Spheroid: My Life as a Tribe Fan

Hafner

With the notable exception of the Cubs (1906), the Indians have the longest drought without a world championship dating back to 1948 and the days of Bullet Bob Feller. There were some close calls in the 1990s (1995 and 1997 World Series appearances), and there were those earlier days when a movie like "Major League" defined some tough times for an Indians fan. Now Cleveland is a team on the rise behind players like Travis Hafner, and Mat chronicles it all in My Life as a Tribe Fan. Here are Nine Questions with today’s featured Spheroid:

1. Why did you sign up for an MLBlog?

Because just like the mountain, it was there!

I have always been fascinated by the strange bond baseball and writing held over the years. When I saw the opportunity to take part in some small way, I figured what the heck.

2. What is your favorite thing about blogging?

Proving to all my former English teachers that those high grades were unjustified. This proves everybody else right, I was a slacker.

Larrydoby3. What is the last post you commented on and why?

To be honest, I haven’t commented on a post. Well, okay, maybe I have in an indirect way. I read Tommy Lasorda’s first post (about Jackie Robinson) and wrote a post about Larry Doby, titled When Second Place isn’t First Loser.

4. What is your favorite team and why?

The Indians, ’cause you root, root, root for the home team. Despite what people tell me are obvious reason I could have liked a "better" team, I love baseball and the Indians are my team. I can’t imagine supporting anybody else.

5. Favorite blogs of any kind, including at least one MLBlog:

Ball Four by Jim Bouton. Sure, it is a bit dated and only available in this strange paper format, but it has always been one of my favorite blogs. I enjoy most of the blogs on MLBlogs.com, but Brooks Robinson’s is always a great read.

6. Last thing you bought at the MLB.com Shop:

A nice new set of Indians hats, which has made me upset that I am not Zaphod Beeblebrox.

Lenbarker7. Your most memorable Major League moment:

Two weeks after watching Bert Blyleven lose a no-hitter in the ninth, Large Lenny Barker pitched a perfect game. Dad and I were all set to go, but Mom thought it was a bit too cold and it was a school night. I don’t know what was more fun, watching the game on TV or harassing Mom to this day.

8. Let’s hear the elevator speech for why to see your MLBlog:

Because I’ll make you feel better about your writing ability? I promise to never post a picture of me in a thong! I love the history of baseball and the Indians. I have been a fan during the lean years and I can promise you’ll learn a few things and get some strange Northeast Ohio reference along the way.

9. Happiness is . . .

Enjoying a game in person, or on TV if Mom is cold.

Thanks for Mat for the MLBlogs birthday post. Visit his blog, and feel free to email us your responses to those questions if you’d like to be highlighted in this community.

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