With all of the changes that occurred this off-season, everyone that knows this team seemed to feel good about the chances that the Cleveland Indians had to turn their franchise around. The test they had on the first day was not an easy one. They faced a much improved Toronto Blue Jays line-up and the reigning National League Cy-Young Award winner in R.A. Dickey. The Indians and Justin Masterson displayed the fight and ire that will likely be the norm for the team all season.
They weren’t lights out pitching but they were in the game. They didn’t knock Dickey all over the ballpark but they were patient and took advantage of the good chances they got. When they chased Dickey and got into the bullpen, they continued to try and push for everything they could get. In the end the scoreboard red 4 to 1 but for the Indians it was much bigger than that.
Michael Bourn wasted no time contributing. The line-up that Terry Francona put out there was perfect. Nothing they chose to do, either leading up to this game or during it went badly for them. Surely there will be struggles this season for the Indians just like every year. What is clear also is that they are much better equipped to face strong opponents and to face adversity than they were before.
Francona came in to change the attitude of the franchise to that of a winner and this first game was a display of exactly what he said he would do coming to fruition. Without a doubt the best move this franchise made was bringing in Francona as the manager. Everything that has happened since then has been to the betterment of the team and they will head into the rest of the season knowing that they have a chance to win every single game.