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For Cleveland fans, something always goes wrong

For Cleveland fans, something always goes wrong
May 27, 2013
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The Cleveland Indians are in the midst of a four game losing streak and losers of six of their last seven. After a good start, things are falling apart, and it makes me wonder if once again Cleveland fans are being set up for disappointment.

For Clevelanders, something always goes wrong.

Earlier this year I was fortunate to return to Cleveland for the home opener this year.  The home opener is always accompanied by excitement and hope, regardless of how good or bad the team appears to be that year.

With the signing of Nick Swisher and Michael Bourn this year was particularly exciting and the crowd seemed more electric than usual.  Unfortunately, the excitement lasted about eight minutes, roughly the time it took for Travis Hafner (!) to belt a home run over the center-field wall.  Pronk gave the Tribe pitching staff fits all day, pacing the Yanks’ offensive 11-run outburst.

For Clevelanders, something always goes wrong.

I flew home that Tuesday after the opened and got to listen to the second game of the series.  The game started out with a lot of excitement. Carlos Carrasco was throwing bullets, reaching the high 90s with his fastball seemingly every other pitch.  Again, the Yanks clobbered the Indians.  Every time Carrasco recorded two outs, the offense erupted, scoring runs in bunches.  The Tribe offense could not get any groove going, and only pushed across one run.

For Clevelanders, something always goes wrong.

Thankfully, the Tribe got on a roll, and for the third season in a row roared ahead of the AL Central and seemed unstoppable in mid-May.  However, after losing six of seven - including a particularly terrible defeat against Boston on Sunday when Chris Perez surrendered a three run lead - the Tribe appears to be in a free fall.

Where have we seen this before?

The rotation has been okay, the offense has been inconsistent, and the once reliable bullpen has fallen hard.  Chris Perez is now on the disabled list, Vinnie Pestano has been dreadful since coming back off the disabled list, and despite enormous depth has struggled to find replacements, particularly in left-handed relief.

For Clevelanders, something always goes wrong.

We are Cleveland fans, and we have all lived through this before, especially in the past eight years.

In 2005 when we only needed one win against the moribund Tampa Bay Devil Rays to clinch the wildcard, the Indians failed.  In 2007 when Joel Skinner stopped Kenny Lofton when he easily would have scored the game tying run only to see Casey Blake promptly grounded into a double play.

In 2008 when aside from Cliff Lee the team looked lifeless all season and traded Cy Young winner CC Sabathia to the Brewers.  In 2009, the team struggled once again and went through the motions and traded the reigning Cy Young winner for the second year in a row as well as Victor Martinez.

Then there was the August of 2012 when the Tribe’s season completely fell apart with the worst month in franchise history.

For Clevelanders, something always goes wrong.

The past two seasons the Tribe got out to a roaring start and leading the Cleveland faithful into believing they were contenders.  Earlier in the year many pundits faulted fans for ignoring a team which many felt was prepared to contend.  Perhaps the excitement went to our heads.

It is still ridiculously early, the team definitely has talent and in the weak AL Central, who knows?  However, I just cannot get past the feeling that, for Clevelanders, something always goes wrong.

User Comments

May 28, 2013 - 12:30 AM EDT
Maybe it is the Clevelanders penance for not supporting the Indians and buying tickets to home baseball games the way they do in other cities? If the Indians had 30.009+ enthusiastic fans every game, then maybe the Indians could handle what goes wrong!

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