So here’s how weird things get when there’s a star of the magnitude of LeBron James around. A New York newspaper will write a column discussing why a Cleveland Cavaliers player should do something to help the Cleveland Indians sell tickets. The New York Daily News had this on Saturday.
So here’s what LeBron can do: From now until the end of baseball’s regular season, he should make regular appearances at Progressive Field, where the Indians play. And we’re not talking about him sitting behind home plate, where only those near him would recognize him without the use of a TV monitor. He needs to be on the field, waving to the crowd, getting people excited about the team, and the city, again.
From this Clevelander’s perspective I know a couple things. First, I think it would work. Second, I think it would be incredibly sad for the Indians and Major League Baseball. Third, it would be a complete waste of LeBron James’ well-earned star capital.
For as angry as I was with LeBron for leaving and how bitter I was about the way he left, he spends his time mostly on meaningful causes. He donates healthily to his alma mater in Akron. He does his bike charity. He’s even doing a special “Rehab Addict” with Nicole Curtis via his LeBron James Family Foundation to help ten families in the Akron area.
Yes, it would be fun for Indians fans and Cleveland fans in general. Yes, it would work and it would be pretty special to see the Cleveland sports community really draw together for the common good of the city’s sports fans, but I just can’t take this all that seriously.
This is the kind of talk that follows LeBron James. On a side note, what are the chances that Mark Shapiro forwarded a link to LeBron’s crew? “Hey Rich! Whaddaya think? ttyl – Mark”