The baseball season began today for the Cleveland Indians. No one is expecting them to do anything this year, and if the first game is any indication, the experts may well be right. The Tribe got blanked today by the Chicago White Sox, losing 6-0.
I imagine it is easier for players to play when there are no expectations that their team is going to win it all. After all, high expectations produce high pressure. I think low expectations also are more liberating for fans, however. You don’t think your team will contend, and therefore you don’t have your guts ripped out when you team goes on an 8-game skid right out of the box. You are reduced to looking for little signs that things might be better a few years down the road, like a young pitcher who appears to be learning how to become more of a pitcher and less of a thrower, or a young speedster who is working on hitting major league pitching.
So, I’m not going to fret about the 2010 version of the Cleveland Indians. If they stay in competition into June it will be a pleasant surprise; if they don’t it won’t be a big deal. I’d just like to see some hints of light at the end of the tunnel.