All offseason long, Tribe fans heard about that team up north.
Last year the Detroit Tigers were not only the reigning American League Central Division Champions, but won the AL Pennant for the second time in the last seven years. Although they were swept by the San Francisco Giants in the World Series, Detroit has continued to be one of the best teams in the league, averaging 92 wins over the last two seasons.
Just last year, they had a 17-game winner in Justin Verlander, a Triple Crown winner in Miguel Cabrera, and a payroll over $130 million.
Things looked very different 90 miles south across Lake Erie last September for the Indians. The team was coming off yet another dismal season, losing 90+ games for the third time in the last four years, leaving fans still pondering the question, what if?
Cleveland was also left at season’s end without a first baseman, left fielder, designated hitter and most importantly, a manager.
Then, a sign of hope came to the Indians and the newly crow...