Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Diamonds are Forever

For the first time since 2007, the Cleveland Indians are in the ACLS.

For you non-sportsball people - that's American League Championship Season.

It's been a semi-interesting ride. The season was low key, but the Tribe plugged away, getting and staying in first place in their division since at least July.

Until the final weeks of play there was little drama - and then all of the sudden most of our starting pitcher (those are the guys who throw the ball to the batter) were out - one taking a line drive to the wrist.


While I knew our playoff berth was assured, I wasn't so sure how we would do.

As it turns out, fairly well. It was a sweep of the Boston Red Sox. The final two innings were a nail biter, but we persevered.

"We" - as if I had anything to do with it.

Cleveland were ACLS champs in 1995, 1996, 1997 and 1998. We would have in 1994 too {probably} had it not been for a baseball strike.

2007 was our last one against the Yankees.

But it's been 68 years (!!!!!) we've been waiting for a World Series title. That's still shy of the 86 years the Red Sox waited their turn. Or the 108 years the Chicago Cubs have been denied.

For us locals, our playoff partners is interesting: the Toronto Blue Jays.

I know, you're asking yourself, how can an Canadian team be "interesting".  Well, in theory, they are not. But Mark Shapiro, until end of last year was the manager of Indians. Now he's with the Blue Jays. And he took a few front office people with him - including a former neighbor.

I am trying not to get ahead of myself, but a World Series appearance would be nice. Winning it would be better. And for it to happen the same year we take the NBA title. That would simply am-ha-zing.

Should we make it to the Series, I will put a crowbar in my wallet and get us two tickets to a game. I want to see a win before I die.........which could be at any second.  You just never know.

Song by: Shirley Basset


anne marie in philly said...

I wanna see a cubs-cleveland world series. dog KNOWS chicago deserves a title!

interesting that your glory years 2005-2008 were OUR glory years too. my team was damn lucky ATL kept us outta da basement.

Bob said...

What's this baseball of which you speak? I kid! I did like the royal "we" though!

The Cool Cookie said...

I am beyond ecstatic. I don't want to jinx this. So lets savor today. And lets go hunting for bluejays.

Fearsome Beard said...

I'm a baseball fan. A big one. The Indians are a team I could easily root for but dammit they are American League and I'm a National league guy. However that being said I could still end up rooting for them depending on who wins the NLCS.
Anyhoo...World Series tickets? That must be one strong crowbar you have cause those will set you back and set you back good.