Tribe Gets Off to a Good Start
Game One of the playoffs went unexpectedly well for the Indians last night, with a lopsided victory. Here's hoping for more of the same in game two this evening. A handful of observations:
Can we stop obsessing over the ridiculous non-issue of Lebron James rooting for the Yankees? Only someone without a life of their own (and possibly without a brain in their head) would waste even a minute worrying about who a 21-year-old kid chooses to root for on the baseball diamond. Is Cleveland's civic self-confidence that fragile that grown people are fretting about this? As new PD sportswriter Terry Pluto observed on WCPN yesterday, from the volume of complaints streaming into the paper about it, "you'd think he wants to blow up the Cleveland Public Schools." Time to grow up, folks (not you, dear reader).
The Indians front office did make one classy move yesterday: inviting longtime bleacher-dweller drummer John Adams to bask in national publicity by throwing out the first pitch. For 34 years, the AT&T technician has been showing up with his drum, banging away through some very lean years in old Municipal Stadium. Along with the Browns' rabid Dawg Pound devotees, he's come to symbolize the town's long-suffering sports fans. Only he's a much better symbol, I think, because he embodies a strain of humble blue-collar work ethic that we could all use some more of.
Finally, this complaint about the team's Chief Wahoo logo, from a fan who posted his thoughts on the New York Times baseball blog today: "Is there ever a point in Cleveland where the fans feel a little silly to call their team “the tribe” and use that racist redfaced logo? Would it be acceptable to have a depiction of someone in blackface grinning ear to ear? Of course not."
UPDATE: The Plain Dealer chose to continue to stoke this meaningless "controversy" with a juvenile point-counterpoint pairing of stories (headlined "Lose the Lid" and "Keep the Hat") on its secondary front page. But at least Patrick O'Donnell, who drew the latter assignment, asked the right question: "Does our regional self-esteem hinge on whether our athletes think just like us?" That sounds a tad familiar, doesn't it?