Originally Posted by MasonBuzz3
that's strange, when I lived in the dorms almost every kid owned that movie and loved it. It might be a cultural thing with most the college kids too young to grasp the decades of losing, but I was taken to a game by the Indians this semester and saw a ton of Vaughn jerseys at the game
That could be. I moved to the area in 1979 and have more experience with the 30+ crowd who lived through the era of bad Indians baseball. I don't think younger Indians fans understand just how plausible the movie's premise was. Of course, they were never owned by a stripper, but there were times in the pre-Jacobs era where it seemed like the Indians ownership was set on driving down fan interest to justify a team move.
The fact that Milwaukee's County Stadium served as a stand-in for Cleveland Municipal Stadium didn't help either. If you spent any time watching the Indians at the old stadium, you can the difference. County Stadium just didn't have that cavernous feel of the Indians' old home. Plus, older Indians fans have seen so much of County Stadium because of their old division ties to the Brewers that it's blatantly obvious to those who know that doesn't feel right. It's kind of like if a film about the Big Red Machine and filmed all the scenes at Busch Stadium or Three Rivers. Most people won't notice a difference, but people from the city who have an intimate knowledge of Riverfront would know and it would just make you feel weird. Kind of like the "uncanny valley" feeling you get from watching computer generated people who look almost, but not quite human.