Indians' dominance rewrites story of 2017 season

CHICAGO -- The Cleveland Indians' winning streak is Authentic Brian McCann Womens jersey amazing: 21 games and counting. But it means nothing. It's championship or bust for these Indians. Division titles are great -- Cleveland is on the verge of clinching its second straight AL Central crown and ninth of the wild-card era -- but another one means nothing. Pennants are great, too. After all, Cleveland won one last year, and that was only its fourth since the franchise's last World Series crown in 1948. You know what another one this year would mean? Nothing. This is not really a controversial observation. It's the simple reality for a franchise that inherited the mantle of baseball's longest World Series title drought just 10 months ago, when the team lost to the Chicago http://www.authentichoustonastros.com/Brian-Mccann-JerseyCubs in seven unforgettable games. Maybe that's why, despite their amazing on-field feats of the past few weeks, the Indians still walk around like protagonists in an Albert Camus novel. As with Camus, it's not an act. It's a philosophy. "I don't know if we look at it as that much of a big picture," Indians ace Corey Kluber said last week during the team's stop in Chicago. "We're just showing up each day and trying to win that game. Guys are having fun and just showing up to win that day's game. If we do, great. If we don't, then try to move on." When Tom Thibodeau, whom Authentic Santiago Casilla Youth jersey I greatly admire, was coaching the Chicago Bulls, I used to refer to him as "belligerently dull." He gave the media nothing, he knew he gave the media nothing, and he delighted in giving the media nothing. Hence the belligerent quality of his dullness. The Indians' dullness isn't belligerent. It's more congenial. They are polite and cooperative. They really seem to enjoy their jobs. They just don't say anything. "The winning streak is enjoyable, and I think it's gotten people's attention," Francona said. "And I think http://www.authenticoaklandathletics.com/Santiago-Casilla-Jersey that's given me a chance to brag on our guys a little bit, which I love. Other than that, we'll go play tomorrow." The Indians have never been better positioned to win a title since the 1948 champs broke through. Well, that's not precisely true. The Indians were pretty well positioned to win last year, when they held a 3-1 lead over the Chicago Cubs in the Fall Classic. They were also right there when the 1997 World Series matchup with Florida went to a seventh game. And they made it to the World Series -- and lost -- in 1954 and 1995. That near-miss history, more than anything, is why it's championship or bust in Cleveland this time around. CHICAGO -- The Cleveland Indians' winning streak is amazing: 21 games and counting. But it means nothing. It's championship or bust for these Indians. Division titles are great -- Cleveland is on the verge of clinching its second straight AL Central crown and ninth of the wild-card era -- but another one means nothing. Pennants are great, too. After all, Cleveland won one last year, and that was only its fourth since the franchise's last World Series crown in 1948. You know what another one this year would mean? Nothing. This is not really a controversial observation. It's the simple reality for Authentic Wade Davis Womens jersey a franchise that inherited the mantle of baseball's longest World Series title drought just 10 months ago, when the team lost to the Chicago Cubs in seven unforgettable games. Maybe that's why, despite their amazing on-field feats of the past few weeks, the Indians still walk around like protagonists in an Albert Camus novel. As with Camus, it's not an act. It's a philosophy. "I don't know if we look at it as that much of a big picture," Indians ace Corey Kluber said last week during the team's stop in Chicago. "We're just showing up each day and trying to win that game. Guys are having fun and just showing up to win that day's game. If we do, great. If we don't, then try to move on." When Tom Thibodeau, whom I greatly admire, was coaching the Chicago Bulls, I used to refer to him as "belligerently dull." He gave the media nothing, he knew he gave the media nothing, and he delighted in giving the media nothing. Hence the belligerent quality of his dullness. The Indians' dullness isn't belligerent. It's more congenial. They are polite and cooperative. They really seem to enjoy their jobs. They just don't say anything. "The winning streak is enjoyable, and I think it's gotten people's attention," Francona said. "And I think that's given me a chance to brag on our guys a little bit, which I love. Other than that, we'll go play tomorrow." The Indians have never been better positioned to win a title since the 1948 champs broke through. Well, that's not precisely true. The Indians were pretty well positioned to win last year, when they held a 3-1 lead over the Chicago Cubs in the Fall Classic. They were also right there when the 1997 World Series matchup with Florida went to a seventh game. And http://www.authentictampabayrays.com/Wade-Davis-Jerseythey made it to the World Series -- and lost -- in 1954 and 1995. That near-miss history, more than anything, is why it's championship or bust in Cleveland this time around.Even if all the players in the running for postseason honors come up short in their respective votes, they can at least stake a claim to an unofficial award: baseball's MVT (most valuable trio). Entering game play Wednesday, Kluber (No. 7), Ramirez (No. 13) and Lindor (No. 15) all were on pace to finish in the top 15 in Fangraph's version of WAR. Only Colorado (Charlie Blackman and Nolan Arenado) also has two players in the top 15.Of all the emergent star power on the Indians, no one typifies the team more in performance or personality than Kluber, who has long toiled under the nickname of "Klubot." It's an unfortunate moniker because Kluber is less an automaton than he is a Hemingway hero. Stoic. Professional. And while I don't know if Kluber writes like Hemingway, he certainly gives him a run when it comes to conciseness and understatement.

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