CLEVELAND, OH - JUNE 2: Endy Chavez #9 of the Texas Rangers scores as Carlos Carrasco #59 of the Cleveland Indians tries to cover home after a throwing error by Carlos Santana #41 (not shown) during the sixth inning at Progressive Field on June 2, 2011 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)
Aside from DFW, there probably aren't any bigger fans of the Dallas Mavericks right now than those that reside in the greater Cleveland area.
After all, the jilted fan base is praying the Mavericks can keep their native son, LeBron James, from winning his first NBA title since bolting for South Beach amid hoopla and controversy.
But as much as they're supporting the Mavericks right now, they couldn't have been any happier to see the Texas Rangers leave town on Sunday after a four-game sweep of the Indians that completed a 6-1 road trip for the Rangers and the first road sweep for the club since 1999, and the first road sweep in Cleveland in more than 30 years.
Don't believe me? Here's the lede to Chris Asseheimer's story in today's Chronicle-Telegram, a suburban Cleveland newspaper:
CLEVELAND — So long, Texas Rangers. Don't let the door hit you on the behind on the way out of Progressive Field.
See what I mean.
The Rangers are rolling right now, and they're doing it not because of Josh Hamilton's and Nelson Cruz's return from the disabled list, though both hit monstrous blasts over the weekend, but they're doing it because of the starting pitching with six shutouts in the past three weeks.
Now comes a little mini-homestand with a three-gamer against Detroit. Think the Rangers can go on another 9-1 tear? We'll find out soon.