Cleveland! This Is For You!

I tweeted it last night. What kind of a world do we live in where the Cavs and Indians can win world championships in the same year. Because after last night, that’s a real possibility.

And given the abuse that C-town has taken over the decades, and the number of times they’ve had their hearts ripped right out of their chests, there’s nothing I’d like to see more.

Well, other than, the Browns chasing those two world titles by running the table backwards and going 0-16. Then it would be perfect.

But don’t kid yourselves. The Indians have a legitimate look at this thing. Especially after last night.

Going into the game, both the Indians and Blue Jays, and pretty much anyone paying attention to this series, knew Indians starter Trevor Bauer might not be long for the game. Remember, Bauer nearly sliced off one of his digits repairing his Drone.

There have been some pretty bad baseball injuries over the years, but this one is the new gold standard. Not just because of how he got hurt, but because it ultimately cost him a start in the ALCS. And when he took the bump without a bandaid, you knew it was a just a matter of time before dude started to hemorrhage. Actually, it was a just matter of pitches, before we were watching a really bad saw sequel.

Hope fixing that drone was worth it, Trevor. Dude was bleeding out on the mound and forced manager Terry Francona to go to his bullpen in the first inning!

Look, we all have hobbies. And some adults still play with toys. That’s fine. But if your company is in a really important point of the business year, you know, like the baseball postseason, and you hurt yourself playing with one of your toys and then actually miss work over it, that’s whack. That’s extremely lame. And inexcusable.

But again, lucky for Bauer, it didn’t matter. Because the bullpen was lights out and picked him up. You know how deep and how good your bullpen has to be for the manager to go to it in the first inning?! Against a crew of mashers like Toronto. And for it to work, in a hostile environment, against a team playing a must-win game. That’s why the Indians are headed to the World Series for the first time since 1997. That, and thanks to the brute that is Mike Napoli and his monster night at the dish.

As for the Jays, they’re done. I’m not saying it’s impossible to come back from a 3-0 deficit. I’m saying you’re not the ones to do it. Not when it’s only happened once in the history of the game and it was accomplished by the manager sitting in the opposing dugout.

The Indians have run off six wins in a row, against very good teams, no way in hell, they’re losing four in a row now.

The Indians have their ace Corey Kluber going today and if they finish it today, they’ll have plenty of rest going into the World Series. And with each passing day, the so-called mistake by the lake edges closer and closer to the City of Champions. Cleveland! This is for you!!

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