You think Cleveland sports teams can't keep a good thing going? Hogwash.
Every year at this time, the Indians put their most cherished streak on the line, every year we wonder if this is the year it's going to be broken, and every year they seem to come through at the 11th hour.
If that's not drama, I don't know what is.
You see, the Indians have not been forced to the salary arbitration table since 1991. If you don't know the last Indian to go to salary arbitration,* then you are not truly a fan. I mean, it's in the paper at least six times every January.
You might think that's a dumb record to be proud of. I'll tell you that in small-market baseball management circles, a string of 15 years without an unscheduled 300 percent bump in pay for one of your key players is akin to the Atlanta Braves' decade-and-a-half division title run. It is impressive.
Which is why we should all be waiting on pins and needles to see if the Indians can come to terms with Jason Davis.
Davis is the last of the Mohicans among the ranks of the unsigned Tribe players after Jason Michaels, Matt Miller and Rafael Betancourt all agreed to terms in the past few days. Davis is the annual last man standing, the man who can break the bank and drag the Indians to the negotiating table ahead of schedule.
If the streak ends at Davis, that blood is on his hands and he will officially be the most reviled Cleveland athlete since ... well ... the last athlete we decided we sorta-kinda didn't like. Jeff Garcia, maybe?
So for the love of all that is good and decent, Jason, agree to terms. Don't jeopardize our marvelous streak. Next January, I want to be able to open the sports page and be reminded, yet again, that no Indian has gone to salary arbitration since 1991.
*Greg Swindell. Like you didn't know.
Update 1/18: Davis has signed a one-year deal. The streak lives!