If you have grown up as a baseball fan, you know that one of the cardinal rules of the game is that you root for your home team. It doesn’t matter if they are lousy and another team is better. Your home team is your team. Even moving doesn’t change the tie. After the age of ten, your home team is your team for life. As someone who grew up a Cleveland Indians fan, I have been tempted by baseball disloyalty for most of my adult life.
The last time the Indians were in the World Series was 1954 (they lost in four straight games), and in the intervening years the Tribe has been a sorry lot. Bad trades, mental illness that ruined a star first basemen, a boating accident that killed two pitchers have made the Indians a marked
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