During last night’s game between the Detroit Tigers and the Cleveland Indians at Cleveland’s Progressive Field, when visiting Tiger fans began chanting “Let’s go Tigers!!!”, Tribe fans were ready.
They sang “Detroit’s Bankrupt!!!”
The derision of Indians’ fans didn’t stop the Tigers from winning their 11th game in a row however. As I write this, the Tigers are beating the Tribe 10-1 in the 5th inning. Max Scherzer will most likely improve to 17-1 and the Tigers will win their 12th in a row and move 7 games up on the Indians in the AL Central.
The people of Cleveland might boast “We’re Not Detroit”, but that isn’t really saying much. In 1978, Cleveland became the first American city to default on its debt payments since The Great Depression (under one Dennis Kucinich) and their credit rating isn’t that much better these days despite the ideas put forward by native son Drew Carey and Reason Magazine.
On a personal note, it was 14 years ago this month that I spent a weekend in Detroit, Cleveland and Cincinnati watching ballgames. My main objective was to see Tiger Stadium before it closed. After that game, I took a cab to the train station. As I rode down Woodward Avenue, I remember seeing Comerica Park on one side of the street and the Fox Theater on the other. Surrounding them was a cross between Beirut and Calcutta.
But in a single day in Cleveland I was mugged and narrowly escaped being mugged a second time. I felt infinitely safer in Detroit than I did in Cleveland.
So yes, Detroit is a basket case. But Cleveland doesn’t exactly have much to brag about either.
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