Cleveland Guardians carry team message of never backing down

Cleveland Guardians' Steven Kwan, right, is congratulated by Josh Naylor after scoring against the Oakland Athletics during the eighth inning of a baseball game in Oakland, Calif., Monday, April 3, 2023. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

CLEVELAND — “Together, we never back down from a challenge.”

That message is written on a banner hanging in the tunnel that leads from the Guardians clubhouse down to the home dugout at Progressive Field.

Over time, it has been fully embraced by the youngest roster in baseball — for the second year in a row — that has shown a knack for pulling out wins from seemingly desperate situations.

It’s an easy motto to simply say as a team. It’s another to live it. And while it’s difficult to truly quantify something like that, the Guardians have submerged themselves in that message.