It’s official — Indians fever has become a serious drain on fans’ wallets.
With Thursday’s thoroughly convincing womping of the Yankees and Friday’s extra-inning thriller, the Indians have restored playoff passion to Cleveland — and its side effects have included big spending for Lorain County fans.
Many Indians fans are showing their Tribe pride by decking themselves out in gobs of Indians garb from head to toe.
Matt Ohlemacher of Elyria left the Cleveland Indians Team Shop in Midway Mall with a last-minute T-shirt before he left for Friday’s game.
“I gotta have a shirt for the game,” he said. “It’s been a while since the last playoff game.”
Six long years, in fact. And Indians faithful are apparently using this playoff drought as a reason to splurge.
Lori Cokinda took Thursday night’s rout as an excuse for a shopping spree. Her arms were piled high with Indians merchandise of every shape and size, and she grinned optimistically.
“I’ve got to have enough for a different outfit for each game through the World Series,” the Port Clinton native said. “I’ll probably spend $400 on merchandise today.”
Coupled with the $150 she expected to pay for a ticket to Friday’s game, it seems that high scores and high hopes may lead to high expenses.
“It’s completely worth it, though,” she said as she assessed a $20 Indians T-shirt, before adding, “Go Tribe!”
Even those not attending Friday’s game at Jacobs Field felt obliged to be a part of the buying frenzy.
Germaine Gluvna of Lorain was hoping to bring the postseason fever a little closer to home.
“We’re having a small party at our house,” she said.
But that doesn’t mean she can’t dress the part of a die-hard fan.
“My husband and I need new shirts for the game,” Gluvna said, proudly holding up her “It’s Tribe Time” shirt for her and the “Indians’ Ground Crew” shirt for her husband.
Between banners, shirts, jackets, caps, socks, balls and posters, Indians fans have countless opportunities to show their support — and they’re doing just that.
“Everyone has to get in on this excitement,” Gluvna said.
And apparently that means buying as many shirts as you can carry.
If the Indians make it to the World Series, it could be at the expense of many local residents’ bank accounts.
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