The Cleveland Indians took a major step forward today in securing not only the future of the team, but also in improving the chances of the current season as well. They signed their star designated hitter Travis Hafner to a generous contract extension through 2012. Contract negotiations between the Indians and Hafner stalled during Spring Training and were tabled indefinitely. The fact that the contract was not completed by April seemed to be weighing heavily on Hafner as he has been struggling to reach the offensive numbers he is capable of. Now, he can put that out of his mind and get down to the business of helping the Indians in winning the Central Division of the American League. Hafner, with improved offensive numbers, will play heavily in the immediate futures and successes of this team.
So, a famous line from the movie, Rocky II rings ever so true as we put this contract behind us and prepare for the second half of the season. Adrian comes out of a coma and tells Rocky that she wants him to win in his rematch vs. Apollo Creed. When she utters the words, "Win, Rocky, Win!" Rocky's trainer and manager Micky Goldmill jumps to his feet and yells, "What are we waiting for? Take us!