Something pointed out by one of the most frequent commenters to this site on ESPN.com today… On the front page of the MLB section the worldwide leader is kind to the Tribe with the headline and caption giving credit to the team for beating the star-laden Tigers in the series opener. Then in the related posts section, they seem to have a quote from Derek Lowe that asks, “Where are our fans?” To be fair, it isn’t indicating a quote, but it is seemingly paraphrasing the substance of something Derek Lowe might have said, right? (See ESPN screen shot.)
Well, after listening to the audio interview with Derek Lowe talking to Doug Gottlieb, it is hard to figure out how they summarized Lowe’s statements that way. Here is the substance of what Lowe said regarding attendance when asked by the ESPN host.
“My take is who am I to tell people to come to games? I think this still is a fantastic sports town. For me speaking, I can’t worry about if people come or don’t come. Clearly we’d all love to have a sold out crowd, but it’s not there. You know, if you just keep winning and winning and winning. Either way we have no control if they come or they do not come. Again, it’d be great if they were here, but if not, our job is to go out there and play the game of baseball.”
This was followed by Doug Gottlieb claiming Derek Lowe could recruit fans by coming out with a Pacers jersey after the next game to indicate that he hates LeBron James.
I am sympathetic when it comes to headlines because I really do stink at it more times than not. All the same, with all the easily available material about the Indians and their attendance woes available via Chris Perez, was it really necessary to portray another Cleveland Indians player (especially a veteran like Derek Lowe) as possibly proclaiming to wonder “Where are our fans?”