Cleveland baseball fans have 'Indians fever' with team in playoff race in September

Team exceeds expectations for many diehard fans

CLEVELAND - Even though Sunday was the first day of fall and temperatures have started to drop, Cleveland baseball fans are feeling "Indians fever" as the team battles to maintain a wildcard playoff spot.

Debbie and Steve Ondercin of Mayfield Heights attended Sunday's game at Progressive Field with Debbie's parents, Bertha and Jim Mehalic of Willoughby.

Steve and Debbie got engaged after an Indians game in 1979. Both diehard fans, the 2013 Indians have exceeded their expectations.

"We've seen what's happened in the past. We've been let down with injuries and people not performing but this year everybody seems to be stepping up at the right time," said Steve.

"We've waited a long time and we're hoping this is the year," said Debbie.

The Indians success this season caused Bertha and Jim to reconsider a monthly finance decision at home.

"He (Jim) wanted to get rid of cable," said Bertha. "He said it costs too much and we decided, no way, because we're at home, when we're not here (ballpark), watching it all the time."

Fans are excited the team is, once again, in the playoff chase this late into the season.

"We haven't really gone to the playoffs in awhile and it's good to be in there again," said Connor Schuh of Huron.

"I don't think that I would have thought for a minute back in April that they'd be vying for the playoffs," said Mike McNeely of Cleveland.

Charlene Szubski of Parma could not contain her excitement at Sunday's game when talking about her favorite team in the thick of the wildcard playoff race.

"This is the year. This is the year and we're going to win. We're going to win," said Charlene. "We don't lose. Indians are number one, always and will be."

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