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article imageCleveland Indians return home to cheering fan, not fans

By Chris V. Thangham     Oct 22, 2007 in Sports
The Cleveland Indians baseball team lost a well-fought game and series to the Boston Red Sox. They returned home early Monday morning where one lone fan welcomed them back.
It was a huge disappointing loss for the Cleveland Indians after dominating the series early on with a 3-1 lead. The game score shows 11-2 in favor of Red Sox, but it was anything but lopsided -- it was close until the top of the eighth inning.
After the long game, some Cleveland players cried but they have nothing to be ashamed of -- they played tough throughout the whole series. The Cleveland Indians have a bright future as most of their players are young and in long contracts so they can come back again strong next year with this year's experience.
With the disappointment left behind in Boston, they thought it wouldn’t be the same in Cleveland. Usually the losing team is received back with a warm welcome by many fans but when the players returned early this morning, all they saw was a lone fan at the Airport cheering for them. Barb Kovalski was at the Cleveland Hopkins International Airport at 4 am to greet the team. She cheered loudly in support of their winning season.
She said she is representing all the fans by being there and cheering for the team.
As newsnet5 reports:
I want them to know I'm here for the rest of the people who couldn't stay up, because I was so keyed up I couldn't sleep. So I just had to let them know we love this team."
She said the fans in Cleveland are disappointed with the loss and it will take a few days to get over it, as most of their sports franchises have suffered bad losses in the past.
During the game, 5,000 Cleveland fans watched the game at Jacobs field, but only a few hundred stayed until the end.
As newsnet5 reports:
Bruce Bertolo of Cleveland said he guesses he's not surprised that the Indians blew an early, three-games-to-one advantage by losing three in a row. He said he's a Cleveland sports fan, which means he's been through a lot.
I hope the fans still support the team, as it is a young team.
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