The Indians were dealt another blow of adversity yesterday in a season that has been full of it. The Indians are used to it and are completely unafraid of their bad fortune. They’ve thrived despite of the losses of Michael Brantley and Yan Gomes. Don’t expect them to wilt under the pressure of losing yet another key cog.
Paul Hoynes of the Plain Dealer apparently didn’t get the memo. Shortly after midnight Sunday morning, Hoynes had signaled the death knell to the Indians season.
Naturally, Hoynes knew exactly what he was doing. He got our attention. He certainly got the Indians’ attention, who were made all the more feisty following Cookie’s injury and a chippy 9-5 loss to the Tigers today.
Journalism used to be about reporting the facts first and the opinions second. Today, even the old guard of the old school tenants of journalism have to go to the “embrace debate” route; allowing the “hot takes” to be the meat of their point. Gone is the substance of the writer’s skill, only to be replaced by the eye-catching, borderline asinine screed that serving only to garner television ratings or site clicks.
And who can blame them? Renowned former writers Tony Kornheiser and Mike Wilbon have both carved carved out a lucrative second career having ditched their prose for attention-grabbing one-liners and quips and have spawned a seemingly infinite number of imitators and altogether cringe-worthy knockoffs. Being combative works. The new “journalism” is all about getting the consumer riled up.
Hoynes, who has had a less than stellar relationship with the players in recent years, went for it. He played his doom-and-gloom card, hoping to be prescient. Maybe he feels he’s “seen it all before.” We’ll never know except him.
Jason Kipnis, who is quite possibly the heart and soul of the team, minced no words.
Then don't bother showing up the rest of the way… Can write from home if you already know how this one plays out! https://t.co/RmjFCQeAcB
— Jason Kipnis (@TheJK_Kid) September 18, 2016
The Indians have been written off numerous times and they have fought back every time. Now is no different. The doubters are just a lot closer to home now.