All of the talk about CC heading to NYC reminded me of this recent article. I think it really hits the mark on what makes Cleveland so unique in its view of NYC (and the Yankees).
Cleveland's relationship with New York, though, always seemed just a little bit different to me, it always seemed that of a little brother or sister who wanted to wear the same clothes. Growing up, I can remember hearing about New York every week in one way or another.
And it seems to me that Cleveland-New York relationship is close to the heart of the story of George Steinbrenner. He grew up in Cleveland. And in a way I've always thought that defined him. He has to be the most famous New Yorker who never really lived in New York. It's the Cleveland in him.
I'm not sure if the connection is still as strong as it was in the 70s and 80s, but I'd agree that it is unique in relation to other cities. I always thought of Cleveland as having New York heart with Midwestern charm.