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skyisfalling
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posted July 05, 2000 03:02 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for skyisfalling   Click Here to Email skyisfalling     Edit/Delete Message
Couldn't discuss the Indians on the Minnesota Twins board. Even though it's more of a Kansas City Royals love in. KC is third, Cleveland 2nd, Chicago 1st. We don't have a deep rivalry against KC, they used to be in the West and we were always at the bottom of the East. The Twins suck so maybe I can encourage those Royalfans to join me here and talk CLEVELAND INDIAN BASEBALL!

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Royalfan_213
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posted July 05, 2000 05:17 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Royalfan_213   Click Here to Email Royalfan_213     Edit/Delete Message
Sure, I'll talk here. The race for 2nd between KC and Cleveland will be better than the race for 1st. Chicago has been really tough lately and if we don't make a dent by August - I'll be ready to concede. But not against Cleveland! Come on, let's go!

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Royalfan_213
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posted July 05, 2000 10:24 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Royalfan_213   Click Here to Email Royalfan_213     Edit/Delete Message
Fuck the White Sox! Fuck the White Sox! Final in 13 innings - White Sox 6 - Royals 3. Royals 11 games back from first. First the White Sox!

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KilgoreTrout
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posted February 06, 2001 08:42 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for KilgoreTrout   Click Here to Email KilgoreTrout     Edit/Delete Message
I live in New Hampshire but grew up in the Cleveland area and am really looking forward to baseball season this year. Maybe because this winter has been so rotten with about fifty of snow and bitter cold. Baseball sounds like such a warm sport. Even though the Indians didn't get A-Rod, they'll be a major force this year.

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Royalfan_131
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posted June 19, 2001 03:01 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Royalfan_131   Click Here to Email Royalfan_131     Edit/Delete Message
Anybody think Juan Gonzalez will be an Indian after the 2001 season?

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indiedan
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posted August 07, 2001 11:41 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for indiedan   Click Here to Email indiedan     Edit/Delete Message
They're playing good ball. I'll give them a topic bump until skyisfalling gets back here.

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skyisfalling
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posted October 11, 2001 05:02 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for skyisfalling   Click Here to Email skyisfalling     Edit/Delete Message
I'm not worried. We'll be back. Seattle is goign down.

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fred
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posted October 11, 2001 05:11 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for fred   Click Here to Email fred     Edit/Delete Message
Not gonna happen sky, too bad for you.

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skyisfalling
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posted July 01, 2002 04:31 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for skyisfalling   Click Here to Email skyisfalling     Edit/Delete Message
Jim Thome deserves to go to the All-Star game! What does it take?

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skyisfalling
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posted July 15, 2002 09:52 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for skyisfalling   Click Here to Email skyisfalling     Edit/Delete Message
God, you had to love that 9th inning comeback by my Indians. The owners have made some dumb ass decisions lately... but you had to love Rivera going down.

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skyisfalling
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posted December 21, 2002 05:38 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for skyisfalling   Click Here to Email skyisfalling     Edit/Delete Message
What great progress we've made this off-season. We'll go from a decent team to a team that may lose 100 games. Great job!

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posted August 04, 2005 01:35 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for a   Click Here to Email a     Edit/Delete Message
I thought they had no hope, but they're coming on strong and are in a decent position for a wild card run.

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fred
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posted September 27, 2005 05:04 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for fred   Click Here to Email fred     Edit/Delete Message
Heartbroken Cleveland believing in Indians
Tribe on verge of staging biggest comeback in major league history

The Associated Press

CLEVELAND - Across Heartbreak City, they’re beginning to believe this October could be different.

In the unofficial sports capital of failure and frustration for more than 40 years, there are even Indians fans daring to dream.

“Hey, it happened for the Boston Red Sox,” Adam Prevost of Brooklyn, Ohio, said while waiting in line at Jacobs Field to buy tickets for potential playoff games. “Why not us?”

Why not, Cleveland.

The Indians, overlooked as a World Series threat until recently and largely unloved by their own fans most of this season, are a few wins away from making the AL playoffs for the first time since 2001.

