Musings of a fanatic

I've always been very critical of the Dolan family and the manner in which they've succeeded in alienating what was once a sizable Indians fan base, due to their apparent complete lack of urgency in building a winner. I know some folks who have vowed not to follow the Indians until the Dolans sell the team, and while they are in – hopefully – the minority, it still aggravates me that the owners even let it reach this point.

That being said, the Indians have also quietly assembled perhaps the best starting pitching rotation in the American League, if not all of baseball. Assuming they all stay relatively healthy, the Indians boast at least seven starters who are on the upside of their careers, so they should be able to withstand a couple of injuries or bad years if anyone falters. Add to that a healthy Yan Gomes, who is a huge key to the success of the team, along with Francisco Lindor, who may be the best shortstop in the American League already. Add to that new acquisitions Mike Napoli and Rajai Davis, and the offense will be much better than last year. 

What has plagued the Indians attendance-wise the last three years are poor starts. The Indians are currently a "show me first" town, and they will have to start the season strong if ownership wants to see a surge in ticket sales.

It's taken forever to get to this point it seems, but I am going to give the Dolans their due. The Tribe appears poised to make a serious run at a championship over the next several years, as things stand now. This town could use some legitimate baseball excitement (or at least I could).

Changing sports, can someone explain the "air of forgiveness" that suddenly surrounds the anticipated return of Josh Gordon to the Browns? I mean, the Browns only recently made it clear they wanted nothing more to do with Johnny Manziel – which was long overdue, in my opinion – but now many fans are embracing the gifted receiver in exactly the same manner they did with Johnny Football.

Granted, there's a big difference between Manziel and Gordon in that Gordon established himself as an excellent talent in the NFL and Johnny, well, not so much. But off the field, Gordon has also established himself as every bit the idiot that Manziel was. People apparently forget the last time Gordon was reinstated, when it looked like the last thing Gordon wanted to do was play football for the Browns again. He ran wrong routes, didn't hustle, and made the team look foolish for supporting him. Yet, for some inexplicable reason, Cleveland views this guy as Alexander the Great.

Many think that if Gordon gets popped again for anything drug-related, he could be done for good in the NFL. Maybe that's why everyone assumes Gordon will be on the straight and narrow this time around.

Funny, but I recall that same logic being applied to Johnny Manziel, too. Remind me how that worked out...

Jeff Bing

Lifelong Westlake resident who dabbles in writing whenever the real world permits. My forte is humor and horror...What a combo!

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Volume 8, Issue 5, Posted 9:33 AM, 03.01.2016