By Josh Kramer
Once upon a time Cleveland was the home of LeBron James. The King was Cleveland’s savior. That relationship came to an unfortunate end though and the Cavaliers have been abysmal ever since the infamous “Decision.” A couple of weeks ago, the Indians, Cleveland’s other favorite son, brought in their form of a savior in the form of pitcher, Ubaldo Jimenez.
Lately though, another savior has been emerging in northeast Ohio. A player who is still just a kid. A rookie who most people outside of Cleveland have never heard of. Well here is an introduction to Cleveland Indians new star second basemen, Jason Kipnis. I am sure you will get used to hearing this rising star’s name.
The young stud out of Northbrook, Illinois got the call to the bigs on July 22nd. Many who are avid followers of the Indians organization knew it was a matter of time before the former 2nd round pick and number one ranked prospect in the organization would get the call. Nobody though could have seen this kid’s outburst from the plate coming. And not only is Kipnis on fire, but he is doing it in the Indians biggest series since the 2007 ALCS.
In a mere 16 games, Kipnis is batting .295, while slugging six home runs and knocking in 11 runs. Last evening though, Kipnis had his first real Major League moment and entered the record books. In a way, it was the rookie’s coming out party. During the crucial 2nd game of a series versus the team the Indians are chasing in the AL Central (Detroit Tigers), Kipnis went 5 for 5, hitting a home run, and knocking in three runs. In doing so, he became the first Indians rookie since Jim Fridley in 1952 to string together 5+ hits and score four runs in a single game.
Though the Indians lost the series finale tonight, they made a statement in taking two of three. The youngster has played like a guy who has been in the MLB for 20 years rather than 20 games and looks to be the future in Cleveland (or the present for that matter).
Could Kipnis, a rookie who has only been up with the big team for a few weeks, be the real savior in Cleveland?
Stay tuned for the next edition of TheSportsKraze.