Evan Dawson



Calling Hey Jaysie


Hey, Hoynsie: I only know two things in this world ... I am sick of the Tribe crying "mid-market" and that the money is in TV. Can't the Dolans leverage their family's cable experience to turn STO into their primary revenue stream/profit center? When is the Cavs' FSN contract up? Why don't they telecast/simulcast high-rated sports talk radio shows? Telecast poker tournaments held at Gilbert's casino? There are about 15,000 Law & Order reruns out there to buy at a reasonable price. Build a cable network and dedicate the profits on being 15th in payroll each and every year already. What excuses do you suspect the Dolans would volley back to me if posed with these questions? -- Patrick Yarnevic, Lakewood Hey, Patrick: First, I think Larry Dolan would say that he has no connection to his brother, Charles, and his Cablevision and professional sports empire. Second, Paul Dolan would tell you that STO and the Indians are separate companies connected by the rights deal to air Tribe programming. Third, I think they'd both tell you to cut back on the coffee.

Yanks to everyone else: Stop whining and spend more money


You can't make this stuff up. I guess cousin Jay is going to bar Randy from the next family pot luck. Seriously, though, isn't this exactly why the misunderstandings about baseball economics live on? I'm speaking more about the spineless "reporter" who could barely lift a finger to insert any relevant facts here.

Worst Sports Column Ever Written


I mean by a mile. Imagine every bad column by Sheldon or Livingston or whomever. Those become Pulitzer-worthy compared to this.

Rondon Walks a Pair, Pulled After 6 In AAA Debut


Wait, is that what they call "burying the lead?"


Is Our Fans Learning?

I can't take credit for the concept of this post; it comes from the mind of one of the site's leaders, who thought it might be humorous / cathartic / massochistic / instructive. So here's what I've...

Trade Cliff Lee?


We sometimes over-state the impact bad sportswriting has on fans. But this is a perfect example of a piece that can only make people dumber. There are so many things wrong with it, starting with the asinine headline. I'm serious: I don't think anyone at the PD sports department gives a damn about content, quality, or accuracy. It's about driving traffic. Jesus. Edited: The full piece is now linked, but the PD Tribe section has a condensed version with the headline, Will the Cleveland Indians "pull a CC" and trade Cliff Lee at midseason?

The spectators in many of the priciest seats disappeared, too. Some of the tickets were unsold, and...


The spectators in many of the priciest seats disappeared, too. Some of the tickets were unsold, and other spectators with tickets closest to the infield spent time inside the three areas serving them free food, leaving empty blue seats. "We saw that. I don't think I've ever seen that at Yankee Stadium," said Jensen Lewis.

Mystique = empty seats and sterile atmosphere.

Bud Shaw Hasn't Read the Annual.


"Only Hafner knows how his shoulder felt this time a year ago," Shaw writes. Actually, only Hafner and the readers of the Annual know he felt frustrated by a shoulder that could produce a prodigious bomb and then shut down entirely days later. Jay, send Bud a copy! I'm curious to know how many Cleveland writers will check it out and learn from Jay's work. Also, that headline in Shaw's story is absurd. I missed the game thread with Hafner's first appearance yesterday, boo. I think I would have felt very nervous for the Deranged Penguin (is that the name, Adam?).

Why Are Some Fans So Angry?


This is not a demand for Hey Jaysie, or Hey Jay-Z, though either would be sweet. In fact, I think Hoynes is at his relative best here. But just read the questions he selects; you'd think we have a baseball team that is paid in scratch-off tickets and Bazooka Joe. Jean wants to know why it's "so hard" to take on additional payroll, as if it's anything more than Econ 101. Tom wants to know why the Sabathia trade should be viewed with anything other than scorn. Marty wants to know if the Dolans are just "using fans to make money." (Hey Marty: Of course they are! It's called capitalism!) So honestly, why are fans so angry? Do you guys know any fans who talk like this? They seem to be more than just uninformed; they're furious. (And just for laughs, please read the Joe Beimel question. So, so awesome).

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