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Lofton to be inducted into Indians Hall of Fame

By sstorm Published: January 27, 2010

Former Tribe outfielder Kenny Lofton enjoyed taking a quick ride down memory lane in sharing his thoughts on various moments and subjects regarding his career in Cleveland after being named a 2010 inductee into the Indians Hall of Fame. For your enjoyment below is an edited version of the teleconference.

* Why do you think fans never forgot you and always welcomed you back?
"I just treated the fans with respect and they did the same for me - it was a mutual thing. "I signed autographs every single day and it's something I enjoyed doing. The fans loved it, I loved it and I just had a good time doing it."

* What was your biggest moment in Cleveland?:
"When we beat Seattle to go the World Series."

* Do you often wonder how for as many good Indians teams you were on how none of them won a World Series?
"Man, yeah, I know. It was just one of those things. I think we had the team and the players to go out there and do it. It was just fate, it just wasn't our time."

* Now that you've now made the Hall of Fame in Cleveland, do you ever think of possibility of making it to Cooperstown?
"It's hard for me to say. I just went out there and did what I had to do on and off the field. Hopefully, that can show people. Now it's up to whoever (to decide)."

* You put up good numbers despite playing in the so called "Steroid Era". Do you think maybe down the road people will pay closer attention to what you were able to do?
"I hope they do because again, I was a guy who never did it, never tried to do it or wanted to do it. But I played against guys who obviously were doing it, so my competition level had to be at a certain level to compete with those guys who were what you call, cheating. So, I was not a cheater, so hopefully they took a look at that and take it into account."

* How many times did you want to scream knowing some of these guys were doing it, but you were trying to do it the right way?
"Constantly. But I did it the right way and always felt like the good guys always lose. I always felt that way in that situation, so I just sat back and kept doing what I was doing. You always say, things are going to come out in the light sooner or later - and that's what happened."

* What are you up to these days?
"I have a production company out in L.A. trying to do some TV and film. We're looking for some investors to do some of the movies I have going on right now."

* Do you remember the amazing catch you made that robbed Baltimore's B.J. Surhoff of a home run at Jacobs Field Aug. 4, 1996?
"Like it was yesterday. It was one of my most famous and memorable catches. The funniest part was looking at the guys in the bullpen when I reached over the b ullpen and caught the ball. I looked down at those guys and they were going crazy. I'll never forget it."

* Talk about Game Six of the ALCS in 1995 in Seattle when you scored from second base (on a passed ball) and how big that play turned out to be.
"I didn't know how big it was going to turn out. It was just me being aggressive on the basepaths when I saw the opportunity to use my speed. I looked at Randy Johnson and he had his back turned and everyone was kind of lolly gagging towards the ball so I just kept going."

*Who were some of the guys you looked up to coming up through the big leagues?
"One guy that really stood out was Kirby Puckett. Just the excitement he had and the way he always had a good time playing, although he played the game hard."

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