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Well, unless you’ve been living under a rock…

September 14, 2017

21button.jpeg (Just to be clear: I like the Graphic, but the Indians’ streak is legit.) 

Here it is, folks: having broken the AL record yesterday and tying the MLB record in the procress, the Cleveland Indians go for the longest winning streak in baseball history tonight against the Royals.

Wow.

So an open question: is (North) America living under a rock, or an NFL shield, or something else?

It’s a story, the Indians, but not of the scale I expect.

Why isn’t this the biggest sports story not of the day, but of the (non-Olympic) year? Why isn’t the general media breathlessly reporting every trip that Francisco Lindor takes to the bathroom?

A quick google-search reveals that more stories have been written this year about the Cleveland Indians’ controversial logo than about the streak.

A few possibilities:

  1. Baseball just isn’t as relevant as it used to be (as, say, in the days of the screengrab above)
  2. It’s a feel-good story, and the media hates feel-good stories if it can run a feel-bad story.
  3. Cleveland’s a small market, and what national interest there is re: Cleveland is focused on Lebron James
  4. NFL/Hurricane/DACA/Kim Jong-Un/Kim Kardashian/etc.

If I knew, I’d tell you. Opinions?

 

 

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3 Comments
  1. 85DowntheCrow permalink

    By this point in a 162 game season only hard core fans care about anything besides playoff races. Casual fans are tired of baseball by September. I bet they would have gotten more coverage had the streak happened in May.

    Also they’re a small market team with no real household names and most of their stars outside of Kluber are Latino and unfortunately I’d guess that has an effect on media coverage.

  2. elramaba permalink

    New York, Chicago, or L.A. team…..it would be lead story on regular news

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