Site co-expert Steven Kubitza is leaving Believeland Ball after today. Here is what stands out to him after covering the Cleveland Indians since 2016.
I hate to be dramatic, yet here we are.
This will be my final piece covering the Cleveland Indians for Believeland Ball. Nothing terrible has happened, I just have to focus on some other tasks in life.
I have been with the site since the latter half of the 2016 season. There was no indication when I joined that I would be writing about a magical run to the World Series a few months later. What a ride it has been.
This decision also comes from a place where I would like to get back to just being a fan for a bit. Maybe go to a game and have a few too many beers. Or go camping and listen to Tom Hamilton as I pretend to know how to fish.
The site will be left in the great hands of Carson Ferrell and the team here in place. If you want to write about the Indians, I would highly recommend applying to the site. It is a great way to get your writing seen and it has helped land me several opportunities in the worlds of both writing and academia.
I have covered a World Series, two painful postseason exits, an insane win streak, trades, big signings and everything in between. It has been fun and it will be weird to see some news break and not immediately write about it.
I want to thank those who have supported the site and who have read and commented on my work throughout the years. Sometimes it feels like you are yelling into the void when you write, but seeing the comments and interaction on social media reminded me people were indeed listening. Even if they didn’t always agree with what I had to say.
Even though I’m no longer writing about the team, I’ll still be flailing around like a maniac as soon as the team scores that first run of the season. I will always love this team and can’t wait for another season to begin.
That’s it from me. Thank you for reading and go Tribe!