Cleveland home of the Indians

Northeast Ohio’s oldest sports tradition

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Welcome to Cleveland, everyone, home of Major League Baseball’s Cleveland Indians. Since students at Case Western Reserve University come from far and wide, the wonder of the Indians is not common knowledge. We are here to make it common knowledge.

The Cleveland Indians have been a part of the city of Cleveland for over a century. Hall of Famers have littered the ranks of the team they call the “Tribe.” From one of the hardest throwing pitchers of all time, “Rapid Robert” Bob Feller, to the first African American to play in the American League, outfielder Larry Doby, the Indians have a storied history.

In the more recent past, they have been full of stars, from 500 home run club members Jim Thome and Manny Ramirez, to Hall of Fame second baseman Roberto Alomar, to the man who is now slightly larger than a small house before he was slightly larger than a small house, Bartolo Colon.

Throw in speedy center fielders like Kenny Lofton and Grady Sizemore, to the aptly named designated hitter “Pronk” (Project Donkey) Travis Hafner, the Indians have had their fair share of superstars.

However, for the Tribe, the past few years have struggled to stick with their storied history, a history that includes World Series titles in 1920 and 1948, along with three more recent appearances. After making the playoffs in 2013 as a wild card team, the last few years have been a struggle. Promise at the start of the year turns to disappointment as the team continues into the dog days of summer.

However, there is a lot to like about the current iteration of this ballclub. Progressive Field, their home, is a beautiful ballpark that runs lot of promotions; they are especially fond of Dollar Dog Night, where you can get a hot dog for a dollar… the average college student will gladly take that deal.

While the team is all but mathematically eliminated from playoff contention this year, the future is bright. Their starting rotation contains last year’s American League Cy Young Award winner: the best pitcher in the league, Corey Kluber. They also have three young pitchers who strike out lots of batters in Danny Salazar, Carlos Carrasco and Trevor Bauer. Combine this with an All-Star second baseman in Jason Kipnis and an All-Star outfielder in Michael Brantley, and future Gold Glovers Giovanny Urshela at third base and Francisco Lindor at shortstop, and the Tribe is destined for greatness.

Progressive is definitely a place to visit to check out the stars of the future here in Cleveland. Over the next few years, there will definitely be some good teams to cheer on, and you will want to be a part of it.