What do you think of this?
Recently Forbes magazine published an article detailing the financials of all 32 major league baseball teams. Most Indians fan have, over the years, heard the Dolan family cry poor. That Cleveland is a small market town and therefore they cannot afford to field a competitive team. However, according to Forbes, your Cleveland Indians made more operating profit than any other team in the majors. Let me say that again in case you missed it, the Cleveland Indians had the highest operating profit in all of baseball. They made a tidy little 30 million dollar profit last year before taxes and interest payments all the while fielding one of the most rotten teams in our equally rotten history.
There are not enough synonyms for the word “anger” to describe how I feel. Acrimonious? Livid? Incensed? I feel betrayed as well. This weasel has been making money hand over fist every year since he bought the team 10 years ago and then foists a vastly inferior product down our throats and cries poor. Let me be very clear, there is nothing wrong with making a profit. The Dolan family has every right to make a profit from their investment. But they also, as owners of a professional sports team, have a civic responsibility to give us a team that we can get behind and support.
Next year the new television contracts come into play and the Indians will be on the receiving end of about 100 million dollars in national and local money. In addition, they will receive a welfare check from MLB to the tune of about another 20 million. In spite of that huge influx of revenue, the Indians are expected to continue to field a team only slightly better than AAA caliber.
As disgusted as I am with how the Dolan’s take their civic responsibility so lightly I am even more ashamed at the conduct of the typical Indians fan. Why are we attending these games? Until we put our collective foot down, this situation will never change. The Dolan’s have told us, “we will spend when the attendance improves.” Tell me, would any of us go to a restaurant under the promise of edible food once they start getting more customers but until then, the food is going to be horrible? Not a chance. So why do we tolerate the same treatment from the Dolan’s? The typical Cleveland fan is comparable to an abused spouse. We get a beating and we keep coming back for more.
It is high time that we boycott this team. Do not go to the games. Do not watch them on television. Do not tune in on the radio. Do not buy or wear their team gear. It is also time to tell their advertisers that you will not be patronizing their establishments if they choose to be a vehicle for perpetuating this crime. It is blatantly obvious that there is only one thing the Dolan’s covet and that is the almighty dollar. Let’s hit them where it hurts the most, in their wallets. Boycott all aspects of this team until there are wholesale changes that bring us a winner. This cannot be tolerated any longer. I lived through 1970’s baseball with this team and trust me when I say, we are looking at an even more bleak situation.