(You probably forgot about this series. Considering it’s been a few months since I wrote one of these, it seems like I forgot about it too.)
In honor the 25th anniversary of the movie Major League, I am attempting to chronicle the events of the movie from the perspective of a sports blogger.
The Horror, The Horror
I’ve watched many bad Indians seasons. I’ve endured seasons that could be charitably classified as awful.
With that in mind, and accounting for “immediacy bias,” I think it’s no exaggeration to say that this year’s edition of the Indians is the absolute worst in the inglorious history of the franchise.
We’re a few weeks into the season, and what we’ve seen so far is beyond anything that even my pessimistic mind could have conceived.
Before the season, I gave the team the benefit of the doubt. I thought maybe they had some sort of plan, and they believed that some of these unknowns or retreads might surprise us.
To be fair, they have surprised me. I didn’t think it was possible for a major league team to play this poorly.
Perhaps the problem is that we’re calling them a major league team. Based on the lack of talent on the roster, it’s obvious that this team is major league in name only.
Then again, I’m not sure if this team would even be able to win in the minor leagues. A few years from now, when some of these players inevitably end up back in the minors, it wouldn’t be a shock to see them struggle there as well.
So how did things get this bad?
The only explanation I can think of is that someone bet GM Charlie Donovan that he couldn’t create a team that would set the record for most losses in a season. Good news, Charlie: You appear to be well on your way to winning that bet!
In addition to potentially setting a record for most losses in a season, the team might also set a modern-day record for lowest attendance. The stands at Municipal Stadium have been conspicuously empty, and I can’t envision that getting any better if the season continues like this.
I question why anyone would voluntarily watch an Indians game. The games are largely un-competitive, and even the Indians’ opponents seem to be getting bored. (I guess repeatedly beating an inferior opponent can get old after a while?)
I suppose that some people are fascinated by watching a train wreck. But after a while, doesn’t even a train wreck lose it’s appeal?
Maybe I’m being too hard on the team. I should remember that this is one of the youngest rosters in the league, and this is the first taste of the big leagues for many of these guys.
Maybe they’ll settle in a bit and start to improve as the season wears on. Maybe they’ll start to play a little more competently and begin to resemble an actual major league team.
Who knows? Maybe they’ll completely turn the season around and make a miracle run to the playoffs!
Obviously that isn’t going to happen, but we can hold out some hope that the rest of the season won’t be quite as bad.
Wait a second – did I just use the word “hope” when discussing the Indians’ chances? Never mind! Enjoy the train wreck, people!