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Painting the Black: Fantasy College Weekend Rotations

Jensen Lewis

Jensen Lewis

Jensen Lewis is a former Major League Baseball relief pitcher, playing parts of four seasons in the big leagues with the Cleveland Indians. Drafted 102nd overall in the 3rd round of the 2005 draft, he played 9 professional seasons altogether with the Tribe, Arizona Diamondbacks and Chicago Cubs. Lewis amassed a career of 7-11 in 161 games, good for a 3.68 career ERA in 198 innings. He helped the Indians win the AL Central in 2007, becoming a key cog in their bullpen, on a postseason run that ended with a Game 7 loss to the Boston Red Sox in the American League Championship Series. Lewis went a perfect 13 for 13 in save opportunities with the Indians in 2008 as their closer and was nominated for the prestigious Roberto Clemente Award in 2010. The award recognizes the player who combines a dedication to giving back to the community with outstanding skills on the baseball field as well as representing the game of baseball through sportsmanship, community involvement and positive contributions to their Clubs. A Vanderbilt University graduate with a BS in Communications, Lewis now works as a broadcast personality with Fox Sports and SportsTime Ohio in Cleveland. He continues to be involved in Cleveland Indians Charities providing support to the Cleveland community, making visits to local hospitals and participating in the annual Tyson Food Distribution event held before Thanksgiving. A diehard Cleveland fan his entire life, he still holds out hope that the Tribe & Browns championship droughts will come to an end during his lifetime.


PAINTING THE BLACK: "FANTASY" COLLEGE WEEKEND ROTATIONS

Through each big league season, plenty of collegiate postseasons grab the attention of clubhouses around the league. The continual and unending banter between teammates about who's university's sports teams are better, who's conference is harder to compete in, and the rarely-seen/highly-effective "we're just better because I said so" line.

March Madness always happens during spring training. Big league clubhouses are full of multiple players early on in camp so the trash-talking can become more prevalent depending on the bravery of some newcomers. As the MLB regular season begins to enter June, the Road to Omaha comes into view. For those that have never been to either old Rosenblatt Stadium or the brand new TD Ameritrade Park, it's a bucket list item you need to check off, especially if you've got young kids. The passion, the drama, and the ultimate equalizer in college sports (emotion), are on full di

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