There is truly something special happening on the corner of Carnagie and Ontario in Cleveland, and I promise you we have only seen the beginning. As myself and twenty-thousand others waited out the 90-minute rain delay last night at Progressive Field, there was electricity in the air, and it wasn't from the lightning flashes that struck about an hour before the game finally began.
I think most of us would have waited all night to see the Indians attempt their record-breaking 14th consecutive home win, and we almost did.
Last night, this new era of Indians, which you can read about here, accomplished something that the historic teams in the 90's never could by winning their 14th consecutive game at home. It may not have happened in front of a sold out crowd, but I guarantee that the players could feel the energy of those who did stay to witness this historic game.
When I wrote about this team during the first week of the season, I understand why fans would have questioned my optimism. Nobody could have seen this coming.
The Indians aren't just playing great at home, they also currently own the MLB's best record at 23-11. Are they really the best team in baseball? While this still remains to be seen, the Tribe are surely playing like it, and the organization, from top to bottom, believe it.
Just ask Jim Bowden of ESPN.com, he spoke to Chris Antonetti before the season in Spring Training and this is what the rookie GM had to say:
Do you believe that the Indians will make the playoffs in 2011?
"To contend we need the following to happen: (1) We need our key players to get healthy, specifically Grady Sizemore, Carlos Santana, Asdrubal Cabrera and Travis Hafner; (2) We need our other young players on the roster to continue their development with meaningful contributions on the field. This list of players includes Justin Masterson, Carlos Carrasco, Josh Tomlin, Chris Perez, Michael Brantley, Matt LaPorta and our young bullpen arms; (3) We need our veterans to contribute and provide leadership on the field and in the clubhouse, including Orlando Cabrera, Sizemore and Hafner."
Antonetti didn't do anything flashy over the offseason and many criticized him for it. His formula for winning is impressive and he is proving why many around the league consider him the brightest up and coming GM in all of baseball.
If you haven't already, it's time to jump on the Tribe bandwagon folks. The magic is back at Progressive Field and we have only seen just the beginning. As Terry Pluto noted in his article on Monday, the temperature is starting to rise here in more ways than one.
So just like Mr. Pluto did, I will ask the question, are you in the Tribe?