Mailbag: A postcard from Cleveland

November 05, 2008 | Nestor Aparicio

FROM THE MAILBAG:

nestor:

by the way, made the trip to cleveland last weekend. found the town and 99% of the people to be great. unfortunately there was one dude about 7 rows behind my 2 sons and i that seemed to have a problem with us wearing the purple.

there were some pretty hairy moments, particularly after they scored 10 unanswered to take the lead. i thought i might be watching most of the 2nd half from the lock-up.

needless to say, it suddenly got real quiet in the 4th quarter.

we had a blast.

signed,

brad

Hey Brad:

Well done…send along a pic from the roadie and I’ll post it from now on…

My videos are on wnstv…check ‘em out…
I go every year and I almost have a routine at this point.

I love the RTA…

I love the flight…

I love Paninis…I always order the turkey and the cole slaw and fries are the bomb!
I love paying $20 to a scalper for a ticket…

I have great memories of Cleveland…from the 1995 World Series, the 1996 playoffs, Oilers trips back in the 1980′s, Indians games at the old ballpark, nights with Ohio’s finest in the Flats, buddies at Baldwin-Wallace college who I met on a spring break trip…

I’ve seen Springsteen, The Who, Phil Collins, Def Leppard, The Alarm, The Smithereens…tons of bands and trips to Cleveland on Southwest Airlines for $19.

I’ve had many, many, man fun nights in Cleveland. Probably as many in Cleveland as any other place besides Baltimore on earth…
I get to catch up with Phil Savage…

I love the trip…wouldn’t miss it!

BUT…I REALLY love the trip when we kick their asses and I get to watch their fans mercilessly boo the home team…
I honestly don’t recall ever going to Cleveland and NOT hearing their fans boo the team.

It’s as much of a tradition as them playing “Hang on Sloopy”…

They made Tim Couch cry…

Honestly, I didn’t hear them boo them until Terrell Suggs picked off the ball, and for the 50,000 who were left many just grabbed their stuff and rolled.
They didn’t even have the ENERGY to boo them.

It really is a lot of fun going to the games every week and the reason I shoot the videos is to show you what it’s like to be a schmuck from Baltimore in the seats every week.

It’s one of my favorite parts of life: going to Ravens games on the road.
I don’t do “roadtrips” to Cleveland anymore because people really don’t want to go.

If you wear purple, it generally sucks. It’s just not any fun getting crap thrown at you and having your wife get called a whore for three hours. So, we wear black and just have “quiet” fun.

The fans sitting next to us didn’t know we were Ravens fans until the third quarter. We kinda snuck up on ‘em. It was a LOT of fun! Extremely memorable! With Obama buzzing around, Springsteen playing music that you could literally hear from our seats, it was pretty cool. And the comeback got me outta my seat high-fiving my wife and screaming like a banshee with a spear…

(Hey I was with Billick tonight at MaGerks…had to slip that one in there…It was a great time and an awesome crowd! Vids are coming soon!)

I can’t wait for Houston…

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