I'm up here in Sandusky vacationing with the family at Great Wolf Lodge. I got to sit in the sports bar there, while the kids were enjoying the water park, and watch the Reds-Indians game.
Them ex-Reds (Boone) always find a way to haunt us.
Anyway - read this interesting article on the fan's displeasure with owner Dolan, and it brought all too familiar sentiments as a Red's fan.
I removed each individual responder's email address (didn't feel it would be proper to post them).....
Disgruntled Indians fans aim at Dolan
Monday, July 03, 2006
Who is to blame for the Indians' season?
Owner Larry Dolan. No doubt. The way he crowed about how much money he will make with his (awful) cable network (you know, the one where the video constantly freezes) and was rubbing his money in the faces of the fans. He apparently doesn't grasp how sports works. You put out a great product and the money comes later, not the other way around.
I guess it has to start at the top with the lack of money Dolan will spend on the team, that trickles down and makes it harder on the GM. Mark Shapiro is not without blame, either, though the misread on Brandon Phillips will hurt our team for a while. A couple years ago, he was our shortstop of the future, and Jhonny Peralta was penciled in at third. If we stuck with the plan, we wouldn't have had to trade Coco Crisp this year for Andy Marte. That trade was made for the future, but hurt us this year when we were supposed to contend. Losing the pitchers we did also hurt. With that said, there is a lot of talent on this team that is being terribly coached. This lands on the manager. How do you expect the players to play fundamental baseball when the manager doesn't know what it is? Eric Wedge is not a good manager. He is the ultimate reason we are under .500. A bunt or hit-and- run would be nice once in a while. Wedge has to go, and he has to go soon.
While it is extremely tempting to write "This is all Mr. Dolan's fault" in large letters, I tend to blame the mischievous sprite who shook fairy dust over last year's team and made some people, especially Mr. D., believe that the same fluky outcome could be conjured up every year on a relatively low payroll with retread pitchers and journeyman players. But as long as Grady Sizemore gets out there every day and plays like his hair's on fire, there's always a chance the other players will ignite. Don't give up hope!
Unquestionably the major blame lies with the lack of financial ability and willingness on the part of the Dolans to spend a reasonable amount on payroll. After missing the playoffs by one game, a good owner would have spent the money to improve the team, not let Kevin Millwood, Scott Elarton and Bob Howry get away only to be replaced by mediocre players at best, such as Jason Johnson and Guillermo Mota. Now the organization is beginning its campaign to discredit Ronnie Belliard, Aaron Boone and even Bob Wickman so that they can be replaced next year with low cost minor- league prospects. Looks like we will be "rebuilding" again next year. Such is the Indians hopeless fate of being owned by the Dolans! Can anyone interest Cavs owner Dan Gilbert?
This has to fall on you, Mr. Dolan. Every off- season move is fiscally motivated and your purse strings are so tight, Shapiro's left with few viable options. Instead of signing proven free agents, he's forced to scour the waiver wires and hang out in hospital waiting rooms. It's an expensive hobby, you knew this going in. The rules didn't change the day your check cleared. We no longer play in a division of patsies, and the novelty of the shiny new ballpark has faded, so if you want to fill the 500 level, it's time to ante up. Like it or not, we live in a football town, and prosperity through mediocrity is a luxury only the Browns can afford.