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Tough Even For Me

August 7, 2012 - Al Stephenson
Watching the Cleveland Indians the last couple of weeks has been tough. Yes I know that with the exception of the mid 90's, watching the Tribe has been difficult my entire life. The last two weeks have been as bad as any time in my life long love affair with the Indians.

After winning two of three against the Tigers in Cleveland that included beating Justin Verlander, the Tribe embarked on a road trip that would be filled with promise. They would visit the lowly Minnesota Twins and then go to possibly lower Kansas City. This would be the chance to get right back into the Central Division race before heading to Detroit to play the Tigers again. With the success the Indians have enjoyed against the Motown Kitties this year, hopes were high.

Then came the road trip from hell and our hopes were dashed. We can only go back to the phrase that Cubbie fans have made famous - "wait til next year!"

The Indians had some issues heading into the season. After a strong start last year, they faded and the roster for 2012 was much the same. Too many left handed hitters, some questionable starting pitching, and defensive weaknesses had loyal Tribe fans wary. Again they started strong, getting good pitching and timely hitting to remain near the top of what appeared to be a shaky Central Division.

There were times though that we made no name pitchers look like Cy Young and watched as hitters near the Mendoza Line evoked memories of Babe Ruth. We lost some games very badly, but hope remained until the most recent road trip.

How can a team look so bad all of a sudden? I wish I knew. Minnesota clobbered us and Kansas City did likewise. Detroit took our measure and with the bizarre ending to game three of that series making us shudder (All Star closer Chris Perez surrendered five runs with two outs and nobody on base to lose the game 10-8 in ten innings), our only hope was to get home to see if we could turn it around.

Alas, last night those mighty Twins came calling. They scored a touchdown and field goal in one inning, totalling two touchdowns overall in a 14-3 drubbing that has all Indian fans at wits end. The phrase "there's always tomorrow" simply means how bad will we get waxed then.

The view from my seat suggests that I was expecting some more losses as the season wore on because I didn't think we were that good to begin with. I wasn't expecting us to be THIS bad though.

I'll never root for any other team, but guys you have to perform better than this to keep me admitting that I am indeed a Cleveland Indians fan!


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