Regardless, with the Cavs a NBA Finals candidate(they just added Kyle Korver recently), the Indians cannot count on fans showing up with most people likely to prefer watching LeBron James next door over Edwin and a bunch of players that are barely recognizable outside of Cleveland.
Plus, attendance is poor in the spring due to the cold weather in Cleveland in April and May..
The only way Cleveland players will get recognized is if the team WINS..
With 81 home games, it's tough to sell out every game in Cleveland especially when the weather is usually shit in April/early May. Even in Toronto, it's not like April/May games are all sold out except maybe on weekends, and still its easy to get a ticket. Tickets are cheap in Cleveland, though still $15 USD per game, plus food/beers would add up if the average joe goes to 3-4 games per week. And beer prices aren't that cheap in Cleveland at the ballpark, especially when doing the USD/CAD conversion. Also, have to factor in that that walk-up crowds in Toronto are significantly larger than in Cleveland. Cleveland's downtown is pretty much a ghost town, and it's not like many people live in condos in the downtown Cleveland area as they do in Toronto.
So like you said, I don't think it has to do with the notion that Clevelanders can't afford to attend games. While I'm sure money does play a small factor, there are other numerous factors at play.
I couldn't imagine leaving my big screen tv to go and pay to watch the browns play in the cold.
intentional wok (01-09-2017)