The opening week of the Cleveland Indians 2017 campaign does not a year make, but sweeping the Texas Rangers, and getting swept by the Arizona Diamondbacks has given me that Dr. Jeckyl and Mr. Hyde feeling, twisting and turning in my gut. Fortunately, I don’t think the A.L. Central will present the Indians with too much of a hassle regardless of the early meanderings of the Tribe, so the worries are being kept at bay by the realities of the division. The season is still rooted in wet cement, so prophesizing the future based off of the beginning is akin to treading on insanity.
But it’s the Home Opener today, and I’d like to leave you with some things to ponder, as you take in what should be deemed a local Cleveland holiday.
If you’re going to the game today, enjoy! I’ll be watching from the friendly confines of WFNY’s EHC outpost, while much of the WFNY crew will be perched somewhere at Progressive Field, drinking fine local ales, taking in Game 7 overall, and Game 1 in Cleveland. Through it all, strategy will be discussed, and remembering other Home Openers will swell throughout the day.
I’ll leave you with this memory. On April 12th, 1992, the Indians faced off against the Boston Red Sox in a 19-inning affair in front of 65,813 fans. To put that crowd into perspective, over their next ten home games, the Indians drew a tad over 63,000 (I just added them up).
The game took 6 hours and 30 minutes, and at the time, was the longest game in actual time, in Cleveland history. Carlos Baerga went 6-for-9, and the Indians had 20 hits, and lost, 7-5, on a Tim Naehring home run.
The next day was the only scheduled double-header in the big leagues that year, and the Indians won Game 1 of that double-header without getting a hit. Don’t worry, it didn’t count as a no-hitter because Matt Young’s 120-pitch complete game was only eight innings due to the Indians not needing to bat in the ninth. In 1991, MLB had changed the rules so that “nine-innings” were a no-hit requisite.
Only in Cleveland.
They will be all wrong, but alas, I shall pick them anyways