CLEVELAND —  "You Said It" is a reader participation column based on the premise that if you don't laugh about Cleveland sports you'll cry.

And that if you do laugh about Cleveland sports, you might still end up crying. But at least friends and family will like being around you more. 

YOU SAID IT

Bud: Frankie Lindor called Cleveland “my city” more than once over the past few days. That makes it clear he’ll take a hometown discount at the appropriate time and spend the entirety of his career here, right? — Jim (not Thome).

Yes. And he will ride out to shortstop every night on a unicorn.

Bud: Shane Bieber got the MVP for striking out the side in the fifth? Wasn’t Joey Gallo’s home run the difference in the AL’s win? Feels like the voters were just throwing a bone there. Not that I'm complaining. — Tim, C-Town.

I think they didn’t see a clear-cut choice. But even if they were in fact throwing Cleveland a bone, it was better than what Brad Hand was throwing.

Bud: Since you don’t have to watch these ‘All-Star’ games any longer, do you still watch these peacocks strutting around? — O. Bill Stone.

If you mean You Said It contributors, yes, unfortunately, I still do.

Bud: Was that former Indian Josh Tomlin who was the designated pitcher for the 2019 MLB Home Run Derby? — Jim Corrigan, Fairview Park.

As someone who once gave up back-to-back homers to twin brothers on the first two at-bats of a game, I'm probably not the one to ask. Josh Tomlin always looked like Roger Clemens to me. 

Bud: Can we bring back Chief Wahoo now? — Jay Shulman.

If I didn’t know better, I’d think you represented Carlos Boozer in negotiations with Gordon Gund.

Bud: Last week's YSI comments included one about the possibility of Baker Mayfield coming in softer because he was getting married. I have to ask that reader.... you've never been married, have you? If anything he will be playing angry most of the time. I can hear a receiver yelling at him now. "Well if you don't know when I'm open I am certainly not going to tell you!” — EastSide Eddie.

Why do I get the feeling that you have proven wrong the adage “the third time’s the charm?”

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Hey, Bud: Have you ever doffed your cap to the folks as you approached the green after a particularly stellar shot? — Keith Jameson, Fairview Park.

By popular demand, the only time I show this hairline is at the barber shop. And even he only agrees to cut my hair if I bring the eclipse glasses.

Bud: I heard Commissioner Rob Manfred say Cleveland getting the All-Star game had nothing to do with phasing out the Chief. He was so convincing I now also believe the ball isn't juiced. -- Justin Verlander.

You Said It "winners" finally stop striking out.