I have a confession to make. It’s a rather serious confession and one that is not easy to say… I grew up in Cleveland. Now before you disparage me, please understand that this was not my choice. My parents up and moved from Owatonna, MN to Cleveland and forced me into a childhood surrounded by Indians fans. Cleveland baseball fans might be the worst, I might add, and are not deserving of a professional baseball team as the definition of fair-weather fans shows a picture of an Indians fan. This is not to be confused with a Browns fan, as those are the definition of loyalty.
Things to think about:
1) Songs – Cleveland has a few songs of note. Minnesota does not (unless you count this song which most would soon forget). Most of us know the song Cleveland Rocks, even though it doesn’t, but my favorite Cleveland song might be this one, which serves as a permanent reminder of my next thought:
2) Rivers – The theme behind ‘Burn On Big River’ is a historical one. It is about the Cuyahoga River, which burned out of control… multiple times. Apparently, the 1952 river fire wasn’t enough to cement Cleveland in the world record book. It was deemed necessary to set it on fire again in 1969. This led to several environmental acts. It also played a large part in the creation of the EPA.
3) Movies – One cannot think of Cleveland without thinking of some movies, especially on a baseball site given that very few people would deny Cleveland’s role in one of the best baseball movies ever made. Strangely enough, Cleveland and Minnesota are very well represented in baseball movies (more so than most teams), with the Indians being featured in Major League and Major League II. The Twins were featured in Major League III and Little Big League, the latter of which is the reason so many on Twins Daily are convinced they can do a better job managing a team than most baseball executives. After all, it is part of Minnesota DNA to want to own and operate a professional baseball team. Strangely enough, Major League was not filmed in Cleveland. It was filmed in Milwaukee, which apparently better approximated Cleveland than Cleveland itself. Movies are a bit weird in that way, as Cleveland was the location of one of the most famous movies of all time featuring this guy:
Set in Northern Indiana near Chicago, a Christmas Story was filmed in Cleveland. The exact reason is unknown to this date, with theories ranging from Cleveland looking more Chicagoee than Chicago or the director taking a wrong turn and figuring it out five hours later. Regardless, we will always remember Cleveland for Red Rider BB guns, the soft glow of electric sex, and the phrase “You’ll shoot your eye out.”
4) That leads us to History – Today is a was an interesting day in history. 1906 saw the San Francisco quake.It was later determined to be caused by a wrestling match by giants. Paul Revere and William Dawes rode out to warn Sam Adams that the British were coming to take his secret beer recipes and to put him and John Hancock in jail. In sporting news, Mark Martin won a NASCAR race at age 50.
5) Puerto Rico – I suppose I should pay some respect to Puerto Rico, given that the game is technically there and not in Cleveland. I’ve only been to Puerto Rico once, and that consisted of an overnight stay in San Juan before getting on a cruise ship. What is interesting about it is the massive fort overlooking the Caribbean Sea. If your interested in that type of thing, it’s well worth the visit. Also of note, given it’s status as a US protectorate, duty taxes are much less restrictive, as US citizens are allowed to bring back 6 liters of alcohol duty free, and since they aren’t a state, they don’t pay taxes on it like we do. So, if you’re traveling to see the game, stock up on expensive alcohol.
Jose Berrios ®
1. Brian Dozier ® 2B
2. Joe Mauer (L) 1B
3. Miguel Sano ® 3B
4. Eddie Rosario (L) LF
5. Logan Morrison (L) DH
6. Eduardo Escobar (S) SS
7. Max Kepler (L) CF
8. Robbie Grossman (S) RF
9. Jason Castro (L) C
Indians Lineup: Who cares, and that's about it.
Whether you liked this thread or hated it, I’d like to propose a game to keep things interesting. Simply put, respond to posters with famous quotes from baseball movies that fit the context of the original quote. Winners will receive likes from a few world famous TD moderators and the grand prize winner will receive a lot of likes. Go Twins.