Some say that "play ball" is the greatest phrase in baseball.
While I would tend to agree, there is another phrase that carries equal greatness in the game.
It qualifies every statement that people tend to make when talking about their team at this point in the season.
And for Cleveland Indians fans, such as myself, we've been throwing the "If" word around a lot. Actually, a lot seems like a little. The word has been thrown around a whole heck of a lot more than you can imagine.
I've made no bones about my overall feeling for this beloved Cleveland fan base. I think sometimes as a whole, it can be very irrational and negative, especially when things aren't going well.
However it can also be very hopeful and I always find myself in the hopeful category, even when things aren't going so well. Right now, there is a lot of talk about a potentially bad season and that may very well be the reality.
Yet, with the second greatest qualifier in baseball, "Because we are in the AL Central," which Mark Shapiro has adopted as his mantra for the 2010 season, some of those "If" statements may produce a different reality.
Here are the top "if" statements for the Cleveland Indians 2010 season. I'm not saying that all of these will come true and the Indians will win the World Series or even make the playoffs. But if any of them come true, it would be a cause to celebrate.