No Indians fans I know were happy last night that the team lost to the Rockies. I know this because we are all Indians fans and we want them to win, obviously. Even giving that some negativity is sure to result whenever the team loses, I find a lot of the overreaching negativity on Twitter to be a bit embarrassing after a loss. There are way too many clichés about how long baseball season is, but that’s because they are all true. Somehow that fact doesn’t mix very well in the instant gratification world of Twitter.
I can’t tell anyone how to act, but I also don’t have to sit idly by as fellow fans on Twitter virtually flip cars and riot after every loss. It isn’t anything new, mind you. The reactionary fan is what sports radio relies on for their 10th inning shows. I just thought in a place like social media where you don’t have to wait to get on the air and you can talk as long as you want that it might be a bit more rational.
Scream all you want about umpires who make bad calls, but I’ll never understand incensed fans tweeting at players, Mark Shapiro and manager Manny Acta. What, exactly do you hope to accomplish? I know you are angry that Fausto Carmona was nearly listless on the mound again. We all were. Telling Mark Shapiro that Carmona should be designated for assignment is another thing altogether.
I know Fausto is frustrating to watch right now, but it would be like coming across a broken door in your house and instead of fixing it you would prefer to rip it off the hinges toss it in the front yard, cover it in gasoline and light it on fire. I’ll even admit that one time when I couldn’t fix a door handle in my house, I preferred to take a hammer and screw driver to it in a violent act of destruction. It’s true. Ask my wife. Point is though, I knew I wasn’t being rational. I get the feeling that some of the most negative people who tweet during games actually believe some of the outlandish things they recommend the team do with regard to personnel.
Back to baseball. Even if the Indians did eventually get to the point where they thought it made sense to just cut Carmona loose, it wouldn’t be in a fit of rage after a fifth inning implosion. The point is that the Indians want to do the right things to win baseball games. Mark Shapiro, Chris Antonetti and Manny Acta want it too. Even if it satisfies some cathartic craving for you to tweet a bunch of negativity at them, I am not sure what you hope to gain. Trust me when I tell you they know how you feel.
They’re on Twitter so they open themselves up to whatever fans feel like sending them. That includes all the positivity that comes along with every win with hashtags like #Windians #RollTribe or whatever else. The positivity is probably just as reactionary and over-the-top as the negativity, I guess, but for some reason that seems normal. As for the negativity, I don’t blame anyone for feeling it. We are all entitled. Still, it is reasonable to wonder why some of you feel like expressing what you do and in the manner in which you express it.
Shouldn’t we try to not get too high or low with each win or loss just like the team? Is it the cumulative effect of a struggling Fausto? Does that make it all right? You know where I stand on it. Tell me what you think.