Crisp’s in Cleve­land, ‘as it should be’

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Coco Crisp’s re­turn to Cleve­land moved him from last place to first and brought him back to where he be­gan his ca­reer.

The In­di­ans ac­quired the 36year-old out­fielder from the A’s on Wed­nes­day for a mi­nor­lea­guer. The In­di­ans lead the Amer­i­can League Cen­tral while the A’s are last in the West, but the trade means much more to Crisp.

He is re­turn­ing to the team he broke into the ma­jors with in 2002, a day he says “seems like it was just yes­ter­day.” He re­mem­bers where his old locker was lo­cated and where his for­mer team­mates had theirs.

Crisp ar­rived at Pro­gres­sive Field at 11:30 a.m. Fri­day for the In­di­ans’ night game against the Mar­lins.

“Com­ing back in here and not feel­ing out of place is great,” he said. “You’re fa­mil­iar with the way the club­house is laid out, where ev­ery­thing’s at. It’s not like I have to walk around here and search out new ar­eas.”

Crisp is even stay­ing at the same ho­tel in down­town Cleve­land he lived in when he first joined the In­di­ans, which brought back an­other mem­ory.

“There was a guy out front who said ‘as it should be,’ ” Crisp said. “Ev­ery time I left the ho­tel he’d open up the door and say that to me.”

Crisp had no idea at the time what those words meant, but he may have fi­nally fig­ured it out 14 years later.

“Be­ing older I can prob­a­bly make some sense out of it,” he said. “I’m here and ev­ery­thing is how it should be.”

Crisp, who bat­ted .234 with 11 homers and 47 RBIs in 102 games with the A’s, is feel­ing like a rookie again.

“To be in­volved in a play­off run is spe­cial,” Crisp said. “It brings a lit­tle bit of light to this year for me.”

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