After spending the first nine years of his career with the Cleveland Indians, Jason Kipnis has officially said "goodbye."
Following the 2019 season, the Indians decided not to pick up the option on the veteran utility player who was a huge part of the 2016 World Series Run, leaving Kipnis to free agency.
On Tuesday, the Chicago Cubs offered Kipnis a minor league contract heading into Spring Training.
After the deal was done, on Wednesday, Kipnis thanked the city of Cleveland, the Indians organization, and the fans for everything:
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Cleveland, I’ll keep it short... Thank you. For taking a chance on me as an organization and as a fan base. You guys joined me on this ride to get this great org back to where it belonged, at the top competing for a WS every year! I’m sorry I couldn’t finish the job for you. You helped shape me into the person I am today and I’m forever grateful. From the polite and respectful greetings you showed my family, friends and I everywhere we went. Every restaurant, every bar, every heinen’s, everywhere! You made me feel 10 feet tall! Many of you went from fans, to familiar faces, to even friends. Keep that Rally Together spirit going for this team. You’re holding them to a high standard and that’s the way it should be. I was fortunate enough to play with some of the best teammates, coaching, medical and equipment staff in the game and wouldn’t have had the run i did without them. Many of which are lifelong friends now. I’ll always cherish my time in Cleveland and always tried to show you how much I loved wearing that jersey by the way I played for you! Forever grateful, forever part of the Tribe! Thank you Cleveland. Kip, Dirtbag, #22