Monday, September 26, 2011

Twitter and #Indians fans

I have been a fan of the Cleveland Indians since I knew what baseball was. I love the team and know that it won't always have a winning season.

Too bad the Cleveland Twitterverse doesn't feel the same way. During every game, my Twitter stream has been full of hatred toward the Tribe.

How mean is the Cleveland Twitterverse? Mean enough that Matt LaPorta deleted his Twitter account after fan harassment. That's cyber bullying.

If you don't like the Indians and how they're playing, don't watch. Why even waste the energy typing about it?

The whole situation reminds me of a blog post from Railbird J Slim, which said social media is making us mean and rude (in slightly more PG language). There are plenty of more productive things you could be doing with your time than complaining about something over which you have no control. (And yes, I know I could spend my time doing something more productive than complaining about complainers, but I'm almost finished here.)

It was a rough season, but I'm not a fair-weather fan (which is something else that garners complaints in the Cleveland Twitterverse). I'm going to like the Indians whether they're in first place or last, and I'm not going to harass players or fans who think otherwise.

-- Cheryl Sadler | | @nhcheryl

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