Starting pitcher Cliff Lee takes home the American League Cy Young Award after his 22-3 season for the Indians during the regular season. Cleveland is now home to back-to-back Cy Young winners after ending a drought dating back to 1972 with CC Sabathia‘s win in 2007.
Tuesday night, the National Basketball Association opens its 2017-18 regular season schedule as the Cleveland Cavaliers host the Boston Celtics in a game that has much more meaning than the usual opening night game.
The Cavs and Celtics have become rivals over the course of the last few years, with Cleveland knocking Boston out of the playoffs twice in the last three seasons. The two clubs went toe-to-toe in the Eastern Conference Finals last year, with the Cavs winning that series, four games to one, to send Cleveland to its third straight NBA Finals. As many remember, that trip did not end nearly as well as the previous season, when the Cavs gave the city of Cleveland its first championship since 1964 with the first title in franchise history, leaving the Indians as holders of the longest active championship drought in the city.
While the Cavs will begin their defense of three straight Eastern Conference titles, the game’s real emphasis will be on the return of star guard Kyrie Irving to Quicken Loans Arena, where the former first overall pick in 2011 spent the first six years of his NBA career in Cavs’ wine and gold before demanding a trade in the offseason. The Cavs front office honored that request, sending its second-best player to a rival club, but may have, possibly, become a more well-rounded club in the process. That remains to be seen, as the results will play out over the course of the largely meaningless 82-game NBA schedule over the next six months.
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Countdown to Opening Day – 65
There must be something in a number.
The number 65 has been worn by just four players in the 116-year history of the Cleveland Indians organization and in all four occurrences, it was donned by a pitcher. Twice it came on the backs of young starting pitchers trying to catch on at the Major League level. In the two other and more recent times, it has come on former starting pitchers who were converted to relief work late in their minor league careers.
Starting pitcher Cliff Lee takes home the American League Cy Young Award after his 22-3 season for the Indians in 2008. Cleveland has now won back-to-back Cys after ending a drought dating back to 1972.
The Indians lefty earned 24 …
It’s not that I don’t care. Actually, I care immensely and if I have a fault concerning the Indians, it’s that I care too much.
But I’ve been asked since the news broke a couple weeks ago that Mark Shapiro was under consideration to become the new president of the Toronto Blue Jays if I thought this was a good thing or a bad thing for the Indians. The Indians and Shapiro made it official this afternoon, announcing that he will become the new top man in Toronto and a void is now created in Cleveland.
For me, I’m still meh.
2002 – The Indians enter rebuilding mode, as the club deals staff ace Bartolo Colon and minor league pitcher Tim Drew to the Montreal Expos for three future star prospects and veteran first baseman/outfielder Lee Stevens.
Colon, off to a …