Take a deep breath.
It’s over, Tribe fans. It’s finally over.
The 2010 season drew to an end yesterday, with the Indians losing 6-5 to the White Sox. With Shin-Soo Choo out of the lineup to preserve his .300 BA (boooooooooooo!), and the Indians tabbing long reliever Justin Germano for the start. Germano was roughed up, but the rest of the bullpen was pretty solid.
But the end result was the same as it has been 92 other times this season: a loss.
The Indians made no claims of contention this year. They said their primary goal would be player development. They knew they had a lot of work to do before they could call themselves contenders again. There were a few bright spots: the resurgence of Fausto Carmona, Shin-Soo Choo proving he’s a legit player, 46 glorious games of Carlos Santana, Chris Perez looks like a dominant closer and Jhonny Peralta was traded. There were a lot of bad times: the numerous injuries (most notably to Grady Sizemore, Asdrubal Cabrera and Santana), developmentally stalled players (Matt LaPorta, most notably), players who weren’t very good (David Huff, Kerry Wood, Trevor Crowe, anyone who played third base this year) and a whole lotta losing.
It’s been a trying season, both as a fan and personally. This team hasn’t always been fun to follow, and this season got especially hard for me after my grandfather died.
But I’m still here. And apparently so are you. So I’d like to thank every one of you who reads or has read Deep Left Field this season. It’s been an interesting journey, and I thank you for letting me share it with you. You readers make this worthwhile. Extra special thanks to anyone who has commented on anything on this site. So on behalf of Marc and I, thank you.
Brighter days are ahead, Tribe fans. Deep Left Field will be here to cover it. Hang in there, Cleveland.