As the Major League Baseball (MLB) playoffs lurk around the corner, I felt it fitting to write about my home state of Ohio Cleveland Indians. Their fans recently enjoyed their first major sports team world championship when the Cleveland Cavaliers won the National Basketball Association (NBA) title back in June. The city of Cleveland professional sports teams had not won any kind of title since 1964. That was 52 years ago!
The Cleveland Indians organization last won the World Series in 1948. They lost in the World Series in 1954, 1995, and 1997. In 2013 they lost in the American League Wild Card game to the Tampa Bay Rays. In 2007 they lost in the American League Championship Series to the Boston Red Sox.
After finishing my education and spending four years on active duty with the Air Force I moved back to my hometown in 1990. From 1995-98 the Indians were a mainstay in the MLB American league playoffs and made it back again in 2001. I left Ohio again in 2005 and the Indians have been hit and miss except for 2007 and 2013. This season they have been near the top of the league race from start to finish. On Monday night they clinched the division title and will be back in the playoffs again. Wouldn’t it be something if the Indians could win the MLB title like the Cavaliers did in basketball?
Many of the lifelong Cleveland Indian fans would be able to rest easy if the Indians could win as well. Every time I call someone from back home these days they will ask me, “What do you think of the Indians this year?” The people of Ohio and rabid Cleveland sports fans deserve a title from their beloved Indians. My feeling is they are happy with the Cavaliers winning the NBA title, but they would be ecstatic with an Indians World Championship. As the season winds down and the playoffs begin this Ohioan will be rooting for the Indians to follow suit with the Cavaliers.
By Dr. Bret Simmermacher
Dr. Simmermacher is the Chair of Sports Coaching at the United States Sports Academy, and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org