Togetherness and belief has Indians on brink of advancing
CLEVELAND — Sometimes the best insights on the qualities that make a winning team special come from players who parachute in during the middle of it all. In the Cleveland Indians‘ case, one of the freshest takes is provided byBrandon Guyer, a veteran outfielder with a reputation as a hit-by-pitch magnet and a masher of left-handed pitching.
In late July, Guyer was playing for the last-place Tampa Bay Rays in the sterile environs of Tropicana Field. After the Indians acquired him at the Aug. 1 trade deadline, Guyer quickly settled into an environment where newcomers were welcome, togetherness was paramount and each new obstacle was viewed as something to be overcome.
Some days are especially fun. On Friday afternoon, Guyer was preparing for Game 2 of the American League Division Series against Boston when he discovered that Cleveland sports teams place a lot of stock in sticking up for one another. In a classic case of intracity sports franchise brotherhood, LeBron James took the field and delivered an impassioned “Cleveland against the world” speech to the Progressive Field crowd.