Indians fans watched their season come to an end Wednesday night. The Tribe suffered their 6th post season shutout in franchise history.
Though Terry Francona’s first season in Cleveland ended in a loss, it didn’t necessarily end in disappointment. There was a 24-win improvement from last season, as 94 losses turned into 92 victories. The Indians also made the postseason for the first time since 2007.
“There’s going to be a lot of things I take away from this team this season,” says Indians second baseman Jason Kipnis. “This might be the best group of guys I’ve ever played with and one of the most fun teams I’ve ever been on. Just the chemistry in here has been a great time, great learning experience for a bunch of the younger guys, including me.”
Nick Swisher, Tribe first baseman adds, ”There’s a lot of guys that are here on contracts for a long time. We got a great young core group of guys. Great young pitching staff. And, just the outlook for this organization is on the up and up.
“It’s exciting,” says catcher Yan Gomes. ”I know we didn’t turn out with the win, but looking at the crowd today, those guys are all behind us, and it’s exciting to see what we got in the future. Hopefully everyone buys in to what we got, and we feel like we got a great future ahead of us.
Indians centerfielder Michael Bourne concludes, ”we had a good year. We didn’t do what we wanted to do, but you know, we’ll be back.”
A ray of hope does remain at Progressive Field. Looking forward to next season, 70 percent of the teams’ postseason roster will return to the Tribe dugout in 2014.