Friday, August 31, 2007

Where's Waldo, The Indians' Fan?!

A few of the faithful in attendance at the Jake last night.

"In case you haven't noticed, and judging by the attendance you haven't, the Indians have managed to win a few ball games, and are threatening to climb out of the cellar." Bob Uecker as broadcaster "Harry Doyle" in the movie "Major League."
Where are the fans?
Granted, last night's game vs. the Mariners was a make-up from a snowed-out date of April 9th but still, where are the fans? The Tribe is four and a half games ahead of Detroit in the American League Central and only 25,000+ fans came through the turnstiles! This is a town that filled up and sold out Jacob's Field 455 consecutive times for a major league record in attendance.
So, where are the fans?

Former Indians and Mariners manager Mike Hargrove was in attendance last night!

Is it the sputtered offense over the past two months that has the fans skeptical of their first place team? The broadcasters in the Cleveland area believe that may be the case as they felt that the fans were too critical of their team during their scoring drought. Now that the Tribe is 4.5 games ahead and owners of a 6 game win streak, those broadcasters are just falling short of telling the fans, "I told you so!" It was great to see STO broadcasters Rick Manning and Matt Underwood get "Pied" last night along with Jason Michaels!

Tribe manager Eric Wedge became a spectator last night after vehemently questioning a no-call on a balk! Yeah!

The fact is that nothing was being done for about 45 days to snap the Tribe out of their funk until about a week ago when manager Eric Wedge shook up the line-up and the team. Look for this town to regain confidence and flock to the Jake this weekend as the Tribe hosts the White Sox. The nerve-wracking, come-from-behind, one-run victories are back! Will they stay?

You bet! This team just got hot at the right time and that heat wave should carry them right into the playoffs so, hang on for a wild ride!
Kenny Lofton is mobbed by his teammates after his bases-loaded, two-out, walk-off walk to win the game last night!

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