the “debby downers” out there, on June 17, 2013 the Indians were 34-35 and they had just come out of a 4-10horrible stretch of baseball, being swept back to back by the Yankess and Tigers. I have the records listed below for a reference: (http://cleveland.indians.mlb.com/schedule/sortable.jsp?c_id=cle&year=2013)
|Sat, 6/1||VS. Rays||W 5-0||30-25|
|Mon, 6/17||VS. Royals||L 1-2||34-35|
At 34-35, coming off of a horrible stretch, the 2013 Indians rallied and made the playoffs. The season is never over, especially before the All-Star Break. I also think the 2014 Indians are better than the 2013 Indians. David Murphy is an upgrade over Drew Stubbs, Kluber is pitching like and Ace, and Lonnie Chisenhall has risen from the ashes of being a giant bust. As long as BrOhio (Swisher) and Santana come off the DL and produce, this team can cause some damage.
The Indians have just come off a sweep of the Rockies and they will continue their home stand against the Red Sox. The Indians have a major league best record at home of 18-11. If the Tribe can take 2 out of 3 from the Sox, this team would have good momentum heading into a tough road trip. They have 4 @ Texas, 2 @ Kansas City and 4 @ Boston.
Just remember, in baseball it is never over and this team is too good to not make a magical run.
Written By Rick Giavonette
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