The Disappointment Zone

Musings from a Cleveland sports fan

A long season continues

Posted by disappointmentzone on 24 July 2006

There was a time when Jim Donovan, senior baseball writer at Sports Illustrated, in his weekly power rankings had the Indians at the top.

Oh how the mighty have fallen.

From the penthouse of the AL Central to a 23.5 game deficit. And so it continued in the first game against Detroit, the team with the best record in baseball. The Indians allowed five unearned runs to score in the first inning, and at no point had the lead.

But for the first time in a long time the Indians did not give up. One run in the fourth, three in the fifth, one in the seventh, and two in the eighth; the Indians battled back. In the end, it was not enough.

The Indians have pratically no chance of making the playoffs. This much is true. But there is a gritty poignancy in fighting whatever undesirable fate looms on the horizen. The Indians may not make the playoffs, but there is still dignity to be had and honor to be earned.

A writer once wrote, “As if it matters how a man falls down. When the fall is all that’s left, it matters.”

Indeed.

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One Response to “A long season continues”

  1. […] Kansas scored 10 runs in the first inning. Starter Paul Byrd went 2/3 innings and gave up nine runs, but only three earned. It wasn’t pretty. But then the Indians started chipping away and I was reminded of a game from about a month ago against the Tigers in which the Indians gave up five unearned runs in the game, battled back, but lost. This was about the time when the influx of rookies started, an influx that has brought, night in and night out, anywhere from three to six players in the lineup, all of whom, with the exception of Hector Luna, rookies. The Indians battled back that night, and I wrote: The Indians have pratically no chance of making the playoffs. This much is true. But there is a gritty poignancy in fighting whatever undesirable fate looms on the horizen. The Indians may not make the playoffs, but there is still dignity to be had and honor to be earned. […]

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