2011 Cleveland Indians Preview: 5 Reasons for Fans To Believe

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2011 Cleveland Indians Preview: 5 Reasons for Fans To Believe
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Is the Indians cup half-empty or half-full?

In the rotation, they have (blank) and who else?

Where is Sizemore playing?

How long will Hafner be on the DL this season?

All of these questions have been asked in one form or another this offseason. That’s not what makes them interesting.

What makes them interesting is that they were actual questions raised on veteranpresence.com in the spring of 2007. Tribe fans everywhere remember that 2007 was the last year the Indians were relevant, and that was coming off a 78-84 campaign.

Yes, this was a different team in a different year. But there are parallels. Cliff Lee was not yet Cliff Lee. Who’s on third was a common refrain. In short, the expectations were low…and it turned out the Indians, and the rest of the division, weren’t who the experts thought they were.

Could it happen again? Here are five reasons why you can argue that stranger things have happened.

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