CLEVELAND -- In one respect, it has not been a quiet winter for the Indians. At the corner of Eagle Avenue and East Ninth Street, construction crews have made plenty of noise for the past four months, battling the weather and doing all they can to have the team's massive renovation project complete in time for the regular season.
Cleveland's decision-makers understand that fans want more than ballpark improvements, though. More than anything, this city craves a championship, and the team's quiet offseason (in terms of acquisitions) has created some concern. During the team's annual Town Hall Meeting on Monday, Indians president Mark Shapiro and manager Terry Francona reiterated their belief that the team in place is more than capable of contending.