A couple quotes come to mind right off the bat. “Why can’t they just focus on putting a good product on the baseball field?” Or, “Don’t they have better things to spend their time on other than music as a baseball organization?” Now that I have those out of the way for all the cynical, angry people who also made fun of “Snow Days” let’s talk about what the Indians are doing this summer.
On June 11th at 4:00 PM (just after the Indians hopefully beat the Yankees in the Bronx) Progressive Field will host a country music show featuring Brad Paisley, Blake Shelton, and Jerrod Niemann. As I said in the open, I am sure a lot of people who have been less than satisfied with the baseball team over the last couple years will have arrows aimed squarely at the Tribe for this.
Is it a way for the Cleveland Indians to make money unrelated to baseball? Yep, it sure is. Still, to think that the Indians can’t run their baseball business and also use their facility for things like “Snow Days” and
rock country concerts while the team is away in the summer time is ridiculous.
Ask any member of law enforcement or any U.S. president of either party in history. Every year when the President pardons a turkey at Thanksgiving, some unoriginal idiot will proclaim, “Doesn’t our President have anything better to do when there is a (war / recession / fill-in-the-blank) going on?” As if as humans we are incapable of multi-tasking. As if by hosting Brad Paisley and company to play country music it will somehow distract from the goal of improving the Cleveland Indians’ team and winning games.
I don’t like country music. I will not be attending this Brad Paisley concert. That being said, I know a lot of people will. If it helps the Indians and the city of Cleveland by bringing people downtown, I am all in favor of it. Who knows? Maybe the next time the fire is heating up for the Tribe and they need a Kerry Wood or Mark DeRosa they will have some extra money around.
This is a world that is constantly evolving and changing around us. Professional sports is an entertainment business. The fact that the Indians are diversifying a bit isn’t a bad thing. It doesn’t mean that they won’t care about baseball. This should all be supplemental. They have the facility. Why not host an event that keeps the lights on an extra night? Why not keep the concession stands open for another night? In the airline industry they call it utilization. You can insert a great many jokes about the Cleveland Indians and the airline industry if you want, but I prefer to give them credit for trying new things and making better use of their fixed assets.