Cleveland Indians fans are known as a passionate group and just made the list in FanSided’s 2018 edition of the Fandom 250.
It is an interesting time to be a Cleveland Indians fan.
The team has not won the World Series since 1948, but the team has gotten as close as one can get in 2016 and remains a top contender in 2019.
Fans have stuck with the team through it all and show up at No. 247 overall, and No. 9 in MLB, in FanSided’s 2018 Fandom 250. The rankings encompass fandoms not only in sports, but in music, entertainment, and anything that can have fans.
Here is some of what was written about Indians fans:
"The Indians have a long and interesting relationship with the city of Cleveland, largely irrelevant for most of their history dating back to 1901. In 117 seasons, the team has only made the playoffs 13 times. In many years in the 1970s and 1980s, the Indians failed to draw more than a million fans to the park. Cleveland fans, though, have always been Sahara Desert thirsty for a winning club to get behind, and their moment came in the mid-1990s."
A common narrative of late with Indians fans has to do with lack of attendance at games. I have mixed feelings on this as I know many are priced out of attending, but still watch or listen to every game. To me, that is still being a great fan.
The key thing with the fandom is that fans have kept supporting the team through the insanely long title drought. Not all fandoms do that and it is something to be proud of in Cleveland.
The team has a special place in my heart and I can’t imagine a world in which I didn’t spend six months of the year going through the ups and downs of the season. What else would I do? Read?
Anyway, Indians fans are rightfully included in the Fandom 250. The No. 247 ranking may seem low to some, but it is still ninth overall in all of baseball. The list has so many categories that it wouldn’t be right to stack all the sports teams at the top.
Be sure to check out the entire Fandom 250 to see what other fandoms are included. Perhaps you are represented in several.