Mavec: Being from ‘Believeland’
Everyone keeps asking me if I feel especially proud of being from Cleveland right now, since the Cavs won the championship and the Indians have just begun playing in the World Series.
Yes, I love my city, and I am so happy for both teams’ success. However, I have never been that interested in basketball or baseball. I’m a football fan and not a Cleveland Browns one at that. I love the Pittsburgh Steelers, which is seen as a traitorous act back home, but that’s beside the point.
I would be lying if I said I have been keeping up with the scores of the games, or that I even know when they are. Honestly, I just wait for my dad to call me and tell me who won.
For me, being from Cleveland is about so much more than who scores the most baskets or hits the most home runs. It’s about the culture, the people, the food, the atmosphere and the possibilities. I grew up in a place where not only can you find literally every kind of person from every background but also where there are so many opportunities. It is home to the Cleveland Clinic, which was ranked the second best hospital in the nation in U.S. News & World Report’s “2016-17 Best Hospitals.” It is home to Playhouse Square, the largest performing arts and theater district in the United States outside of New York City. It is the birthplace of rock ‘n’ roll, home to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. It is where great pieces of entertainment such as “A Christmas Story” and “Superman” were created. It houses the Cleveland Orchestra, which is the third most recorded orchestra in the world. There are restaurants from world-renowned chefs such as Michael Symon, Matt Fish and Dante Boccuzzi.
I could talk forever about the wonderful hidden gem that is Cleveland, Ohio. So yes, congratulations to my city for our athletic success but let us not forget everything else that ‘Believeland’ has to offer.
If anyone is looking for a vacation anytime soon, you know where to go.
Mavec is a reporter for the Tribune.