It just got worse in the 1980's, with the Indians never finishing above fifth place, with only one team finishing above .500 (the now infamous 1986 Tribe, that led SI to put them on the cover of their 1987 pre-season baseball issue, only to have the Tribe lose over 100 games). No, it wasn't pretty at all.
Growing up with those sad-sack teams has made it very easy for me to find the silver lining of just about any baseball club that Cleveland can field. I can't tell you how many times I've said, "Yeah, but he's scrappy," or "Sure he can't throw a strike, but he hits 95 on the gun!" I've learned to cope in a world in which coping is the only way to remain a fan. No, the current version of the Indians aren't going to remind anyone of the 1927 Yankees, but there certainly is a lot of good, mixed up with the bad.
Here are ten reasons we all can be thankful for as Cleveland Indians fans.