And with a little luck, they might even pull off one of the greatest comebacks in baseball history.

The Indians, who haven’t won a World Series title since 1948, are already the wild card in a wild-card race going down to the wire.

“We’re in a great position,” third baseman Aaron Boone said after Cleveland’s 5-4 loss at Kansas City on Sunday, just the Indians’ third loss in 20 games. “We’ve put ourselves in good position.”

It hasn’t always been that way.

On Aug. 1, the Indians were 15 games out of first in the Central Division, a seemingly insurmountable deficit so late in the season. But by going a major league-best 38-13 since July 31 and 18-5 in September, they’ve trimmed Chicago’s lead to 2½ games entering the final week of the regular season.

Cleveland also leads the AL wild card by one-half game over the Red Sox and New York Yankees.

With six games left, including a three-game, season-ending showdown series at home against Chicago next weekend, the Indians have a chance to push a season that began with guarded optimism into October.

According to the Elias Sports Bureau, if they surpass Chicago, the Indians will match the 1914 Boston Braves for baseball’s biggest rally.

“Nobody gave this team a chance,” said Amber Eakin, one of 500 fans on line outside the Jake when the team put tickets on sale for playoff games that might not take place. “They’ve had to fight for everything they’ve gotten.”

Even the respect of their fans.

Cleveland fans haven’t flocked to the Jake as they did while selling out 455 consecutive games from 1995 to 2001 when the club averaged 3.2 million fans per season. Although the Indians boast baseball’s most balanced lineup, best bullpen, deepest starting rotation and have been in the postseason hunt for weeks, they rank No. 25 among 29 major league teams in attendance.

The Indians will draw fewer than 2 million fans — half the Yankees’ record-setting total.

“This whole town is full of skeptics,” fan Phil Cumming of Cleveland said, straightening the bill of his replica 1975 Indians cap. “I’ve come to 30 games this year, the stadium is half full, and I’m like, ‘Where is everyone?”’


Selling these Indians has been especially tough for the club’s front office. Cleveland, one of the nation’s poorest cities, is hurting because of a sluggish economy, unemployment and soaring fuel prices.

For many fans, a family trip to the ballpark is a luxury they can’t afford.

“I’ve got two kids and I usually bring my grandmother and wife,” said Joe Jarabeck, a laid off Cleveland firefighter. “That’s expensive. It’s more important to fill up my two cars with gas than get to a ballgame.”

Another reason for fan apathy can be traced to the city’s cursed sports history. No city has suffered a longer championship dry spell than Cleveland, which hasn’t celebrated being the best since 1964 when the Browns beat the Baltimore Colts 27-0 for the NFL title.

Since then, there have been a few close calls as the Indians lost twice in the World Series, the Browns dropped three AFC title games in four years to John Elway-led Denver teams and the Cavaliers’ best seasons were sunk by Michael Jordan.

“The Drive. The Fumble. The Shot,” Prevost said, rattling off the nicknames of Cleveland’s darkest pro sports moments. “In this town, everyone always has the feeling that the other shoe is about to drop.”

Or, in the case of Sunday’s loss at Kansas City, a harmless fly ball.

When Indians center fielder Grady Sizemore lost a fly ball in the sun, allowing the Royals to score the winning run in the ninth inning, scores of Cleveland fans undoubtedly viewed it as a fatal sign of things to come.

Still, there are believers such as Cedric Wilson, who was first in line last Saturday when the Indians sold out Games 1 and 2 of a possible Division Series against an unknown opponent in two hours.

“Cleveland fans have suffered so much heartbreak that they aren’t ready to be hurt again,” said Wilson, a bird feather behind his right ear serving as a mini-Indians headdress. “But they gotta believe. It’s hard, but it’s time to let go.”

Nancy Hogan never lost faith in the Indians or manager Eric Wedge. She always believed this October would include baseball.

And as the grandmother of 14 shopped for bargains at one of the Indians’ suburban team shops last week, she summed up the feelings of Cleveland fans everywhere.

“I just hope the Indians can win it before I croak,” she said.

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