There are plenty of important things in life that I’m thankful for that have nothing to do with sports, but since this is an Indians’ blog, I’ll stay on topic.
- I’m one of the few Wahoo’s on First writers who actually lives in Cleveland, so it might be a little hard for everyone else to appreciate this, but I’m grateful that so many of the minor league affiliates are nearby. The Indians have a lot of exciting prospects throughout their farm system. There are some well-known names, like Francisco Lindor and Clint Frazier, and there are also plenty of less-recognizable players who are very talented, too. It’s great to be able to watch the majority of the prospects in the organization without ever having to travel more than a couple of hours. It’s hard to tell everything about a player based on box scores and stat lines, and there’s no substitute for actually watching him play in person. I would really encourage everyone who lives nearby to check out one of the Lake County Captains’ or the Akron RubberDucks’ games next year, especially since they are so affordable.
- The Indians announced a few weeks ago that Carlos Santana is no longer the starting catcher, and the news was like an early Christmas present. Although he is a great hitter, he is a terrible defensive catcher. I can’t fathom how they plan to move him back to third base, but I truly believe the team is better off without him behind the plate.
- Regardless of their reasons for doing it, I’m thankful for all of the athletes and their families, who give up their holidays – not to mention entire months of their lives at a time – to keep us all entertained. Although sports are pretty trivial in the big picture, it’s hard to imagine a world without them. Even though they get paid for it (and some eventually get paid amounts of money that I can’t even imagine), I still appreciate it.