Cleveland Indians Twitter has been a vibrant community since the early days of the social media platform.
Fans come together for 162 games and live and die with every pitch.
That leads to plenty of overreactions along the way, but such is the way of Twitter.
Monday saw the team account tweet out the lineup, as it does for every game.
This time they asked fans to find what was hidden in the featured picture.
As expected, the answers were just a bit cheeky in nature.
You tried to hide Jake Bauers in the lineup like a real hitter but we noticed
— Joey (@joeytweetsports) May 24, 2021
It only got started from there.
Fans Express Frustration With Replies
The Indians could go 162-0 and some fans would still probably find reasons to complain.
The team is obviously struggling at times in 2021, so the gripes are plentiful.
Very clever @Indians! In the top right there is a hidden bank safe that Dolan puts his money into instead of paying good players.
— Berg Thorbjarnarson (@NUCLESPORTS) May 24, 2021
Did you hide what steaming service to watch the game on 🤷♂️
— Adam weber (@Adrock131313) May 24, 2021
There is just no telling what fans will say to any single tweet that comes from the official Indians account.
That job is one this writer does not envy, but it is clear those in that department have fun with it.
The alternative would be getting too frustrated and having no joy at all.
One fan did reply with a rare tweet of support in the thread.
If only you could hide the whiny Indians fans who can't even enjoy the fact the team is currently 4 games over .500 and in 2nd place.
— Jim Kohler (@jak2931) May 24, 2021
The Usual Targets
Any tweet from the team will feature fans complaining about ownership not spending money.
That is just commonplace at this point and there are hashtags dedicated to the Dolan family and their financial ways.
You made Lindor disappear. Worst magic trick ever.
— Grayson K.🇺🇸🇩🇪 (@GKrew93) May 24, 2021
Sell the team, please.
— Jeff SchwartZ (@MrJeffSchwartz0) May 24, 2021
The other main culprit so far is the Indians offense.
While the team account does make it clear they don’t make the physical lineups, fans need somewhere to vent and the replies are the easiest place to do just that.
How about just get rid of Jake Bauer’s
— tim cox (@kingcoxie95) May 24, 2021
Minor leaguers in the bottom half of the lineup?
— Jason A (@AMDG_Jay24bal) May 24, 2021
This goes on and on, but we don’t have the patience to read too much negativity.
The overall point here is that even with the team having success, fans are still plenty frustrated.
A full capacity crowd at Progressive Field next month will also mark the return of the critics in the stands.
But at this point, any noise is welcome after well over a year of limited and even no capacity crowds.
Still Plenty of Positives
Twitter is not the best place to go to if you are seeking true positivity.
Individuals need some sort of outlet and social media has become that place, even to the point of being far too toxic at times.
The best strategy is to find those who have similar interests and hit that mute or block button for those who may want to troll or only be negative.
Good groups of people, albeit virtually, are still out there on Twitter.
The Indians are right in the mix for the American League Central division and if fans need an enemy, directing it at ownership is just fine.
Just take it easy on those simply running the team’s social media accounts.