The Cleveland Indians experienced quite the turnaround during the 2013 season, winning 92 games and making the postseason – this after a 68 win season in 2012.
Needless to say, the Indians are on the right path (or at least were) but former legendary Tribe member Kenny Lofton hinted that he didn’t believe the Indians were a ‘playoff team’ in 2013 because a one-game Wild Card play-in game didn’t count as a postseason appearance.
That sentiment didn’t sit well with members of the current team who allegedly ignored Lofton during a recent appearance at their Spring Training camp. It also didn’t sit well with clubhouse leader Nick Swisher, who allegedly had words with Lofton earlier this year.
It was there, behind the backdrop of the otherwise peaceful setting of Fan Fest, that the Indians’ first baseman of the present confronted their center fielder of the past about some disparaging remarks the latter had made about the Tribe’s 2013 run. What followed was an intense exchange in which Nick Swisher and Kenny Lofton were, according to one onlooker, almost nose-to-nose at one point, like an umpire and manager arguing a call.
Swisher took it a step further. He sought Lofton out at the event, got in the grill of the member of the team Hall of Fame, and told him, in so many words, that the Indians are trying to build something special, and that if Lofton didn’t want to be a part of it, he ought to board the first flight back to Los Angeles.
For what it’s worth, Swisher said the situation has been handled.