Yes, the Indians have won 9 of their last 10 games, they lead Major League Baseball in home runs, they’re second in OPS, and with a recharged roster and a manager that’s as good as a ballclub could ask for, sit three games above .500 after a slow start, legitimately the hottest team in the game. But that doesn’t mean CBS’s Jon Heyman or anyone should be so mystified about the fact that the club has been the worst draw in the league by far, more than 20% behind the second-worst drawing team in Kansas City.
“What’s the deal with the Indians?,” Heyman asks. “Their inability to bring in crowds is quite perplexing, really.”
Heyman isn’t the only one, of course. Log into your favorite social network, and you’re sure to find expressions from Tribe fans — even ones who don’t live within driving distance of the ballpark — running the gamut from concerned, to “perplexed,” to angry about the club’s attendance numbers.
The icecaps are melting, the social safety net is disappearing, child poverty and infant mortality rates in the world’s “richest” country are climbing, news media has been choked to within an inch of its life by advertisers, and the government has effectively completed its abdication to lobbyists for all the worst things. The only people making any real money at all (aside from the ballplayers) are the ones who are melting the icecaps, and damn it, why won’t the rust belters at ground zero of the home mortgage crisis spend more of theirs on baseball tickets and expensive beer and junk food?
Tribe Town, everybody. Don’t you see how much fun Nick Swisher is having out there? [click to continue…]