Monday, April 09, 2007


The strange spring of Nanook of the North Coast, formerly known as Chief Wahoo, just got a little stranger. Since our weather is supposed to be miserable for at least a week, Major League Baseball has thrown in the towel and decided that the Cleveland Indians' home opener this season will be in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Yup, the Tribe will open the 2007 home campaign against the Angels in Milwaukee. It goes without saying that this is the kind of stuff that can only happen to Cleveland. After all, it's like Randy Newman said, we're the "city of light, city of magic."

Anyway, if they have to play the Tribe's home opener in a Cleveland substitute, Milwaukee's as good a place as any. In fact, the good folks of Milwaukee have some experience subbing for Cleveland. Milwaukee's old County Stadium played the part of Cleveland Municipal Stadium in the film Major League.

Let's just hope that the real Tribe plays as well in Milwaukee as their fictional counterparts did. When it comes right down to it, I guess I don't really care where they play in April, so long as they're playing someplace in October.

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