The Perfect Storm May Lead to the Perfect Pitch.

the-natural_lIn my fantasy, it’s not so much a question of will it happen as when will it happen.  Think about it.

The Indians’ ownership learned a valuable (albeit costly) lesson from the Jacob’s family: Buy low, sell high.  Not that $300 million was an unreasonably high price to pay for the Tribe in 2000.

But after a dozen years of mediocrity, Larry Dolan finally has the team primed for a purchase.  And while he is not likely to make 10 times his original investment, as the Jacobs brothers did, this could be a win-win-win-win situation.

The Tribe’s new line-up of backloaded contracts is undefeated in early spring training, which yesterday lead to an opening day sell-out in six minutes.  And while most are picking the Tribe to finish third or fourth in the AL Central, some are projecting them to finish as high as second.  And, of course, this guy is claiming first place.

With a little bit of luck, a lot of hard work and some magic from Terry Francona, this team could be in the pennant race and on the auction block.  Everybody loves a winner, and in this scenario, everybody wins… Cleveland fans get a winning team, Larry Dolan makes money on a quick sale, somebody buys an MLB asset, and the city gets a new owner who hopefully loves baseball as much as we fans do.

This may just be a pipe dream, but I think we deserve this.  To borrow a quote from The Natural (the book, not the movie), “We have two lives… the life we learn with and the life we live after that. Suffering is what brings us towards happiness.”

And I think we can all agree that we’ve suffered enough.  I choose happiness.


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