Unorthodox? You bet.
Maddening? Of course.
Sure, all words you could use to describe the 2013 Cleveland Indians. In fact, all three of those words do not begin to describe all of the emotions they have given their fan base since day one.
But they have also given Cleveland baseball that could be described as another word - meaningful.
Really, isn't that all the fans wanted? Playing meaningful baseball down the stretch - a pennant race?
No matter how they have gotten here, the Indians sit 2.5 games out of a wild card spot with just over a month left to play.
Now, for the million-dollar question, will the Tribe make a push into October? Consider myself very skeptical.
The offense is sputtering, the pitching is being held together with duct tape and glue. The bullpen, well, its the bullpen. The team clearly has its warts, there is no doubting that.
The Indians are climbing a mountain that presents hurdles like the Oakland Athletics, Baltimore Orioles, Tampa Bay Rays, all clubs currently ahead of the Tribe in the standings and in the wild card mix.
But as a fan, I am getting exactly what I coveted - a reason to care as I prepare to flip my calendar to the month of September - even if everyone else is preoccupied with the Cleveland Browns' third-string guard rotation.
This time of year makes me salivate. I start picturing playoff rotations. Who would pitch a potential game two for Cleveland? Zach McAllister? Ubaldo Jimenez? Corey Kluber?
I watch the scoreboard like a hawk. What are the A's doing out west? How about the O's? Is Detroit struggling again?
Heck, even the final month of the baseball season has a distinct smell. And for the first time since 2007, that smell isn't foul in Cleveland.
So, I am ready to throw my hands up and enjoy what is left of this ride. Maybe it will derail prematurely. Then again, maybe it won't. It seems many have forgotten that is part of the fun.
But the Indians are back on the upswing and Terry Francona has his club poised to give the city of Cleveland a final month to remember - if they will let them.