I’ve been a die hard Indians fan since I was 4 years old and attended my first Indians game on July 18th, 1995 when Albert Belle hit a grand slam off Lee Smith. I grew up only knowing the Indians because the Browns left and the Cavs were in the Pre-LeBron era. I grew up only knowing the Indians and having a Championship contending team. I would consider myself one of the rare Cleveland fans who would prefer an Indians World Series over a Browns Super Bowl.
I guess that’s what has made me so critical of the way you manage this team. Understand, I want nothing more than to see my Indians in the playoffs fighting for a World Series Championship every year. Last year, I saw a team that had what seemed to be a lost identity with a few good players like Brantley, Kluber, Salazar, Carrasco and Kipnis and a potential young star like Fransisco Lindor, but the direction of the team seemed foggy.
From the moment this team really started to emerge as the AL Central frontrunner during their 14 game winning streak, you got them prepared for this moment to finally take back the AL Central crown for the first time since 2007 and last night, we finally got there. It took magical moments and comebacks along with strength and overcoming adversity to get this team to where they are today and for that Terry Francona, I’m man enough to admit I was wrong and…I’M SORRY.
Congratulations to the team and hopefully this is only the first step on one October Cleveland will not forget for a long, long time.
Your Biggest Critic
Alex Hale, @ThatCLESportGuy
PS- Don’t think this doesn’t change me being critical of you in the future, Tito. But I gotta think you wouldn’t want to have it any other way…congrats Coach.