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Bandwagon vs. Die hard Tribe fan, which one are you?

Posted at 7:45 PM, Nov 01, 2016
and last updated 2016-11-02 13:49:29-04
We're all rallying together to support the tribe in Game 6, hoping for the big win, while the excitement is great, News 5's Lauren Wilson tells us the reality is, it hasn't always been there, earlier in the season, this was not the scene. 
 
During this World Series Championship, we're seeing nothing but completely sold out games.
 
Even just in the matter of three watch parties, the Cleveland Indians report more 67,000 fans have shown up.
 
"It's a pretty special time," said John Wilson, a self-proclaimed diehard tribe fan.
 
But are they mostly bandwagon fans in the crowd? I went on a hunt to find out, stopping people downtown wearing their Tribe gear.
 
First was Kandia. I asked her when did she really start zoning in and watching the games?
 
She replied, "when they started winning."
 
Tyler Carr, from Columbus, answered my question almost identical to her, "when they made it to the World Series," he said.
 
But Wilson stuck out like a sore thumb.
 
"I live and die with the Indians, I live and die with the Browns, I live and die with the Cavs," he said.
 
He is among the few, if you're counting those who religiously show up.
 
The MLB struggled all season to get Clevelanders to come down for home games.
 
"Yes, The attendance has been poor, but they have a strong showing in Fanbase, maybe they're watching it from home," said Amish Pandya another Die Hard Tribe Fan.
 
Sitting at almost the bottom of the list for game attendance in the whole league, the tribe had just under 20 thousand per game, a dramatic difference from the 45 thousand fans in other cities like Los Angeles.
 
"People wrote them off because Carrasco got hurt and you know Bauer hurt his finger," Wilson said.
 
He told me he's been sticking with the tribe through thick and thin.
 
"In 95 I actually sold my ticket here and drove down to Atlanta and saw the first World Series game with my brother, but I've been a fan all my life."
 
Noticing the dramatic difference in fandom now that the Indians are winning, he told me it doesn't really bother him too much, in fact, he understands it, because, at the end of the day, it's all about Cleveland spirit.
 
"I don't get upset with them, you know I'm upset that the tickets cost so much that only the rich people can afford to be down there," he said. "You know every year is different, and every year you start out being really really excited and then sometimes you get disappointed at the end but you know, I'm a fan for life."