The Indians have left their fans with a bitter taste in their mouth after the past few seasons. But as an Indians fan, there is still much to be thankful for this holiday season. Let’s compile a list…
1. Progressive Field – While it’s mostly empty these days, it’s still one of the best ballparks in the country. And while I’d much rather enjoy a game in a packed house, I have enjoyed the ability to walk up to the gates 10 minutes before the first pitch a purchase a ticket just about anywhere in the park. We’re lucky to have such a great place to watch our Tribe.
2. The 1990s – The glory days are long gone, but at least we have some fantastic memories – memories that an entire generation before us grew up without.
3. $10 bleacher seats - One of the best ticket deals in all of professional sports right here in Cleveland.
4. Kenny Lofton – My all-time favorite player. Has a more entertaining player ever worn an Indians uniform?
5. The end of the Matt LaPorta era - Ok, well maybe it’s not officially over. But he’s off the 40-man roster and we’re nearly free of his consistent disappointment.
6. Albert Belle vs Fernando Vina – Still fun to watch.
7. Sandy Alomar Jr. – It looks like Sandy will be back for another year in a Tribe uniform, and there’s just something comforting about that.
8. Ronnie Belliard’s fro – The picture says it all.
10. Fireworks – I’ve seen my fair share of fireworks displays over the years, but nothing compares to the show they put on at The Jake. I try to make it down to at least one Friday night game a year to catch the post-game show.
11. Tom Hamilton’s home run calls – Easily the best in all of baseball.
13. Terry Pluto’s books – If you enjoy reminiscing about the Tribe, there’s no better way to do so than with Pluto’s books. I highly recommend The Curse of Rocky Colavito.
14. Tony Pena’s walk-off home run – The most memorable play in Indians history?
15. Jim Thome – The socks. The batting stance. The home runs. Everything about the man.
So what have I missed? Let’s keep the list going in the comments…