Cleveland Indians talk – trying not to talk attendance, Swisher’s intangibles, Francona and Ubaldo and more with TD – WFNY Podcast – 2013-05-09

WFNY Podcast LogoWe did talk briefly about the attendance, but really not much at all. We’ve both agreed that it shouldn’t dominate the headlines a second year in a row.

  • Lackluster attendance and how tired we are of talking about it

  • Bud Shaw’s article about the long-term project

  • TV ratings and how far they’re up year over year

  • You can’t get the pulse of casual fans that stopped going

  • Nick Swisher truly has intangibles

  • LeBron dancing and picture-taking vs. Nick Swisher’s mugging and dancing

  • Grady Sizemore and Travis Hafner while great guys and decent players weren’t electric personalities

  • Mike Aviles throwing sunflower seeds at Terry Francona during in-game interview

  • Francona setting his own bar so very high for himself in Boston

  • Jonathan Papelbon and how purely hateable he is

  • Theo Epstein and how he’s disappeared into the Cubs job

  • Brett Meyers, Daisuke Matsuzaka and the also-rans in the system

  • Ubaldo Jimenez and how Francona is managing him

  • LaundroMat

    “Nick Swisher truly has intangibles.”

    “Intangibles” is truly a vacuous concept. Once you start describing these “intangibles,” they become tangible, don’t they?

  • Kudos for making the attendance issue a mere line item. This team has won 10 of 11—anyone who wants to make this the focal point of a narrative is either intellectually dishonest or doesn’t have a clue about the game of baseball.

  • Steve

    I’m not sure anyone is making it a focal point. But it is an important point, and is hotly contested as it is a divisive point. Surely you can understand that if the Indians can’t draw even decent attendances when they play well, that suggests a problem with the long-term healthy of the franchise.