Month: January 2014

Was ’95 really the golden year of Indians Baseball?



I was just surfing around the interwebs today and came across something that hit me right in the nostalgia, and it was this article.  “13 Reasons the ’95 Indians Were the Greatest Team Ever.”

You can find it here.

Pretty bold right? RIGHT?  I mean, they were some of the coolest players to ever play the game, and we all new something was going to happen whenever Thome stood at the plate, but to call them the GREATEST?  Well, I actually agree, call me biased but still.

Okay I get it, we didn’t win the world Series in ’95….or in ’97…but that’s not always the thing that matters most to me.  To me, the most important thing is to have a team that inspires, and a team that is just plain fun to watch, which we all now the ’95 team was.  We had Lofton stealing every base he could get a foot on and arguably one of the greatest pitching cores in the modern era.  So why WOULDN’T you call them the greatest?  I know I know, we “blew it” and “couldn’t finish it off,” but neither could a lot of other amazing teams.  Juxtaposing to the NFL, Payton Manning, one of the greatest QB’s to ever play the game has one ring…ONE.  So don’t count that against them.

I’ll admit that I was pretty young when this team was around, though I will keep that hidden to save my age.  However, even though they left us on the doorstep in the end, they were probably THE MOST fun team to watch that entire decade.  From the year we were #1 in all offensive stats to the record book claiming 12 run comeback against Seattle, this team was just plain awesome.  They were the guys the inspired me to play and the ones that I will forever think of as my baseball idols.  Their popularity can be proven just by the fact that they had a sold out line in the recent tribe fest and attracted a MAJOR crowd when giving their panel before their autograph session, so even though they didn’t come through, they are still the greatest.



This led to me think about our team now.  Honestly, that last playoff loss hurt, and it hurt A LOT, and while I don’t agree with everything they did that day like putting in Salazar, it still was amazing just to have playoff  ball back here.  Long story short, we didn’t win (spoiler alert), but we did bring some of that magic back and I began to get those amazing feelings that the ’95 team brought us.

So in closing I want  you to think about one thing:  First off I want  you to know that the ’95 Indians WERE the greatest team to play that decade, and I honestly don’t think many people even outside the city will deny that.  Second, I want you to think about that magic, and if it has returned with the youngsters (and Giambi) of today’s team.  To me, it has, and I think that some day, maybe years down the road, we will be having this same conversation with the ’13 team of old, even if that pennant is ever illusive.


An Introduction to Cleveland Indians BasePaul Blog

indexI have always liked writing, though I never really thought I was any good at it until I just kept doing it over and over.  Ironically, I still don’t like to read all that much unless it pertains to either really weird things like zombies or communication theories.  Odd right?  Anyways, there has always been one thing that I particularly enjoy, and that is the game of baseball, namely Cleveland Indians baseball.  So much so that I ACTUALLY changed my name to basePAUL.  Well, not quite, but that would be pretty cool if I could.

Ironically, being all into the baseball scene being a player for over 10 years and always following the sports since I was a kid, I still never really got into the “stats” portion of the game.  Probably because, let’s be honest, I really wasn’t that great of a ball player, though I tried.  This led me to NEVER want to look at my own stats, let alone anyone elses since I knew they were going to be so much better than mine, so I just avoided them.  This actually led me to a pretty cool thing, it let just enjoy the game itself, not only on my level, but on the MLB level as well.  I didn’t care about how many homers a guy had, or what his slug percent was. I loved the back story, the underdog, and the big comeback.

The cool thing about baseball is that each game is a new story, a new chapter, and a new beginning.  Since the season is SOOOO long (not complaining) with 162 regular season games, it’s almost impossible to be “playoff bound” a month or two in, so unlike every other sport, there is always the sense of drama.  A game can go anyway at any time, and since you play a series with a team, there is no guaranteed outcome.  One game can be a blowout for the home team, the next a blowout loss, and finally a walk off win.  Every day and every game is a new story that can lead to something amazing and fun, and if the game doesn’t go your way, there is always tomorrow.c

The Indians are especially good at this, as you know from their up and down years over the past 30 seasons.  While it seems like we might have a “curse,” I really don’t think this is so.  We have something that’s special.  We don’t have a team that is ALWAYS bad (sorry Astros), and we don’t have one that’s ALWAYS good (I hate you Yankees).  We are right in the sweet spot that makes every game a great story, and one that I think we should all share with the world.

So this blog is just that.  A blog about the life, the memories, and fun, and the excitement of the Cleveland Indians.  Join me, every day is a new ride, so let’s hop on.

P.S.  7 days until P/C report!