This made my day...love SP and I love rare videos of their songs played acoustically.
This is the type of image that young black males in Akron or any other city DON'T need, and the type of barbaric activity that may be reduced if someone like LeBron James personally addressed it in public.
None of them are even good their raps haves no sense little Wayne is playing Dr.Sues with his terrible rhymes. I am not a fan of any of the young money members
I invented this. It was called Battle Of The Worst Bands. Did first one at Pat's In The Flats and several more at The Phantasy. John Walsh was my partner on this. The Ghoul was host. Winning band was a metal band from "France" called Ouiphuctor. Cleveland's Ugliest all girl band The Bambies came in second. Uncle Salty was a band that did Aerosmith songs with a horn section and Pull My Finger just played Inna Godda Davida until we unplugged them. There was also a little cutie named Sleazy Jesus and The Splatter Pigs. This was around 1991.
I was one of the main girls at Caesars Circus and Door George was an excellent bodyguard and did his job well, much appreciated,much love Risque Rachel.
I have always been a supporter of Delonte. He is a very skilled athlete who is now in a good place with a beautiful family. I would love too see him back in the nba, especially in Cleveland:)
"Boost the hits of the site". Well thank you for boosting their hits, if you don't care why do you read it? Oh.... You're one of those guys.
Beautiful family! They need to be cheering for him court side!!
good point, joe. better teams like the ones in the '90s put meat in the seats. other factors contributed to those great draws and it would be tough to duplicate that success now. i submit that ownership doesn't believe that the cost necessary to put together a title contender would be offset enough by the increased revenue that comes in as a result of their success. they are looking to maximize their profits. putting together the most competitive team with the least feasible amount of money possible.
The Indians want to provide a "new exciting fan experience"? I would have been excited to sign John Lester or David Price or how about the big bat we've needed for about a decade? We sold out 455 straight games (the all-time record until Boston ran off 820) when Dick Jacobs some how managed to put a great team out on the field in our "small market". It's not about video games and trendy food stands-it's about putting a better product out there for us to go spend our hard earned money on!
Exactly!!! Buy tickets to take your kids to play in a playground etc etc. What a joke. Take the game out of the equation? Like, what is wrong with this picture????? So much for " Take me out to the ballgame!". Instead its " Take me out to ummm do stuff".
We agree with Doug! Here is an alternative plan, free tickets, $12 beers (just like now), pay to pee and remodel only the trash chutes.....
I hope the "Neighborhood" area includes Hough and Slavic Village!
I hope the "Neighborhood" area includes Crocker Park and Legacy Village!
How many trolls did the front office send this way? These renovations sound absolutely awful. News flash - Cleveland is a poor city with many residents in the lower middle class and below poverty level. Building a North Coast Disney World is not going to interest anyone besides the transplants downtown and the Shaker Heights crowd for whom this was never about baseball but about seeing and being seen. Doug, nice work and solid criticism. A return to form, a slight reduction in seats, reasonable prices and some tasteful landscaping would be all that is needed to accomplish what the front office is seeking to accomplish by baiting the rich and distractable. As a so-called Millenial, I resent the notion that this is what "we" want - we want good baseball and we want an affordable and engaging experience directed at Clevelanders and fans and not just to the people with deep pockets.
Wish it would come from our reps.
I don't know which is worse, that an article with such basic lack of thought and understanding gets titled as "analysis" or that this kind of snark and sarcasm is what passes for journalism these days. I guess that is what we are left with in this dying industry. I wish I could place here just a few simple thoughts, but a column so rife with inaccuracies just begs for a point by point take down. Lets start at the top.
The writer leads off by making the argument that the team is doing this instead of making the team better. This is false. Having a modern facility for both the players and fans in integral to maximizing revenue. As another commenter pointed out, the Indians of the early 90's did just this, improving the facilities and team concurrently. Even though we don't need a new ballpark, up keep is needed to keep things fresh and friendly to the fans. Just look at Atlanta, who are building a new park even though their current one is even younger than the Jake.
Not once mentioned in this analysis is the fact that the improvements are completely privately funded. This is key as it has been shown time and time again that public money for sports facilities does not provide any actual improvement for the community. Also unmentioned is the fact that the concessions company is footing part of the bill. Since this doesn't seem to be enough to convince him that this team is not hurting player payroll with these improvements, I can only be lead to believe that he thinks the concession company should be kicking in part of the player salaries as well.
"To reiterate: they're removing seats to boost attendance (the percentage of empty seats will be less, I guess)."
This statement is willfully ignorant. The seat removal is part of the project, but not actually a way they are boosting attendance nor does it factor in how attendance is calculated. As the author mentions (twice) the attendance is more than low enough to increase even if seats are removed.
"Analysis: People love foliage. Foliage at the gate will bring people in."
What is wrong with keeping the park attractive?
"Analysis: The people who have wished their stadiums were more like an Applebee's will sure be thrilled with this one. When I feel like going out to eat and drink in Ohio City or Tremont, I'll make sure to go to Progressive Field instead of actually going to the neighborhoods."
We are proud of our town. Why not give people that come into town for a game a taste of what the city has to offer. You would prefer faceless "hot dog" and "beer" stands?
"Analysis: Who, exactly, are the fans who consistently tell the Indians they want "a more customized, socially connected fan experience"? In a addition to being a "millenial" (yuck) sports fan, I know a lot of "millenial" sports fans and I've never, ever heard those terms said. If those terms were actually said, it's beyond me why Indians would interpret that as building a bar so people with tickets can watch the game inside, on TV, away from everybody else."
I spent much of my time at a game this week at the centerfield bar, watching the games and hanging with other fans. Areas like this allow an amount of interaction that the seats don't. Plus, I love being at the stadium, and I love being at the bar, why wouldn't I love to be at a bar at a stadium? And the stadium is open for more than just first pitch to last out. This looks like a great place to have a few SHOTS during bp.
"Analysis: Why take a kid to a game if you're just going to supervise them here? Just got to a McDonald's."
Kids love going to games. But you know what they don't love? Paying attention to the same thing for two or three hours at a time. This gives their parents an option if they get restless, and hopefully helps breed young Indians fans, that will someday grow into adult, ticket buying Indians fans. Kids are a great merch draw, and getting them in front of it will help it sell.
"Analysis: If you need arcade games, just go to a Dave and Busters."
The games they have now graw great, why not add more?
"It'll be an awesome day when the people who run sports teams realize the best way to actually increase "fan experience" is affordable tickets and putting together a good team that people want to watch. If you cater to people who don't really like baseball, all you'll get is people who don't really like baseball."
This might be the wrongest wrong that has ever been wronged. Baseball fans are always going to go to baseball games, because they love baseball. The best way to increase revenue is to get NON fans to the games, because their tickets pay the same as fan's tickets, and hopefully you can generate some new fans this way.
I am not sure I am going to like all of these changes, but I bet I will like some. I am glad the team is willing to spend some of their own money to improve my experience. They certainly look to have more potential than the author gives them credit for.
I really like the idea of exposing new people to some of the foods available in the city. If you like it at the ballpark odds are you will go there during the offseason I don't see how this does anything except boost revenue and drive traffic to the local eateries that participate.
Then again, I am not a millenial, maybe they hate the idea of the businesses they support making more money or having it to share it with non-hipsters who didn't know it was cool before it was cool.
I would love to see the area behind home plate renovated to get rid of the clutter (remove the dugout suites, etc.). Many ballparks now have simple brick walls behind the batters box that look much better. I imagine the Indians could charge a ton of money (good luck getting takers) to buy seats even closer to the action.
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