In an age where multimedia is flooded with the penchant for big-city bias, a recent study that was published by the Wall Street Journal lists the Cleveland Indians as the most-hated team in Major League Baseball.
Using an algorithm provided by Nielsen Co. – the same firm responsible for various ratings throughout the mediasphere – that gauges personal feelings towards teams a ranks them on what is called a “sentiment scale.” And while most fans of baseball would assume that the ever-hated New York Yankees would be on the Mt. Everest of sports hate, the Pinstripes came in fifth behind the Indians, Red Sox, Reds and Astros.
Judging by the teams that top the list, the algorithm appears to weed out jealousy-based hate, opting to focus more on the displeasure with overall results; fans villifying their own team. If this is in fact the case, it comes as no surprise that the Indians would be among those with the most negative sentiment. There are fewer teams in all of baseball with a passionate fan base that has had to endure such futility for the most part of the last decade.
All the Wahoo Bucks in the world will not mean a thing to Indians fans until the team regularly competes, plain and simple. Trotting out players like Jason Michaels and David Dellucci while your competition opts for guys like Carlos Quentin and Miguel Cabrera is not going to get it done.
With that said… Congratulations, Dolans. Your team has finally won something.
(AP Photo/Joseph Darwal)