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Cleveland Indians: 10 Things To Take Away From the Final Home Game of 2011
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Jim Thome's return to third base was a touching moment Sunday.

Despite losing to the Minnesota Twins Sunday in their final home game, the Cleveland Indians have plenty to be proud of in 2011.

Despite being a favorite preseason pick to finish in last place, the Tribe is guaranteed at least a share of second place in the AL Central and is one win from guaranteeing a non-losing season. 

If the Indians had started 15-30 and then raced to a .500 season, there would be much optimism in Cleveland. The fact that we started 30-15 then faded as the weather warmed up made a .500 this season hard to deal with.

Personally, I still take the big-picture look at things and say that we did better than we were supposed to this year and have a great base to build off of for 2012. But that's just me.

I was lucky enough to attend the game yesterday, along with the home opener (which I wrote a similar article for).

Being able to bookend the season was a privilege that gave the 2011 campaign some good perspective. But enough about me—let's move on to 10 things to take away from the home closer.  

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