Grady Sizemore, a struggling Class A hitter at the time who earned raves for his athleticism and demeanor, is probably the team MVP this season. Lee leads the league in winning percentage and has grasped the art of pitching more easily in two years than Colon did in his first six.
The measure of that deal beyond dollars is that you can't complain about it three years later, despite Colon's success and despite the highest-rated prospect in the trade disappointing.
Preparation isn't foolproof. Or Brandon Phillips wouldn't still be struggling even after that odd finishing school the Indians held for him at the big-league level this season.
The national media has finally caught on to the Tribe, who are 9-1 in their last ten. The Indians are in this weeks SI and have been all over TV and radio lately.
Now if only people would show up to the ballpark....