IT'S GAME 7!!!
We have had just one other game 7 in Indians history. Granted, the outcome was not in our favor, but it was against the Marlins- the first expansion team to be in the World Series; not an adversary we expected. Now we have the game 7 we have always dreamed about.
Many of you probably share my story. I spent hours in the backyard playing baseball with neighbors and by myself, imagining this very moment in my mind. I never worried about games 1 through 6 - it was always game 7. Game 7! I didn't dream of Games 5 or 6. It was always Game 7. And there were only two worthy opponents in those boyhood dreams: the Yankees and the Red Sox. I look back on countless afternoons tossing the whiffle ball and dreaming up ninth inning scenarios leading up to the home run against Goose Gossage or Roger Clemens... Seven-Five score in the ninth inning; two outs and no one on base; a cheap single; then, a walk after fouling off countless pitches; all leading up to the 3-2 fastball launched into the bleachers... I have been looking forward to this game all of my baseball-loving life. (In fact, I have been looking forward to this post-season all of my life - we have faced both the Red Sox and the Yankees!).
So, I am not going to let the disappointments of the past couple games diminish this dream. I am not going to let the "warts" of baseball's current scandals prevent me from enjoying this moment. I'm not going to let all of the doom-and-gloom Cleveland talk on discussion boards and in the media ruin this once-in-a-lifetime experience.
Here's to the dream. Here's to the anticipation of Game 7 glory. And here's to the Tribe - a team that I would always want as teammates in my backyard dreams.
Let's Go Tribe!
(NOTE: This may be a little too sappy for the board, but I think it merits it's own diary because every red-blooded baseball fan likely shares this experience. I hope it gets at the essence of the game. As I sit here pinned to the computer, struggling, while my wife screams at me (literally) for wasting time, I am trying to make sense of this....)