DOWNTOWN CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - Crowds outside Progressive Field gathered Wednesday night wearing Indians gear, including Chief Wahoo jackets, jerseys and hats, and a couple people were spotted wearing headdresses.
"We thought it was appropriate to wear to the World Series," said Indians fan Brandon Harris, who wore a headdress to Game 2. "Any other mascot I can't put on this war makeup and this headdress, so you might as well keep it, right?"
Some people may think so, but others disagree.
Outside the ballpark about a dozen protesters gathered holding signs. The demonstrators want the Indians to change the team name and get rid of Cleveland mascot Chief Wahoo.
"I can't bring myself to root for a team that degrades people and degrades human beings," said American Indian Movement of Ohio Executive Director Philip Yenyo.
The controversy isn't new, but it recently got attention from MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred. Manfred said he sees both sides of the issue. He recently told ESPN he'd agreed to have a conversation with Larry Dolan about what should happen with the logo moving forward.
Dolan is the principal owner of the Indians.
"I'm really happy to see they are going to sit down and discuss this," said Yenyo. "I intend to send the commissioner a letter requesting we be sitting at that table also."
A few fans said they're open to change.
"I've been a lifelong Indians fan, but I do see, it is a little bit derogatory," said Cleveland fan Joe Rodocker. "If this offends anyone, I would rather the team steer a different way."
However, other people said the Indians and Chief Wahoo should stay exactly the same.
"No, don't change it. (Chief Wahoo) is Cleveland," said Indians fan Linda Marr.
This isn't the first time the issue has made headlines during the post season. Recently, a Canadian activist tried to get the Chief Wahoo logo banned during the ALCS in Toronto. A judge dismissed the lawsuit.
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