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The most hated team?
April 30, 2010 - Jim Bartholow
I'm incensed by a Wall Street Journal report that says the Cleveland Indians are the most hated team in baseball. The reporter came to the conclusion by adding up all the negative comments on the Internet. Well, I've heard you can't believe everything you read on the Internet and this certainly qualifies.
No. 1: There's no way the Yankees aren't the most hated team. Other teams tout upcoming series with the Yankees, not the Indians, to sell tickets. Now, some of these fans might like to see really, really well-paid ballplayers perform well; or they might be buying tickets to see their favorite home team win one from the New York Bankrolls. No one that I know of touts a series with the Tribe, unless it's in conjunction with a Beach Boys concert.
No. 2: I'm sure all those negative comments came from Cleveland fans who are upset about the trades of many of our stars in the past couple years and even going back to the losses of Manny Ramirez and Jim Thome to free agency. Just check Cleveland.com for a steady diet of negativism. Folks, did you really think Cleveland could match New York's bid for C.C. Sabathia, or Philly's offer for Thome, or Boston's offer for Manny? Cleveland can't afford a $100 million payroll even in the best of times. So management has to do its best in developing talent, keeping it for as long as fiscally possible and then deciding either to trade or try to compete in the open market. So, sure, Tribe fans are upset. I'm upset, too. But I realize the brass is trying to land good, young players and those players are going to go through growing pains. As a fan, I hurt with every loss and celebrate every win.
No. 3: Now, more than ever Indians fans need to hope for the best, enjoy the game of baseball, and root more than ever to beat those hated Yankees. I think there is hope for the future for the Tribe. I also don't know if there's another Golden Era like the 90s when Cleveland sold out every game at home and AL Central titles were expected. I do know there's a team playing this year that's trying hard for a new manager and they sound like a fun group to watch on most days.
So that's what I think of that Wall Street Journal survey. Pretty bogus, if you ask me. It will take a lot more than the last couple years to change my view on the Tribe.
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