Found May 23, 2012 on
Midwest Sports Fans:
Yesterday on this very web site there was an article written by AJ Kaufman in which he wrote about the lack of attendance at Cleveland Indians games despite the time being in first place.
His view was against the fans of Cleveland, and he essentially called them out while providing some rationale for why this fan apathy has developed over the last decade even when the team has been enjoying moments of success on the field.
The article is well-presented, but I happen to disagree with some of AJ’s opinion on the issue. In this post, I’ll present reasons as to why this disagreement exists.
Then-Jacobs Field during the fan support heyday when sellouts - and outstanding teams - were the norm. (Photo by Gus Chan, The Plain Dealer)
The misguided comments of Chris Perez
AJ’s article, and many like it, was inspired by the comments recently made my Cleveland closer Chris Perez. After a dominant performance in which he struck out the side to close the game, in front of 29,799 fans, Perez made...
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The Chris Perez situation, as it were, has reached some kind of initial conclusion. I’m sure it will come up again before the end of the year, but all said and done, against the Tigers when given their first chance to respond to the outspoken Tribe closer, the Cleveland Indians faithful were supportive.
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If you missed it over the weekend, Indians closer Chris Perez unleashed on Cleveland fans in response to having been booed by some fans at home last Thursday after he allowed a couple of baserunners in a game that he eventually closed out for his 13th save in 14 opportunities this season. Some of Perez’s response was fair enough (“They haven’t even scored yet and you’re booing...
Chris Perez expressed his frustration at the poor attendance by Cleveland Indians fans this season.
Perhaps those fans are waiting to see how their club fares against the defending AL Central champion Detroit Tigers.
The Indians dropped their final 10 meetings with the Tigers last year, a skid they'll try to snap in their first 2012 matchup Tuesday night at Progressive Field...
Indians closer Chris Perez ignited a firestorm of controversy in Cleveland last weekend when he ripped fans for their lack of support of the team. At the time of Perez's comments, the Indians were last in the majors in average per-game home attendance and second to last in the majors in total home attendance. The irony of the hullabaloo is that it's really a non-issue,...
CLEVELAND -- Baseball statements are not made in May, so the Cleveland Indians three-game sweep of the Detroit Tigers counts for no more than three wins.
But it's safe to say that the Indians gave the Tigers -- and everyone who conceded Detroit the Al Central title in the offseason -- something to think about.
The Indians beat all-world ace Justin Verlander Thursday afternoon...
Tribe closer Chris Perez has been lightning rod of controversy since his comments after Saturday’s 2-0 win over the Miami Marlins. On Sunday morning, he spoke in even deeper detail and refused to back off what he said. During that diatribe, he made a bold call – “I hope my first (save) chance is in a one run game facing (Miguel) Cabrera and (Prince) Fielder.”
He would get...
David Laurila (@DavidLaurilaQA), curator of FanGraphs’ Q&A Series, talks both to Indians rock-and-roll pitching coach Scott Radinsky and also closer Chris Perez.
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Maybe Chris Perez was onto something.
It is not news that baseball is much better with a stadium packed with fans. Loud and boisterous and cheering for their team, the Indians last night got a taste of what the entire summer could be like every time they take the field if they continue to play the way they are.
I was there last night at Progressive Field. It was my 10th game of the...
CLEVELAND (AP) -- Chris Perez, greeted by a standing ovation from the time he left the bullpen, worked another scary ninth inning for his 14th save as the Cleveland Indians ended a 10-game losing streak to Detroit with a 5-3 win over the Tigers on Tuesday night.
Perez had been critical of recent booing during an appearance and called the Indians' major league-worst attendance...
The Indians made a winner out of Ubaldo Jimenez, and Chris Perez recorded his 14th save. Perez came in the came to at least a partial standing ovation, but did hear a few boos after giving up a walk and a hit.
R. Santiago 2b
A. Dirks lf
M. Cabrera 3b
After the final out, closer Chris Perez let out a primal scream and punched the air in celebration.
The Cleveland Indians, overlooked and underappreciated - even by many of their own skeptical fans - had swept three straight from the Detroit Tigers and their high-priced lineup.
Maybe the AL Central will be a race after all.
Unless the Indians run away with it.
The Cleveland Indians sent Ubaldo Jimenez to the mound and the Tribe got six decent inning out of him tonight as he picked up his fifth win on the season. The Indians were able to hit the Detroit pitchers tonight and they sent Rick Porcello packing after 5-1/3 innings. The Tribe tagged Porcello for 8 hit and five runs tonight, four of those were earned runs.
Jimenez continues to...
Wow. What an interesting 48 hours it has been in Wahooland. Here the Indians sit atop the AL Central division, two and a half games ahead of the Chicago White Sox and three in front of the Detroit Tigers. They have won four of six and are in the midst of a big homestand. The starting pitching has been great. The bullpen for the most part has been solid. While the offense continues...
The Cleveland Indians took their second game in a row from the Detroit Tigers. The Indians sent Zach McAllister to the mound for the start and he pitched 6-1/3 innings very well. McAllister gave up 8 hits and two runs. McAllister has done nothing but great things for the Cleveland Indians since stepping in for Tomlin. Tribe Skipper is very lucky to have Zach to come up and fill in...
One of the topics that has become hot this weekend with all dirt that Chris Perez stirred up this is that Cleveland sports fans are hypocrites. As we all know this fan base sells out Browns stadium year-in and year-out1 with an ownership group that has been almost 100% inept in winning football games since 1999. By comparison the Indians have done far better in their standings and...