One thing will be certain about the Cleveland Indians shortstop position with Asdrubal Cabrera sidelined: Mike Aviles will be ready.
Aviles is always ready.
He spends all his time preparing, watching, noticing, thinking -- smiling all the while. On an upbeat and close team, Aviles seems like the happiest player among them. Always smiling, always joking, always acting like hes the luckiest guy in the world.
You never know how long youre gonna have this jersey on, Aviles said Sunday before the Indians left on an extended road trip and before Cabrera strained a quad muscle in New York, so I figure you might as well enjoy it every single day.
Enjoy might be the understatement of the day. It sometimes seems like Aviles walks on air when hes in the clubhouse. Hes polite, friendly, honest -- but hell shut the door on the media with a smile as they walk in the room as fast as hell kid a teammate.
Upbeat hardly does him justice.
But theres an intensity to it, manager Terry Francona said.