I think last night marked the end of:
1) Lindor's career with the team;
2) The team name "Indians."
Let the rebuild commence.
Were our bullpen guys mandated by MLB to walk the leadoff hitter in every inning? And apparently our CF was playing slippers and couldn't stay on his feet most of the night. I've never done this before, but I'll agree with Brian...embarrassing!
I think you will have an initial furor from some old diehards and that it will eventually die down. It will be just like the people who vow that they're going to stop supporting the Browns yet every season the stadium is full. In the end, the Cleveland baseball team will make more money by selling merchandise for the new team name.If they get rid of the name, they will lose LOTS of fans.
And, if they are sincere about doing it, they need to release the rights to the name entirely, and let others license and use it.