Boston and Cleveland: The Tale Of Two Different Baseball Cities

Kelly RosemondContributor IAugust 3, 2009

NEW YORK - APRIL 18:  Victor Martinez #41 of the Cleveland Indians runs the bases against the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium on April 18, 2009 in the Bronx borough of New York City.  (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)

Over the weekend, Victor Martinez made his debut for the Boston Red Sox. I was glad the Sox acquired a good average that has consistently hit for power, and he is a potential replacement for Jason Varitek next year.

I know how it feels to get the All-Star before the deadline, but how does it feel to get prospects and just hope it works out?

The only low point I have had as a Red Sox fan was when we didn’t make it into the playoffs in 2002, and the heartbreak in Game 7 of the ALCS in 2003. After that, I have had a lot of fond memories of the Red Sox that I know now.

How would I feel if I were an Indians fan right now? Pretty bad. It was only two years ago that they were up 3-1 in the ALCS against the Red Sox and looking to get back into the World Series. After that, the Indians could do nothing right and the Red Sox could do no wrong.

That wasn’t the first time that has happened either. There have always been those 1990s teams that always got there but lost to the Braves and Marlins.

I have a lot of friends who are mad that the Indians let go of both Martinez and Cliff Lee. I know that because of Indians fans that are at the college I go to. My school is 20 minutes outside of Cleveland in the heart of Indians, Browns, and Cavs country.

It sucks to see them go through a rough patch like this, especially after the way the Cavs lost in the Eastern Conference Finals. I was really hoping they won after my Celtics were eliminated. Cleveland needed it; as a matter of fact, they deserve it.

I know I wouldn’t want to lose a Josh Beckett or a Dustin Pedroia to some other team if we were rebuilding.

To be an Indians fan right now would be a struggle because everyone would be asking for Shaprio’s head right now, and they aren’t showing a good enough product that would attract fans to the ball park.

Cleveland isn’t going to contend for another five years, while the Red Sox look to contend for the next three-to-five-year window we have.

Cleveland, here is to hoping those trades you made make for a World Series run in next decade.