Mr. Ocker:

I enjoyed your article very much regarding the apathy for the Indians compared with the overwhelming interest and nonstop conversation of the Browns.

Perhaps it would be justified if the Indians won a quarter of their games, but the fans don’t seem to make that connection. It is odd that the Indians in the past couple of years actually spent 40-plus games in first place, but the fans have not paid attention.

As a lifelong Indians fan, it appalls me that this balance is so lopsided, despite the Indians’ ability to contend at times, where the Browns do not.

I listen to the two major sports radio stations in Cleveland, and I have emailed them on why they hardly ever talk about baseball. In their response, they state that their management prompts them to highlight the Browns “when they are in season,” which seems to have no end.

Now that WKNR and WKRK have contracts with the Browns, it will be interesting to see how that works. I am a Browns fan too, and I enjoy watching and going to games, but the obsession on the NFL during baseball season is bizarre.

Mike Falb



I cannot believe the Akron Beacon Journal pays you to write articles like, “Why so much pessimism?”

Under the pretense that you have your finger on the pulse of the fans’ voice, this piece of negative garbage not only doesn’t speak for me, it certainly feeds the fire of what decades of losing has done to Cleveland.

I’ve learned to temper my hope with some measure of reality, but as one who has loved the game of baseball for 60 years, my love for the game is built on its unpredictability, and has little to do with what so-called media experts say on TV and in newspapers.

You feel the need to write the Indians off, why? Does your vast baseball knowledge and writing experience tell you they can’t possibly contend down to the final week? If the Indians should happen to “stumble” into the playoffs, according to you, they will lose.

Maybe a little humility, tempered with the idea that even teams that are not as “complete” as the Tigers, can still win, could serve to alter your negative perception.

Joe Cheslock

Cuyahoga Falls

Dear Joe:

You’re right. Why should I write negatively about a team when I can be an optimist. Let’s do it.

All my years of covering more than 6,000 games tells me that the Indians will overtake the Tigers and go undefeated in the postseason to win their first World Series since 1948.

How’s that, Joe? Do you like me better now? My primary goal in life is to get EVERYBODY to like me.

Obviously, the words I used were not plain enough, because my column went right over your head. On the other hand, Mike Falb, who wrote the preceding email, figured it out.

I was making a comparison of pie-in-the-sky Browns fans, who think a Super Bowl is right around the corner, to Indians fans, who refuse to believe their team is worth more than a $1 Dog, no matter what happens on the field.

“Stumbling” into the playoffs referred to the how fans think after years of inbred “pessimism,” to use your word.

I’ve written for months that the Indians have an outside chance to make the playoffs. I haven’t altered that judgment.

Let me ask you a question. Is my opinion a realistic assessment or is it unrealistically pessimistic?