During Wednesday’s game at Cleveland’s Progressive Field, the AL Central-leading Detroit Tigers faced the second-place Cleveland Indians. Detroit had taken the first two games of the series with Justin Verlander besting Indians ace Justin Masterson in the 5-1 game. So game three of the series was a predictable grudge match as Detroit fans helped fill out the crowd at Progressive Field (Detroit is a quick 2 1/2 hour drive from Cleveland). By the top of the 9th inning, the game was tied at four and the crowd was raucous. I even texted a friend who was at the game to ask about the drunk guy who could be heard over Fox Sports commentators Rick Manning and Matt Underwood and over the teams chanting “Let’s go Indians!” and “Let’s go Tigers!”
And then the Indians fans began to drown out the Tigers fans with something completely different.
My friend, Pastor Jim McComas, posted this on Facebook:
“Cleveland Indians fans are chanting “Detroit’s Bankrupt.” If you can’t beat ‘em on the field, mock their city’s fiscal responsibility! #GottaLoveIt“
Sure enough, ever-optimistic Cleveland fans found a way to see the glass as half full in a city that has not been to the World Series since 1997 and has not won the Series since 1948. And has never won an NBA championship. And has never won the Super Bowl (at least Cleveland shares that “elite” status with Detroit).
DE-troit’s BANK-rupt! clap-clap, clap-clap-clap!
Twitter lit up over the chant. A guy named Camillo claims he started it with his “buddy George”:
Never thought we would be the start of a chant at an Indians game. Detroit's bankrupt thanks to my buddy George!!!
— Camillo Gaia IV (@BigCam07) August 6, 2013
Indians fans counter the "Lets go Tigers" chants with "Detroit's bankrupt" Hahahahaha that's hilarious #ClevelandRocks
— Kyle Hadding (@Kyle_Hadding) August 8, 2013
Some Detroit fans hit back:
Indians fans chanting "Detroit's bankrupt?" Nice. Low blows from the losers with the inferior ball club.
— Sammy McLean (@SammyMacAttack) August 8, 2013