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Presenting the 2012 Cleveland Indians Fan Frustration Graph

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When the 2012 MLB Baseball season began, one thing became quickly apparent. There weren’t any truly dominant teams. Nowhere was that more obvious than in the AL Central. Most preseason prognosticators had the Tigers ahead of the pack with everyone else falling in some fashion afterwards. However when Victor Martinez went down hope presented itself  for everyone else including the Indians. Being a sports fan in Cleveland is a difficult thing. Most seasons, regardless of sport, are effectively over halfway through the season. You would think that Cleveland fans would learn their lesson, but Browns fans keep filling the stadium, and the Indians, despite having the lowest attendance in baseball, still have a pretty strong and passionate fanbase. The Indians did sell out 455 consecutive games not too long ago. Still, this team is far from it’s glory years of the mid-late 90’s and the general fan opinion of current ownership is less than glowing.  It’s kind of a vicious circle in Cleveland baseball right now. Fans dislike the owner so they don’t show up to games, the owner claims small-market difficulties and lack of attendance means less money for available free agents (and in many cases signing their own pending free agents). Around and around it goes. All that being said, I’m the eternal optimist when it comes to Indians baseball. Like a proud parent I try to ignore or reason away the team’s flaws and analyze what it would take to, in the words of Jake Taylor, “win the whole #*%^$@ thing.” Saying that I’m excited for Opening Day would be the understatement of the year. To the current adult version of  me it marks what Christmas season was like when I was 8. Opening Day is like the Thanksgiving Day parade; seeing the team for the first time is like seeing Santa Claus officially kick off the Christmas season. From the Thanksgiving Day parade you spend the next month buying presents, decorating the house, and generally stressing yourself out to levels well past healthy. There is a payoff though, that glorious day in December when all of your running around, careful planning and newly acquired credit card debt seems inconsequential compared to the overwhelming joy of Christmas. The presents, the food, the family time, the stress was all worth it. Unfortunately for Indians fans the last time Christmas actually came was 1948. Season after season, Indians fans spend time, energy, money, and our sanity watching , hoping, wishing, and ultimately being disappointed. With that in mind, I created the 2012 fan frustration graph which details the ups and downs of a promising young team attempting to successfully navigate their way through the long 162 game baseball season.

 

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One Response to “Presenting the 2012 Cleveland Indians Fan Frustration Graph”

  1. Well written article. Maybe next year!

    Posted by Estelle Jello | August 5, 2012, 10:17 pm

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