It started with an improbable Cleveland Cavaliers rally to end the city’s 52-year championship drought. Now, the “Believeland” movement has spread from the Quicken Loans Arena to Progressive Field, where it’s currently inspiring the Cleveland Indians.
Given their injury situation, an Indians World Series championship might be considered even more improbable than the Cavaliers rallying from a three games to one deficit to defeat the Golden State Warriors in the NBA Finals. But that’s not stopping anyone from believing. Certainly not shortstop Francisco Lindor, who delivered the game-deciding two-run homer in ALCS Game 1 while sporting cleats that drove home the ‘Believeland’ message.
Francisco Lindor, on his cleats: "I believe in my team. I believe in my city. We're just trying to do our thing." pic.twitter.com/4jsqTKAoQx
— Zack Meisel (@ZackMeisel) October 15, 2016
It’s not just a word now. It’s certainly more than a mantra or rally cry. It’s a feeling, a confidence that’s running through the veins of every player on Cleveland’s roster. It’s burned into their minds. It’s emblazoned on their superstar’s cleats. They’ve all bought in because they all believe.
That’s not to say “Believeland” can’t be stopped, but the fact is Cleveland’s feeling it right now. The Indians ran through the Boston Red Sox in three games. Their three best pitchers combined to shut out Toronto’s high-powered offense in Game 1. They’re on a serious roll at the absolute best time.
The Blue Jays are a confident team too though. They’re certainly talented enough to destroy any narrative, real or perceived. But they will be forced to elevate their game even more to match up with Cleveland. The sooner they can do that, the better their chances will be.
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