The Cinderella story of the 2013 MLB postseason has already come to an end. The clock struck midnight and the Cleveland Indians exited the ball before it got started really well. They did so with zero shame however as they were a first class team the entire way. Whatever shortcomings they had coming in, didn’t matter. They won as a team and they lost as a team. Terry Francona is the main one to credit for the atmosphere around the club and he will deserve credit when they are successful next year as well.
From the earliest parts of the pre-spring training season in 2013 it was clear that Francona was changing the mindset around the Indians clubhouse from that of a team that hoped to win to that of one who expected to win. It showed as did the lose atmosphere which these guys thrived in all season long. Jason Giambi and Nick Swisher were key to the heart of this team. After what some in the media and the team admitted was a heart-breaking loss, Swisher shaved off his playoffs beard and was already looking forward to next year. That’s Swisher for you.
And now it is the Indians. They won’t be thinking much about their playoff loss when they arrive in spring training 2014. Francona will have them focused on the success they had and on having more success next year. Chances are that they will be able to have just that as long as Francona and company are kept around. Nothing against the Red Sox but there is never a reason to get rid of a manager as great as Terry Francona. He is one of the best.