For Pete's Sake

Cleveland columnist who wrote off Indians jumps in Lake Erie to settle bet

Cleveland Plain Dealer sports columnist Paul Hoynes admitted he was wrong, so he jumped in Lake Erie.

I assume Hoynes has done stuff wrong in the past, but this time he was settling a bet.

After Cleveland Indians pitchers Carlos Carrasco and Danny Salazar were sidelined with injuries in September, Hoynes said the team was toast. Specifically, he said the Indians wouldn’t advance in the playoffs. The headline on that column: “Sept. 17: The day Cleveland Indians’ postseason dreams ended before they began.”

Indians second baseman Jason Kipnis was particularly enraged about the column.

At some point, Hoynes made a bet: If the Indians advanced to the World Series, he would jump in a lake. Well, you know what has happened on the field.

So, Hoynes jumped into Lake Erie on a blustery Cleveland (and kind of looked like George Costanza going to save a whale in the process). It was posted on Tuesday before the Indians and Cubs begin the World Series.

Pete Grathoff: 816-234-4330, @pgrathoff