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