The View from Pluto

Sports are a huge part of life in Northeast Ohio:  the good, the bad and the ugly.  There's the Browns, Cavs and Indians, not to mention a wealth of college action.  Every Wednesday morning, sports writer Terry Pluto from the Cleveland Plain Dealer stops by talk about it all with Amanda Rabinowitz.

Cleveland Browns are 0-12
Cleveland Browns

The Cleveland Browns return from their bye week staring down an 0-16 season. The front office recently held a staff meeting for all team employees to argue that this is not the time to make coaching and management changes despite the team now having lost 30 of their last 33 games. 

WKSU’s Amanda Rabinowitz talked to our commentator Terry Pluto about the state of the franchise: 

World Series at Progressive Field
Amanda Rabinowitz / WKSU

The Cleveland Indians did more than just win games to make it to the World Series. They beat the money game. The team’s $98 million payroll is ranked 23 among baseball’s 30 teams. And they were the only team ranked in the bottom 15 of payroll to even make the playoffs.

Owners and the players’ association face a deadline today on a new contract deal, but WKSU commentator Terry Pluto says one of the things they’re NOT talking about -- but should be -- is payrolls that give an edge to big market teams.  

LeBron James
Brandon Davis

Cleveland Cavaliers star LeBron James continues to cement his legacy as one of the NBA’s greats. James has moved into 10th on the NBA’s all-time scoring list, passing Hakeen Olajuwan.

WKSU commentator Terry Pluto has been following James since he was a teenager in Akron and just put out a book on the Cavs championship run called The Comeback.

photo of Progressive Field

It just wasn’t the year.  The Indians lost Game 7 of the World Series early this morning in a game that went into extra innings and was delayed by rain. The final score, 8-to-7. Our sports commentator Terry Pluto agrees it was a tough loss at the end of a really great season for the Tribe. 

“It’s like it was our year, but it wasn’t our year,” says Pluto. He says it was shocking that the Indians got to the World Series and Game 7 against a superior team like the Cubs. Few teams, he notes, get to the World Series, let alone lead it 3-1.

Indians World Series
Amanda Rabinowitz / WKSU

The World Series will go to a deciding Game 7, with Addison Russell's grand slam and 6 RBIs leading the Chicago Cubs to a 9-3 win over the Cleveland Indians last night. Josh Tomlin didn't make it out of the third inning. The loss for the Indians ties the series at 3-3. WKSU commentator Terry Pluto says Cleveland fans are no strangers to the drama.