What it's like to be a Cleveland Indians fan (age: late 20s):
You fondly remember the late '90s as the "good ol' days," even though the team never actually won a championship and lost in heartbreaking fashion in '95 and '97. (That loss in '97 is still one of the top five worst sports memories for me.)
You wonder why Jhonny Peralta is on any major league team. How is this even possible? He has to be one of the least motivated players ever who pouts when he doesn't get his way. Trade him now—for anything, prospects, cash, equipment, anything!
You watch as they come out slow every April. What are they doing in spring training? This year the team's record in the first month was 8-14, with the lowest winning percentage since 2003 (7-19 in the opening month). Are they doing everything possible for Eric Wedge to end on a disappointing note?
And, speaking of Wedge...the man with a thousand facial tics, who displays no real emotion. I do like the fact that he'll call out certain players (Peralta), but other than that, how is his job so safe? Maybe Mark Shapiro realizes they haven't exactly given their manager the best staff. Who knows...
You watch as your team consistently makes questionable decisions. Why would you call up Matt LaPorta then sit him for three weeks? Where's Michael Brantley?
You watch as your team trades away two Cy Young winners away for prospects in two consecutive years. I understand it's a business decision and I know the Indians' front office has to know more about these prospects than I do, but it still sucks. It's hard to support a team that consistently trades its best players year after year.
(I wrote this on my blog before Martinez was traded. That was what completely killed me. Martinez is a fan favorite, made his MLB debut with the organization in '02, said he wants to retire an Indian, is involved in local charities, and hits .298. I didn't want to see him go.)
You listen to Shapiro say he hopes fans look back in "two, three years" on this trade as being the right decision. Two, three years? I don't want to wait three years. It's not like they're in contention every year...maybe Shapiro's forgetting that the team has only been in the playoffs once in the past seven years.
You make plans to see the Indians face Detroit, learn of the trade, cancel those plans. My dad and I were planning on going to a game last weekend as a belated birthday present for him. He asked for money instead.
I've been so bitter about the Tribe for the past few months. This was posted on my personal blog (andreacole.blogspot.com) in two separate parts. You also can follow me on Twitter at twitter.com/AndreaCole.