Hot Tribe has survived injuries and legal problems.
The Cleveland Indians are like a
hard-tagged fighter who keeps pulling himself off the canvas with a look of
determination on his bruised and bloody face. This squad has endured injuries,
a tire-fire bullpen, a closer who allegedly gets his weed delivered to him via
post, and a 4-16 stretch that put it 5 1-2 games back of first place at the
beginning of June.
And yet, the Tribe is entering the All-Star break with a 51-44 record, just a game-and-a half back of the Central
Division-leading Detroit Tigers. You could call this 2013 club Team Bounceback.
Go ahead, do it. It feels rather good.
This resilience, above all, has
been the nicest surprise of the season. Fans have been all too used to poor
stretches from this team turning into landslides that bury any hope of
post-season contention. Fair or not, people have stayed away from Progressive
Field due to the Tribe's propensity for falling off the cl...