This has been coming for a while. While I have been a Cleveland sports fan (at least in pro football and baseball) for quite a while, I have to say I have had it. I have been patient and long suffering but now it is time to say no more. Starting today I am officially moving my pro football and baseball loyalties to Detroit.
I have been a Michigan Wolverines fan all of my life, mostly out of spite since my dad went to med school at Ohio State. Likewise I love the Red Wings. I have lived in Michigan a lot over the years and have not really lived at all in Ohio as an adult, including two stints in the Detroit metro area (the first time during the glory days of the Red Wings when they put several Hall of Fame lines on the ice one after another). It has always been a bit weird to root for the Michigan team in hockey and college football but then an Ohio team for pro football and baseball.
Then there is the simple reality that the Indians and the Browns seem to be regressing each year and have no interest in improvement. I get that the Indians are going to be outspent by the Yankees and Red Sox and Dodgers of the world but it often seems like the playoffs are a reunion of former Indians players that were traded away year after year for "prospects" that they develop just long enough to trade them away for more prospects. C.C. Sabathia, Cliff Lee, Victor Martinez, on and on. I don’t expect a World Series champion or even a contender every year but it would be nice to have some sense that the team is trying to improve. The biggest news thus far for the Indians in 2012 is the signing of 93 year old Johnny Damon to provide a "spark" to the offense.THAT should get the fans excited!
So I am done. Time to move on Cleveland. It has been a good ride. Actually scratch that, it has been a horrible ride of disappointment and under-performance.
Go Tigers! Go Lions! God Red Wings!