Bewitched, you have a VERY selective memory. To say Albert Belle was not loved and defended mercilously by this city is just plain WRONG. When he gave a cheap shot elbow running the bases, this city defended him. When he corked his bat, this city defended him. When he chased some kids down in his SUV, this city defended him.<quoted text>
Wrong again. Back then Manny and Albert weren't fan favorites. Belle especially.
Wrong again. LeBron is not just liked for his athletic abilities, he's LOVED for what he has done for Akron, Cleveland and NE Ohio.
Wrong again. Loyalty is NOT blind, it is genuine. And judging by your posts, you don't know anything about class.
Wrong again. You're a hypocrite, not a Christian. It's ok for you to be a fan of Manny and Albert Belle, but condemn those of us who are fans of LeBron?
And the fans were VERY angry at Thome for leaving, like a lover scorned. Again, rather than placing the blame on management, fans couldn't understand why someone might want to leave fair Cleveland for a better situation. Actually, I was a sports writer at the time Thome left and I could not believe the fan reaction. One of my colleagues actually wrote a column entitled "Thome the Phoney".
Now, you, being from Akron may stay loyal to LeBron regardless of his jersey. But I can guarantee, if he leaves, he will be despised by the majority.