World Series Game 1- Those ex-Indians

The New York Yankees open up the World Series in the Bronx against the defending World Series champion Philadelphia Phillies. These two teams were majorly picked to be in the Series, and it has came to fruition. Major League Baseball is a winner, their premier team and the team that won it all a year ago are in the Fall Classic. The Steinbrenner Family are winners again, they made the moves to make this team better after missing the playoffs a year ago. The city of Philadelphia are winners, after waiting 25 years for a professional sports championship, they have a chance to enjoy back-to-back championships, a feat last accomplished by: The Yankees, and also they can be the first National League team to win back-to-back World Series since the 1975-1976 Cincinnati Reds.

But the major loser of the World Series? The Cleveland Indians.

Indians fans are either sick to their stomachs or rolling in their graves as the matchup of Game 1 starters, both former Cleveland Indian pitchers CC Sabathia and Cliff Lee. Sabathia won the AL Cy Young Award for best pitcher in 2007, and Lee won the following year, while playing for Cleveland. With the seasons these two had for their new teams, the fans have to wonder, where was this for their team? The Indians are victims of small-market baseball, as they sometimes can not afford to keep as many good players, like the Yankees, or Mets, or Red Sox, or Phillies. Not only are the Indians are victims of the free spending ways of MLB, but other teams like the Pittsburgh Pirates, Oakland Athletics, and the Kansas City Royals.

Out of all the teams, the Indians have had the best success, making it to the World Series in 1997, and as they go through another rebuilding process, it may be a long time before their team gets back to the World Series. If Mark Shapiro is the GM, the Tribe will not be heading back to the glory years of 1997, due to the fact that he deals every good player they have to another team.

In the meantime, the city of Cleveland can stick to the Cavaliers, or just wonder what could have been with Sabathia and Lee and if this would be their World Series as they watch the two aces oppose each other in Game 1.

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