Indians 2B Jason Kipnis pens emotional essay to Cleveland fans: 'Let's do this'

Indians 2B Jason Kipnis pens emotional essay to Cleveland fans: 'Let's do this'

DOWNTOWN CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - In a recent Players Tribune essay, Cleveland Indians second baseman Jason Kipnis said he holed up in his town house for a few days after the 2016 World Series.

The Tribe fell to the Chicago Cubs in Game 7. Kipnis wrote that his body shut down after that game. He said he felt ill physically and mentally.

As the focus of his essay shifts from the 2016 to 2017 season, Kipnis calls on fans to come along for the ride:

For the longest time, all I would hear about were the '90s teams and the consecutive sellouts. Some of the older guys that I was fortunate to play with would tell me how much they hated coming to Cleveland as a visiting player because of how tough it was then. I've seen it with my own eyes. You guys came with it during the playoffs! And all I want is for us to get back there together. Let's make sure that Progressive Field is the loudest stadium in the league this season from the home opener on. Let's make it impossible for fans of other teams to infiltrate our place. Every time an opposing team comes to Progressive, I want them to know they're a long way from home!

Though Kipnis was on the 10-day disabled list to begin the season, the infielder seems ready to get back after it.

The Indians began their season Monday against the Texas Rangers. Cleveland's home opener is April 11 against the White Sox.

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