Support Local Journalism. Join the Cleveland Scene Press Club.

Friday, August 24, 2007

File it Under “No S*#t”: ESPN Names Grady Sizemore Face of the Franchise

Posted By on Fri, Aug 24, 2007 at 6:01 PM

sizemoreSI.jpg
We know – you’re shocked. Clearly, some of us wanted to believe that, deep down, our female fans really lusted for Shin-Soo Choo. So naturally we bit when ESPN posted findings from its Major League Baseball “Face of the Franchise” poll. We had to see for ourselves what this ragtag collection of writers, bloggers, and old pros, along with a poll of fandom at large, would decide. ESPN asked two of its own, Rob Neyer and Eric Young, Anthony Castrovince of MLB.com, and Ryan Richards of Let’s Go Tribe!, a popular team blog, to consider “skill, popularity, historical and future impact and a host of intangibles” in determining which member of the Tribe – current player, manager, executive, mascot, or symbol – best represented the team. All four and the fans picked Grady. Neyer’s analysis dug deepest (what do you expect from a guy who writes baseball books with stat-geek messiah Bill James?). He quoted Indians vice-president Bob DiBiasio on Grady’s meat-marketability: "Our female market demographic research showed there were 200 percent more women watching Indians games last season. Grady is the big reason." Then Neyer dropped a little-known genealogical nugget, which transcend both his stats and sex appeal:
And then there's this: When the Indians celebrated Jackie Robinson Day this spring, Sizemore wore No. 42. This might have surprised a lot of people, as very few "white" players chose to wear Robinson's number. Here's the thing, though: Sizemore's father is African-American. Just like Derek Jeter. Sizemore wants to encourage African-American kids to play baseball. It's not at all clear how that will work out. But the very idea of this (apparently) white superstar reaching out to black kids is more than a little intriguing.
That’s true, Rob. There are plenty of articles about the shrinking number of black players in baseball – the Tribe’s own C.C. Sabathia has become an advocate for black youth in the game. But right now, I want someone to tell me this: Who the hell is the face of the Browns? -- Jason Nedley

We welcome readers to submit letters regarding articles and content in Cleveland Scene. Letters should be a minimum of 150 words, refer to content that has appeared on Cleveland Scene, and must include the writer's full name, address, and phone number for verification purposes. No attachments will be considered. Writers of letters selected for publication will be notified via email. Letters may be edited and shortened for space.

Email us at [email protected].

Support Local Journalism.
Join the Cleveland Scene Press Club


Local journalism is information. Information is power. And we believe everyone deserves access to accurate independent coverage of their community and state. Our readers helped us continue this coverage in 2020, and we are so grateful for the support.


Help us keep this coverage going in 2021. Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing membership pledge, your support goes to local-based reporting from our small but mighty team.


Join the Cleveland Scene Press Club for as little as $5 a month.

Read the Digital Print Issue

January 5, 2022

View more issues

Newsletters

Never miss a beat

Sign Up Now

Subscribe now to get the latest news delivered right to your inbox.

Calendar

© 2022 Cleveland Scene: 737 Bolivar Rd., Suite 4100, Cleveland, OH 44115, (216) 505-8199
Logos and trademarks on this site are property of their respective owners.


Website powered by Foundation