Misery loves company...you love your Indians and I love my beloved Cubbies. I don't know if yoiu were around in 1954, but I'm sure you know that was the year when Cleveland set an American League record with 111 victories (in a 154-game season) but got swept in four straight in the World Series by the N.Y. Giants. A bitter and certainly unexpected disappointment, to be sure.
Then, in 1997, your team battled into the 11th inning of the seventh and final game of the World Series before losing a heartbreaker to the Florida Marlins. Another heartbreak for Cleveland fans.
Yet, perhaps foolishly, I can still take heart and have hope for my team---and I believe you can, too---when you look at the dramatic turnaround of the Detroit Tigers.
Going into this season, the Tigers had endured 12 straight losing years! Just three years ago they lost 119 games (one short of the '62 Mets' all-time major league record for losses)---but now they have the best record in baseball, by plenty (70-35). They are on a current pace to win 108 games!
Based on very recent history, how unlikely was the Tigers' turnaround? Highly. But they made dramatic changes in their organization, beginning at the top and moving completely throughout their roster of players. I think the Indians and Cubs need to do likewise.
But IF they do, imminent improvement becomes a realistic prognosis.The Tigers have shown how quickly and dramatically a team's fortunes can change for the better.
The only question is whether the ownership of the Indians and Cubs have the guts to rid themselves of those who fail to produce in the front office and on the field.
The Tigers' ownership had the guts. Chances look good they'll get the glory, too.