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Indians Dynamic Young Superstar SS Has Everyone Smiling

“I don’t play for Rookie of the Year, I don’t play for MVP or for the RBI title, or for home runs or batting average or any of that stuff, I play for the love of the game, I play because I want to win, I play for my family, I want to represent my family, I have to make sure I represent them the right way,” Lindor said.

Even when Indians fans seemed to think that despite calling for the wonderkid to be brought up to the Majors, maybe it was just too soon, and he needed more times in the minors.

That was then, this is now.

Lindor is the future, and based on his play on a nightly basis, it appears the future is now for the scrappy Indians who wake up today as more of a contender for a playoff spot than just about anyone felt they would be based on how they played the first three months of the season.

Wednesday he made a great diving play of a sharp ground ball off the bat of Alex Rios in the 5th. He flashed a smile after the play, in which he threw out Rios from his right knee. He even peeked at the scoreboard to see the replay.

“I’ve just never been a fan of a guy who makes a great play, and acts like he’s done it 10,000 times,” Lindor said. “Smile, that’s what we play for, you’ve got to enjoy the game.

“A smile doesn’t mean you are hot dogging it or disrespecting the game or anything like that.”

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Matt Loede has been a part of the Cleveland Sports Media for over 21 years, with experience covering Major League Baseball, National Basketball Association, the National Football League and even high school and college events. He has been a part of the Cleveland Indians coverage since the opening of Jacobs/Progressive Field in 1994, and spent two and a half years covering the team for 92.3 The Fan, and covers them daily for Associated Press Radio. You can follow Matt on Twitter HERE.

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