The 2014 Cleveland Indians are confident in their ability to overcome any obstacle placed in front of them.
CLEVELAND -- In two of their three victories this year, the Cleveland Indians have had to come from behind in order to secure the win. And in that other victory, they had to break a scoreless tie with two runs in the top of the ninth inning against the Oakland Athletics.
In their home opener Friday, the Indians again found themselves on the wrong end of the scoreboard, and for the first four innings, on the opposite end of a perfect game being thrown by Minnesota's Mike Pelfrey.
But much like they had done in the opening series in Oakland, the Indians found a way to come back and secured a 7-2 victory in front of 41,274 rain-soaked fans at Progressive Field.
"I was just so proud of the way the guys fought," said Indians first baseman Nick Swisher, who had three RBI in the victory. "Maybe that will be the identity of this team, the fact that we're going to fight. Regardless of the situation or the obstacle in front of us, we're always going to take that head-on."
To Swisher, the fifth inning of Friday's game was the tell-tale sign that this year's edition of the Indians could be special.
"We were down, 2-0, and hadn't even gotten a hit at that point," Swisher recalled. "Guys were saying, 'Hey, if we stick around long enough, we're going to get this,' and that's a great feeling to have.
"It's a great feeling to have between the players. It's a great feeling to have with the coaching staff, but either way, especially, in front of a packed house, it was cold as all get-out today, but the way the fans came out to support us, I could not be happier. I could not be more honored to be a part of this organization and just really enjoyed that win."
According to Indians left fielder Michael Brantley, who capped off Friday's comeback with a two-run single to center field in the bottom of the seventh inning, the players are confident in their abilities and calm in their approach.
"We started off slow, but our dugout atmosphere never changed," Brantley said. "Everybody was positive. Everybody was trying to motivate one another. I think that's what's special about our team.
"We never get down. No matter if it's the ninth inning, sixth inning, it doesn't matter. We make sure we put up good, quality at-bats through all 27 outs. We make sure we go in and battle our tails off."