CLEVELAND -- Kenny Lofton donned the navy blue blazer that comes with induction into the Indians team Hall of Fame on Saturday night, drawing a rousing ovation from those in attendance at Progressive Field. Of course, if the 43-year-old Lofton had his way, he would have been donning a Tribe uniform and drawing cheers for his feats on the field. Though he's been out of the game nearly three years now, Lofton still has the body of a man half his age and still has the desire to show off his athletic talents. And having spent the majority of his 17-year career in that Indians uniform, Lofton understands as well as anybody how much winning a title -- in any sport -- would mean to this city.
"I wish I was in uniform to help any way I can," Lofton said. "[Fans here] are dying for something special. Hopefully they get it soon." Lofton admitted it felt "a little weird" to be getting the alumni treatment and be inducted "as a young fella." After all, he did not leave the game on his own terms. But he's thankful that if his career did have to end, it ended with the Indians in 2007, on a team that advanced to the AL Championship Series. "Maybe that's the way the book was supposed to be written," Lofton said.