The Indians’ Fans Have Called it a Year
That’s right folks, the Browns have started playing football and in Cleveland that means it’s time to switch gears and get ready to watch the team that plays on the lake lose for a couple of months, and hopefully forget that the team that plays downtown ever took the field this season. The Indians have won exactly one game over the past two weeks, and the crowd last night at Progressive Field reflects the attitude of the city towards not only the ball club right now, but their ownership, and their very existence as just a hair over 13,000 people turned out to watch the Tribe go down to the Oakland A’s 3-0. The Indians managed just two hits off Brett Anderson as he and the A’s easily cruised to their 70th win of the season while handing the Tribe their 73rd loss.
The Indians also lost starting pitcher Roberto Hernandez in the third inning when the big right hander called Lou Marson out to the mound after throwing two pitches to Seth Smith. Hernandez had given up a double to Yoenis Cespedes, but felt something wasn’t right when he faced Smith and following a visit to the mound by Manny Acta and the umpiring crew, Hernandez headed for the training room and Chris Seddon came on in injury-relief. Hernandez reportedly suffered a sprained ankle which was hampering his ability to hit the strike zone and pitch comfortably, but anyone who has watched him pitch over the past four seasons is suspect as to whether this is a legitimate injury, or just another “setback” for a man who came within a few votes of the CY Young Award in 2007. With Hernandez likely out for the season, he joins teammates Grady Sizemore and Travis Hafner as a trio of players that the Indians fans hope to not have to see in an Indians uniform again after this season comes to a merciful end.
With all the big attendance drawers now gone, (the Yankees were the last “big name” team scheduled to visit the ball park this past weekend) the seats of Progressive Field are likely to remain empty for the final month of the season as the team slides further and further into the basement of the AL Central division. Whether or not the Tribe’s owners and front office will take this as a dire message from their once faithful fan base that they are tired of waiting for a reason to believe that anything in Cleveland will ever change remains to be seen; however, if the Indians do not go out this winter and cut ties with the past by letting guys like Sizemore, Hafner, Hernandez and Rafael Perez (who has not appeared in a game since April due to various injuries and set-backs) walk away and make an attempt to sign some big-league players via free agency or trade, the likelihood of the team finishing anywhere but last place in both the division and in attendance in 2013 is extremely remote.
By Robert Gonzalez