Last Sunday the Indians got their first win of the season in a 7-1 victory over the White Sox and the Cavs lost…again. Now the Cavs have a handful of games left and the Indians have approximately 159 games left after this weekend. But both of these teams need to hope for different results to help bring back the passion and support of Cleveland sports fans.
Winning is the best way to get fans back into the seats of Jacobs/Progressive Field (it will always be the jake to me). To bring fans to the game this year the Indians had to get off to a good start but opening day was a worst case scenario. Midway through the 4th inning the Tribe were down 14-0 and people were already leaving the sold-out venue.
The magic needs to return ASAP
The reason why I am stressing a fast start for this team is to keep the interest of the fans. A 162 game season is hard enough to keep interest in, but if the Tribe can put some hope and belief back into the fans within the first couple weeks of the season then good things will happen. Last year the Indians averaged the lowest attendance
in all of baseball and I do not want that to happen again. The only way to do that is to win and win now! I am not expecting the Indians to be playoff contenders this year but I am expecting some improvement from last year. At this point Cleveland fans are just looking for something respectable.
The Cleveland Cavaliers are on a completely different spectrum. Their season is finally coming to an end, I never thought it would, and they need to lose the rest of their games to get better. Now I stated in one of my first posts that losing might be the best way to improve this team but the urgency to lose now needs to be at an all time high. Kenny Roda, ESPN Cleveland radio host, has endorsed the acronym APPBITH (Another Ping Pong Ball In The Hopper) and the city of Cleveland needs to get behind this creative saying.
Losing this season may lead to more wins next year
The Cavs currently have a 1/2 game lead
on the Minnesota Timberwolves for the worst record in the NBA. It was a 1 1/2 game lead but the Cavs had to win tonight and the T’wolves had to lose…go figure. If the Cavs lose out then it gives them the best chance to nab the first pick in the draft. Because the NBA is stupid and does not automatically give the worst team the first pick in the draft then the Cavs need to give themselves the best chance to get the first pick and that means lose. The draft order is based on a draft lottery
and the worse a team is the better chances they have of getting a high draft pick. The first pick is not a guarantee by any means but a win or two at this point in the season might cause the Cavs to draft 3rd instead of 1st and that’s not good.
Losses for the Cavs = a faster rebuilding process. Losses for the Indians = a loss of interest. That is the formula of these two Cleveland sports.