There has been a change in the Cleveland Indians, can you feel it? No, mlb.com/standings is not currently suffering some kind of outage or glitch, the Indians are truly three games above .500. Last season they were downright allergic to having a winning record until the last game of the season and in 2016 the mythic three-games-above-.500 mark has only been foretold in legend. But now, on Thursday, May 19, 2016. The Indians have done it.
Sure, in 2016 we have modern devices that allow us to quickly communicate the fact that the Indians are three games above .500. But the last time such a thing happened, the last day of the season in 2014, we were basically in the dark ages. The ability to order Taco Bell directly from your cell phone and have it delivered was merely a twinkle in 2014 America's eye. But now, we have it all. We have everything.
Not so much back then.
Movies were a bizarre landscape of superhero films like X-Men and Captain America and blatant nostalgia grabs like Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Transformers films. Nothing like the vast moviescape we see today. Things were just simpler back in 2014; movies were made about LEGO and Spider-Man was able to be in a movie on his own.
The technology of 2014 was equally bizarre as its movies. People were still stuck with iPhones, Samsung Galaxies and Moto X's back then, even Nokia still made phones for some reason.
Billboard charts were led by the likes of Pharrell Williams, tall hat enthusiast and creator of the song "Happy," which nearly plunged the earth into eternal darkness. A much younger Taylor Swift brought us "Shake it Off" while Meghan Trainor rode YouTube stardom to the top with "All About That Bass" -- a phenomenon which historians still struggle to understand.
The landscape of the Indians roster was filled with names now lost to the history books. Asdrubal Cabrera, Michael Bourn, George Kottaras, Nick Hagadone, and Tyler Holt were all still playing the game of baseball, believe it or not. For what it's worth, the current Indians win percentage of .541 is even higher than that legendary 2014 teams' .525 winning percentage.
Did Michael Anthony Clevinger know when he first donned an Indians cap as a young boy that he would be the chosen one to lead the Indians to three games over .500 for the first time in almost 24 months? Do any of us truly know if we are destined for great things? Did Gugliemo Marconi know he would invent the radio? Did Barry Bonds know he would one day break the home run record? Did Nikola Tesla know he would invent electric cars and rockets and stuff? I doubt it.