“The development was done last year… It’s time to play to win every day. That’s our mentality, and our expectations are that: building on the way we played in the second half of the season. We’re expecting to win.”
That quote from Indians manager Manny Acta, while a bit old (quoted in the New York Times on March 3), stands in stark contrast to the outlook of most Indians fans. Most of us are a jaded, bitter bunch expecting another flirtation with 100 losses.
Who can blame us? Our best players (Grady Sizemore, Travis Hafner, Asdrubal Cabrera) have struggled with injuries. Our pitching staff is filled with young, inexperienced arms. Looking around the league, you could fill an All-Star team with former Indians. Other than Shin-Soo Choo and Carlos Santana, there are few obvious bright spots on the 2011 Cleveland Indians.
As long as the young players on the Tribe’s roster buy into Manny Acta’s high expectations, maybe the Tribe can surprise some people this year. Every year, one team seems to pop out of nowhere to impress (see the 2010 San Diego Padres, 2007 Colorado Rockies, etc). Why can’t it be Cleveland this year? Read More…
From Bleacher Report, March 28, 2011