Some diseases don’t ever fully disappear; they just go into remission. Such is the case with Tribe Fever.
With the Cleveland Indians in first place in the AL Central, a new strain of Tribe Fever is showing up all over Northeast Ohio. Here are twelve signs you might be coming down with the bug.
- You attend a game with first-pitch temperatures hovering in the mid 40’s. And you actually enjoy it.
- You can name all five pitchers in the Indians starting rotation. (This becomes trickier, since one just went on the DL.)
- You check the weather forecast in cities where the Indians are playing on the road.
- You start referring to the team in casual conversations as “we” instead of “they”. As in, “We swept the Red Sox!” opposed to “They might not be so sh!#$%”.
- You consider purchasing real estate in “Pronkville”.
- You actively seek out a schedule to hang on your refrigerator.
- You missed the tax deadline because the Indians in a pennant race stole all of your attention.
- You have an opinion about where Grady Sizemore should hit in the Indians lineup. “He should bat leadoff because he’s most comfortable there.” or“No, he strikes out to much and has too much power, he should bat fifth,” etc…
- You mull over buying a jersey with a name on the back, even though chances are good he’ll be gone in a few years.
- You utter the words “Indians” and “playoffs” in the same sentence without a hint of sarcasm or ridicule.
- You attend a game to see baseball, not post-game fireworks.
- You don’t care that it’s only April. You’re just ready to sit back and enjoy some winning baseball in Cleveland again.