Where are all my Tribe friends going? They’re disappearing faster than Chris Perez’ career.
I’m a frequent poster in the Let’s Go Tribe game threads. As the gap between Detroit and the pretenders has grown gigantic, the drop in comments per game has gone from an average of somewhere around 700 to 30 per game. It’s more lonely than being Alex Rodriguez in the Yankee clubhouse. And yet I watch even more than I did a few weeks ago.
It’s hard for people to watch once other things get rolling such as the Browns. It’s really tough to watch when the race is over. And of course this one is done.
I just can’t give up on these guys though. The more guys who get injured and have their season ended prematurely the more I’m attached. I can’t turn away from those Fausto Carmona or Chris Perez outings that should make me want to cringe.
I love this team. I want people to stick with them and be there with me until Game 162 is over. It’s fun to get to see the random new guys in the squad, but not exactly on the field. I laugh at some of the lineups that get thrown out there by the Indians and the opponents. One of the worst ones I’ve ever seen was the Minnesota Twins starting nine from tonight. Yes, you should laugh when you see that group. Joe Benson wrecked us tonight. What?!
I’m still sitting here uptight all throughout the game because .500 matters to me. It really means little overall but I will see the standings every day for months until next April. I want more W’s than L’s. It’s a race to get to the end with that 81st victory. The Indians absolutely should not get there. But these days baseball is even harder to predict that usual. The lineups are makeshift every day. A new Indian starter is hitting the DL every series.
And I’m fortunate to be sitting here cheering on my team in this mind game battle with myself chasing after this empty dream of 81 wins. The team has won many games in ways that aren’t sustainable. Remember all those walk-off wins at the corner of Carnegie and Ontario? Yep, don’t think you can rely on that happening in 2012.
This team is so flawed going into 2012. Chris Perez could completely ruin a potential 115 win team if he plays next year like he did this. And the Indians have the potential for 90 at best. Is Fausto Carmona going to break free from his inconsistent ways? Is the sun going to rise tomorrow?
Asdrubal Cabrera, while I admire him for sticking it out in the every day lineup, really tailed off in the past few weeks. He had a great season but really wore down. Again, if we were in the race right now this would be a huge problem.
There are a heck of a lot of Indians players who are going to be really hungry in 2012. Isn’t it inevitable that an Indian will win 2012 Comeback Player of the Year? Put some money on that, we’ll have the most candidates.
Justin Masterson, the should be unanimous team MVP, needs some help.
Let’s Go Tribe!