It didn’t end that well, but the Tribe finishes the year in second place. They had an unbelievable start to the season. They fought through injuries all year long and gave us a look at a lot of young guys who need to be a part of the future. We got a homecoming by one of the greatest Indians of all time. It spawned #PositiveVibes #RollTribe #Windians #WhatIf and many other Twitter catch-phrases that could be a source of embarrassment because the Indians didn’t get the job done, but I refuse to be embarrassed.
These are the remnants of a team that gave us a reason to believe for the first time in four years. I’m tired of feeling bad about having hopes for my teams because of past failures. Hopeless is no way to go through life. It doesn’t take guts, heart or bravery to be a pessimist. It doesn’t automatically make you smarter either. Even the most hopeful of us knows that every team but one ends their season without a championship. It doesn’t make you stupid for believing or wanting to believe. It makes you a fan.
Even in a loss, most Indians fans were pretty thankful for the season. Though some seemingly thought it was fun to taunt their target audience with “500 Not!” types of sentiments, most of us were thankful for some meaningful baseball and some really memorable moments. So as the Indians were flaming out against Valverde yet again last night, Twitter Tribe fans were putting a bow on the season.
Here are some of the memorable #PositiveVibes moments.
@WFNYCraig Not a successful year, but more fun than I thought it would be. #PositiveVibes
@cshillz #PositiveVibes all of the great nicknames developed over the past season, namely #WINdians
@DocZeus #PositiveVibes Kipnis hitting 6 homeruns in two weeks in a Tribe uniform
@deg4 The start of Jason Kipnis’ career. #PositiveVibes
@smcantii Focused Carmona going 8 innings in a state of trance #PositiveVibes. #butThenNotPositiveAnymore #ohwell
@efelkey86 Has to be Hafner’s walkoff GS. And the time Underwood couldn’t stop sneezing. #PositiveVibes
@conradkaczmarek Hafner’s walk off grand slam…obvious, but awesome. #PositiveVibes
@DocZeus #PositiveVibes Jimmy Thome donning a Tribe Cap again #PositiveVibes
@kingF0X23 #PositiveVibes Carlos Santana’s triple play and all of Asdrubal’s Web Gems.
@deg4 #Positives vibes Carrera’s walkoff in his first game