Most Indians fans would rather not remember last season.
Our best player, Grady Sizemore, suffered another season-ending injury.
Our top prospect, Carlos Santana, had his season shortened by a Ryan Kalish slide.
Our best pitchers in seasons past, C.C. Sabathia and Cliff Lee, once again led their teams to the playoffs while the Indians skidded to another fourth-place finish.
All in all, 2010 was a year to forget.
But being a Tribe fan has often meant taking pleasure in the trees, even when the forest is burning down around us. When Manny Ramirez hit his final home run as an Indian, I rejoiced even though the Mariners eliminated us from the playoffs the very same day.
Here, then, are the top nine hitting performances by Indians in 2010.
Shin-Soo Choo homers twice against the Reds
Choo homered twice—a solo HR in the first inning and a three-run shot in the 5th—off Bronson Arroyo to lead the Indians to a 5-3 victory over the Reds.
A deep fly ball to right in Choo's last at-bat provided a glimpse of things to come.
Kearns clubs the Angels
Ahh, remember the heady days of spring, when Kearns had recaptured the magic of his rookie season, Asdrubal Cabrera and Sizemore were atop the batting order and the Indians were not yet mathematically eliminated?
At the end of the next night, Kearns was hitting .383/.431/.660, his high-water mark in 2010. For the rest of the season, he hit just .247/.341/.360.
And now he's back for 2011. Yay.
Jason Donald's four hits and a walk paced the Indians.
Best remembered for being the 27th out of Armando Galarraga's would-be perfect game, Donald had the best day of his young career against the Rangers, going 4-for-4 with two doubles, two stolen bases and a walk.
Despite Donald's five times on base, the Indians could only plate him once.
Once was enough, as the Tribe rolled 9-3.
Carlos Santana's future depends on the health of his knee
In just his second game, the supernatural Santana got his first two big league hits, a two-run double in the second inning and a leadoff HR in the fifth, off former Tribe farmhand J.D. Martin in the Indians' 7-1 victory.
The next night, Santana singled and walked against The Best Pitching Prospect Ever, Stephen Strasburg.
Shelley Duncan's bloodlines extend back to the '70s Tribe
Shelley Duncan, the son of former Indians catcher Dave Duncan, homered twice and singled off the Angels' Scott Kazmir.
Kazmir, whose fastball routinely clocked in the upper 90s when he first broke into the league, served up mostly "hitting-speed" fastballs of 90-91 mph to the Indians.
Duncan homered on one of these fastballs, and also on a 78-mph changeup.
Pronk rebounded in the second half of 2010
With games like this one, Pronk rekindled hopes that he can return to the form that made him one of the most dangerous hitters in the AL.
Hafner hit .329/.409/.523 in the second half, yet played in only 44 games and made only 176 plate appearances.
For one day at least, he was the Pronk of old, hitting three doubles (including two off lefty Mark Buehrle) and going 4-for-5.
Hafner's efforts were wasted, however, as the White Sox clubbed Rafael Perez for four runs in the 11th to win, 10-6.
Jhonny Peralta's big days were few and far between in 2010
Shin-Soo Choo kept the Indians offense on track
Choo topped the Indians in nearly every offensive category in 2010; aptly, then, two of his performances top this list as well.
In this Sunday contest, Choo singled home Cabrera in the first inning, chased Gavin Floyd with a grand slam in the second, then added a walk for good measure.
Shin-Soo Choo's three-HR game was 2010's best
Late in the season, with the Indians in a pitching battle with the Royals for last place in the Central, Choo homered in three of his last four at-bats—off three different pitchers.
(This being the Royals, none of them were major league caliber, of course.)
Choo's four-hit, three-run, seven-RBI game wins the prize for the best hitting performance of 2010.