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: Why did Baker Mayfield speak out so strongly on Duke Johnson’s trade request? Isn’t it unspoken that team leaders don’t get in between teammates and the organization in situations like this? — Billy.

You’re way ahead of me in your analysis. I’m still grappling with the disappointment that he didn’t find a way to blame Hue Jackson.

Bud: In discussing Duke Johnson, Baker said, “I would not say that I am not happy about it.” What does that mean? — Tim, C-Town.

From what I’ve heard over the past couple weeks, I think it means Baker wrote the Mueller Report.

So that's why people called me "Borat?" 

Bud: Now that Gerald is going to the Panthers, I guess I'll return my McCoy jersey to the back of the closet. — Pat.

Tip to reduce clutter: If it’s now on the same portion of the rack as a “Bowe” and “Britt” jersey, consider the nearest Goodwill for all three.

Bud: I hear a District ticket at Progressive Field comes with a complimentary beer. Don't you think it should be something a lot stronger?— Vince G, Cincinnati.

Fair warning. If you order while the Indians are at bat, it’s a light beer.

Your words, sir. Not mine. My thoughts. But your words.

Bud: When you go to an Indians game, do you look at the stands as 2/3 empty?Or are you an optimist, and see them as 1/3 full? -- Paul Ferko, Parma.

On a nightly basis, the only true optimist I see in that park is either in uniform or banging a drum.

Bud: Can Rolls-Royce trunks accommodate a lot of baggage? -- Jim Corrigan, Fairview Park.

You Said It "winners" are not just along for the ride.