It has been only four games an eye blink in a 162 game season spanning six months but the Indians jerseys are playing with an energy that eluded them when they stumbled into April from spring training and staggered out of it 7 14.
The Indians jerseys went into their game against the New York Yankees jerseys on Aug. 12 at Progressive Field riding a three game winning streak. They had spurts of success before, but this time the infusion of new blood has led the charge and gives players reason for hope in the final 50 games.
It s a lot of fun, Johnson said in the clubhouse before the game. I don t know if I can say new energy because I wasn t here, but we re playing good team baseball. Nobody s trying to be the hero. Nobody wants the spotlight more than anybody else.
The Indians jerseys might continue to play well the remainder of the season and still miss the playoffs. They went into action on Aug. 12 6 1/2 games out of the second wild card spot in the American League with six teams between them and a playoff spot. If they play well and fall short of the playoffs, General Manager Chris Antonetti would have to decide if the Tribe needs tinkering or a major overhaul. He might have been checking on the price of dynamite before the rash of trades he made.
Johnson is just one of the new faces. Jerry Sands, who was up earlier this season, started in right field Aug. 12. He was recalled July 31. Second baseman cheap Jose Ramirez jersey is in his third stint with the Indians jerseys this year. Shortstop cheap wholesale baseball jerseys Francisco Lindor jersey was promoted from Triple A Columbus on June 14. Third baseman cheap Giovanny Urshela jersey has been with the varsity since June 9. Center fielder cheap Abraham Almonte jersey, acquired from the San Diego Padres jerseys on July 31 for relief pitcher Mark Rzepczynski, played in only two games in Columbus before being recalled. Almonte was 6 for 15 before facing the Yankees jerseys on Aug. 12.
Almonte was brand new. The first day he had four hits, Manager Terry Francona said. That helps. cheap Chris Johnson jersey has had a bunch of hits. That helps. Now all of a sudden we have baserunners. We re starting to hit a little bit. The enthusiasm has kicked up. It s easier to show it when you re not making right turns.
Francona said the first meeting of spring training is about the importance of developing loyalty, trust and being a good teammate.
There are so many new players on the team Francona said he had another set of those meetings one with the core group of players and one with the newbies.
The last thing we wanted was to go through the last two months and spin our wheels, Francona said. We got to this point (last in the AL Central) because of the way we played, but our goal is to play much, much better. Just sitting back and letting that happen wasn t going to be good enough.
If you have guys that hang out and go to dinner, that s great. What s more important is they re fiercely loyal when they get on the field. We have new guys trying to prove they belong. They re doing it in the right way.
Francona said in the beginning Lindor wanted to steal a base every time he got on until he realized it was better to be patient with cheap Michael Brantley jersey hitting behind him.
I wouldn t say it s because the old guys are finally shipped out of here, Sands said. They brought their own energy. They ve been in the league a long time.
This is a younger group and it helps we ve been winning and swinging the bats better. The energy we have now is contagious, then it rolls into the next day.
cheap Brandon Moss jersey and David Murphy along with Bourn and Swisher are the veterans traded away. It hasn t taken long to turn the page on their time with the Tribe.