Watch and Weep, Indians Fans

Jason Singer
Mar 23, 2010

It should make you sick.

The World Series begins tonight, and either of the Cleveland Indians' best pitchers — C.C. Sabathia or Cliff Lee — could win World Series MVP. Both are wrapping up legitimate Cy Young seasons. Both have a chance to earn their first championship ring.

The only problem? Both are former Indians pitchers.

           

Sabathia, who won the Cy Young in 2007, carried the Yankees to their first World Series appearance since 2003. Lee, who won the Cy Young in 2008, lifted the Phillies to their first-ever back-to-back National League penants.

Meanwhile the Indians are on some unnamed Island in the Carribean, wallowing in the sun and recovering from a dismal season in which they finished 32 games below-.500.

It should make you sick.

Cleveland is a big market. It's 16th largest media market in the nation, according to Nielsen Media Research. It's not New York, Boston or Los Angeles, but it's not Kansas City either (27th largest market). Yet perenially woeful Kansas City is who we finished tied with for last in the AL Central.

And Milwaukee, the 33rd largest market, is where traded C.C. Sabathia last season. You're telling me Cleveland can't hold onto players once they become superstars?

Look, there's no telling whether Michael Brantley, Matt LaPorta, Carlos Carrasco or Lou Marson  — the guys we got in return for C.C. and Cliff — will become franchise players. I doubt it, but it's possible.

But tonight's game reminds us what the Cleveland Indians could have been. If each one of these pitchers can carry a team to the World Series on their own, shouldn't have we, with both of them, have been able to accrue enough pieces for Cleveland to get to the World Series?

Instead, we're left with "What could have been?" or "What will be in 2012 or 2013?" instead of enjoying the present. Instead, we're one of the worst franchises in baseball.

It should you make you sick.

Comments

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You're absolutely right......the Indians owners do an injustice to the fans with the frugal management of the team payroll.  The fans have ALWAYS supported the Cleveland teams, as long as they are competitive.  Look at the long string of sellout crowds at Jacobs Field, back when the team was competitive and exciting.  You have to spend money to make money.

The owners of the Indians and the Browns should hang their heads in shame.