Cleveland is not that good.
Seriously. I swear that they are not. Trust me.
You can do it. Get over your Cleveland complex, please.
Top of the 5th:
I join the game, we're down 0-7. Ouch. Seven.
But wait..... There's a little life left in us......Thank you Mike Redmond, Justin Morneau and Jason Kubel. Way to go. 2-7.
Top of the 6th:
Jason Bartlett, you are a god. Solo homer: 3-7. C'mon guys, let's DO this thing!
Hmm. Followed by two straight outs. Not much of a rally, but there's still plenty of baseball tonight if the pitching holds up and the bats don't go cold. I am keeping the faith.
Bottom of the 6th:
The boys bail Julio out of some trouble with a sweet double play. When we're still down by 4 it's not quite enough to inspire the Happy Dance....but it's close.
Top of the 7th:
I have have gotten up to find a baseball cap to wear all rally-like, all the while mumbling things like "goddamned cleveland..." and "F&#! Grady Sizemore...."
Just like that Cuddy doubles. Then Jason Kubel walks...
I start warming up and stretching for the Happy Dance.....
And then there's a pitching change and Mike Redmond gets into a triple play. Now I feel a little bit like throwing up.
Bottom of the 7th:
Helloooo Matty. Guerrier, that is.
I really hate Kenny Lofton. And I only like sac flies when they are OURS. hmph. 3-8.
Top of the 8th:
I make an emergency trip to the grocery for cat litter because my cat doesn't like the new litter she got today. I am further side-tracked when my stop at the ATM results in me receiving three $5 bills from 2003 that are still brand new and have consecutive serial numbers. This is the monetary equivalent of "something shiny" and I spend several minutes examining them.
I return when it's the....
Top of the 9th
and Jason Kubel is the 3rd out. 3-8. I can only assume that I didn't really miss much.
I would again like to repeat that Cleveland is really, really not as good as they appear to be when we happen to be playing them. I have every hope that this realization will also come to the players sometime between now and tomorrow, and they will do something amazing with the rest of this series.