The Cleveland Indians continue on despite the obvious lack of fan support during the stretch run of the 2013 American League season.
The Tribe continues on with a fan base that saw only 35,000 fans attend a 3-game set with the Baltimore Orioles including a Labor Day afternoon game that found just 15,000 fans interested enough to work their way to Progressive Field.
The 3-game set with fellow wild card contender Baltimore with its 35,000 fans, would not have filled Progressive Field once. It says a lot about the fans in Cleveland and their dismissing the Tribe even though the team has a legit shot at one of two AL wild card positions to be awarded to the two best teams that don't win their division title.
The Indians continue on toward a possible AL wild card spot despite being relegated to second class or worse by the print and electronic media who collectively have nothing but Browns stories to bring to the table as the NFL season is about to start.
With all that said, the Tribe marches on with a 3-game series beginning Friday night against the New York Mets, a team that is mailing in the final month and looking forward to 2014 at best.
On the other hand, the Indians (74-65) took two of those three games with Baltimore and are tied with the Orioles at 3.5 games behind Tampa Bay, the team now holding that second wild card spot in the AL.The New York Yankees, at 75-65 are 2.5 games behind the Rays, who are 77-62 on the year.
The Indians begin the series on Friday with Scott Kazmir (7-7) against New York's Zack Wheeler (7-3). Cleveland fans, without a Browns game until Sunday when the Miami Dolphins come to town for a 1 p.m. game, might just come out on Friday, since they always seem to find Progressive Field when its Dollar Dog Night with fireworks.
Despite getting close to Browns tailgate time, the Tribe's 6 p.m. Saturday contest with the Mets also is a give-away, with the first 10,000 fans getting a Michael Bourn T-shirtBut the series ends with a 1 p.m. Sunday game'.
Sunday at 1 p.m. is the same time the tailgaters head out of the parking lots at First Energy Stadium and cheer on the Browns if they are sober enough to watch a team now entering their 15th season without a playoff win since returning to the NFL in 1999.
It's good to be a Browns fan this time of year but it must be tough to be a member of the Indians any time of year.