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A longtime Tribe fan in enemy territory

May 7, 2013

It is not too often you would find a Cleveland Indians fan deep behind enemy lines — living in Tiger country in Michigan. But this Newton Falls native works for the governmen....

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May-08-13 1:51 PM

Well I'm Jake, Mark friend in the story. I'm also a 76 grad of Newton Falls living in Orlando, Florida now. I have been coming home every 4th of July since 1995 and Mark and I usually go to at least 1 Indians game. I'm been and remain a fan of the Cincy Reds and up till a couple of years ago, The Reds and Indians had their series while I was home. Mark would usually at least one of the weeks off also. So in recent years I gone with him to see other teams play. The 4th of July vacation has become a tradition for Mark and I. I have stayed in touch with Mark probably more then any of my classmates (and he doesn't even have Facebook). I meet with him when he used to vacation at Disney in past years. This year I came home fom christmas for the first time since I moved to Orlando and got to see my first Newton Falls versus La Brae basketball game since I left in 81. That night I got to see coach Zorn who I hadn't seen in awhile and old friend Mike Gillespie.

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May-08-13 8:22 AM

A great story and tribute to dedicated Indians Fan Mark Fischer! I worked with Mark at the Nixon archives for many years. He worked hard and long hours during the week and off-season so he could earn leave for baseball season. He would leave early on Fridays and drive 5 hours to Cleveland for just about every weekend series. There were several of us in the office that went with him to cleveland for games: I remember going to see Thome hit and C.C. pitch and I remember seeing Bob Feller signing autographs for kids and I remember great tasting hot dogs too. Visits to ballparks are treasured experiences and this article shows that!

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