Being a Pittsburgh Steelers fan I have always rooted against the Cleveland Browns and must admit I have found great comedy in the way the Browns management have run their hapless franchise since Cleveland regained a franchise in the late 90’s. They have never been to a Super Bowl and I hope they never go. That said I must admit the Steelers-Browns rivalry was a rivalry when the Browns had competitive teams. Maybe the draft this year- and the stockpile of draft picks they have in 2018 can turn them around.
One Cleveland team I have always rooted for is the Indians. They are in the American League so unless they are playing each other in inter-league play it’s fine with me if the Indians do well. Back in the 1980’s I started going up to Indian games- at the old stadium maybe 4-5 games a year, in the mid-90’s at Jacobs Field [or whatever its called now- } I went 20 games in the first season of that park. The Pirates were still playing in the dump that was known as Three Rivers Stadium so I enjoyed seeing games in a nice ballpark. The Indians have went to three World Series since they’ve been in the new ballpark. Too bad they haven’t won any of them. If a Cleveland team was to win a championship I was hoping it would be the Indians.
Going to games at the old stadium was interesting. You could get a $5 general admission ticket and a couple innings into a game slip an usher a few dollars and move down close to the action along the baselines. There was no one there- and a huge empty ballpark. One of the few times I remember a big crowd there in the games I attended- when the A’s with Canseco and McGwire came to town and once late in Nolan Ryan’s career- a big crowd came out to see him one last time. It was a dump and the place was falling down but Cleveland was the closest place to go to see American League players in person before inter-league play.
I haven’t been to a game there in a number of years. As I get older I am fine watching ballgames on television or listening on the radio. I go to a handful of Pirate games each year but with most of the games on television it’s a lot easier and less hassle and a lot less expensive just to turn the television on.
I got that t-shirt in 2001 at and Indian game. I miss going up there to games- maybe I will hit a game this summer at Jacobs Field. Ok Progressive Field.